A standard remodeling project in one of the University of Cambridge’s colleges unearthed a real historic bonanza. In fact, when the construction team knocked down a wall in Selwyn College’s Old Court, they couldn’t quite believe what they’d found.
Yet perhaps the historic discovery shouldn’t be so surprising. After all, England is home to some of the world’s oldest universities. And of these, the famous institutions of Oxford and Cambridge are undoubtedly seen as the finest.
Both universities have colorful histories. Over the years they’ve been the sites of much political dissent. And notably, they also served as intelligence and recruitment bases during both world wars. Indeed, Cambridge itself was born out of dissent. It was established in 1209 when angry scholars left Oxford – the oldest English-speaking university in the world – to create their own university.