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Gowns, squares, and bulldogs: Proctors and Constables in the University of Cambridge

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The Proctors are among the most ancient Offices in the University, with duties ranging from the oversight of University examinations, discipline of members of the University, and play an integral part of the conferring of degrees and other ceremonial events.

Dressed in the distinctive garb of a traditional Master of Arts, they are often seen around the University, sometimes accompanied by their Constables, or bulldogs. The Constabulary was formed in 1825, making it the oldest police force, and still has the right to bear arms within the Precincts of the University.

This year’s Senior Proctor, David Goode, will give an illustrated and entertaining talk about the Proctors and the Constables through history.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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