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King George I established the Regius Professorship of Modern History in 1724. Since then Cambridge has boasted a series of renowned historians such as Lord Acton, GM Trevelyan, Herbert Butterfield, Geoffrey Elton and JH Plumb.

The Faculty of History is one of the largest history departments in the world. Its work spans the globe and exemplifies the rich variety of sub-disciplines that constitutes history today.

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Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.

The wetlands of the Camargue, France. Image copyright Josef Grunig and used under a Creative Commons licence
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The MAVA Foundation has given a £1.14 million grant to Cambridge’s Department of Zoology to support its 'Conservation Evidence' project.
Laser laboratory in the Department of Chemistry
Gift announcement
Gift from The Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation for new laboratory in the Department of Chemistry – The Sir Rodney Sweetnam Laboratory for Micro and Nanoscale Biomedical Science.