AAMR was commissioned to undertake restoration and conservation to both the President`s Chair and the top of the Debating Desk, both made from Oak, in the Society’s most famous room, the Debating Chamber. A number of other restorations have been done including additional chairs, some 1855 stained glass windows and window stays.
Although the C. U. S. was established in 1815 it was not until 1866 when the present building became the permanent home of the Cambridge Union Society. This new building, its furniture & fittings was designed by noted architect Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) who became known for his Victorian Gothic Revival style that can be seen in some of his numerous other projects; the Natural History Museum, London (1873), Manchester Town Hall (1877) and the headquarters of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (1896).
The C. U. S. has the distinction of being the world`s oldest continuous debating society and has seen such names as Sir Winston Churchill, President Theodore Roosevelt, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, President Ronald Reagan, Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir Trevor MacDonald and Professor Lord Robert Winston to name a few who have been invited to speak over its 200 years of history.
Further information about the history of the C. U. S. and its building can be found it its website.
Images courtesy of the President & C.U.S.