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From small beginnings

  • 13th February 1815

    Our great society was founded

  • Debating permitted with no restrictions

  • 1866

    Union building officially opened

  • President Theodore Roosevelt visits The Union

  • Women guests permitted inside The Union for meals

  • Election of officers suspended for Second World War: RAF commandeer building

  • The Union votes to admit women 449-180

  • Ann Mallalieu (Newnham) first female president



  • The Union becomes a registered charity

  • The Union wins the World Debating Championship in Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Ronald Reagan speaks at 175th anniversary dinner

  • Launch of 'CUS Live' a permanent online streaming service

  • The 1815 bar opens to the public

  • Large-scale refurbishment of the union starts

  • Refurbishments are completed and The Union's new bar and brasserie opens, The Orator

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