Archive of the month reveals a Cambridge secret

Apostles in a garden

The first Archive of the month for 2011 reveals the story behind The Cambridge Apostles, a secret society made of members of the University.

The Apostles was founded in 1820 to debate morality and religion. Members of The Apostles went on to become influential figures in British society. Former Apostles include John Maynard Keynes, Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey and Rupert Brooke.

King's Archive Centre holds leather-bound diaries of the society's members up until 1930. These diaries, which were kept in a cedar chest called the Ark, also include notes on the topics The Apostles discussed. You can see pictures some of these diaries, and find out more about The Apostles, in the Archive of the month.

5 January 2011