100 Years Ago – 30 April 1920

30 April 1920

Lord Rosebery and Sir EE Cooper, the Lord Mayor of London, petitioned the Government for funds to establish a Centre for Advanced Historical Studies. The project was successful and the centre opened in 1921, although it was a generous donation of £20,000 from Sir John Cecil Power that funded most of the new academic establishment, which is still in existence.

The French railwaymen went out on a national strike, and the on-going New Zealand railway strike caused issues with the tour of the country by the Prince of Wales.

David Lloyd George addressed the House of Commons following the conclusion of the conference at San Remo, with the broad support of the opposition leader, Herbert Henry Asquith. There was also widespread support in the media, with a feeling that the Prime Minister has secured peace in a turbulent European backdrop. It was agreed that the French would withdraw from Frankfurt, which they did in 17 May 1920, only if the number of German troops in the Ruhr district were reduced to the pre-agreed levels, which they did.