New Year, new talks
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Mackay’s shop front 1920, courtesy of Duncan Mackay. 
Dear <<First Name>>,
Happy New Year to all our subscribers!

Our 2020 season of talks starts tomorrow with our talk on Mackays and we have four more talks plus a workshop lined up for you. Brief details below, but you can also see our website and Facebook for more information.

Talk: Mackays – The History of a Local Store

Our first talk of the year is on Tuesday 14 January and features Duncan Mackay who will tell us about exciting projects and turbulent times in the history of one of Cambridge’s favourite family businesses.

The story starts in Scotland, continues via East Road, Cambridge and a deal with wheelwright firm Alsop & Sons in 1912, and reaches as far as Los Angeles. The firm has been involved in several major 20th century developments, including the early radio telescopes, all whilst continuing to supply its local market.

This event takes place at Ross Street Community Centre. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30 start. Everyone is welcome, admission £3, tea and biscuits served afterwards. 

Talk: Courtship in Victorian England

Our February talk, on Tuesday 11 February at Ross Street Community Centre at 7:30pm, is from Maggie Kalenak and is on Courtship in Victorian England. Maggie will talk about love, courtship and engagement in nineteenth century England, considering sources such as love letters, diaries, etiquette manuals, periodicals, novels and the stories of individual couples. Discover just how different dating was a couple of centuries ago.

As we've mentioned in earlier newsletters Maggie is looking for your stories about courtship (whether from Victorian England or more recent). You can find all the details at


After those first two talks our upcoming events are as follows:

Talk: Town vs. gown – Social divides in Cambridgeshire antiquarian life
Tuesday, 10 March, 7:30pm, Ross Street Community Centre

Workshop: Who Lived Here?
Tuesday, 14 April, 7pm, The Bath House

AGM and talk to be announced
Tuesday, 12 May, 7:30pm, Ross Street Community Centre

Talk: Stories from the Cemetery
Tuesday, 9 June, 7:30, Ross Street Community Centre

More information on the website at


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