The history of historical societies
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Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to our March newsletter. We've got another talk, a week Tuesday, where we'll hear about the rise of local historical societies in the nineteenth century, and more detail about our upcoming events.

Talk: Town vs. gown – Social divides in Cambridgeshire antiquarian life

On Tuesday 10 March, Mariel Rodriguez will talk about the rise of antiquarian societies in the period 1839 to 1913.

The University of Cambridge was at the forefront of the national revival of interest in antiquarianism and archaeology in the 1830s, but as casual groups dedicated to the study and preservation of historic architecture, artefacts, and landscapes were formed across the country, ordinary Cambridge townspeople were left out of the conversation. This talk will look at the ways Cambridgeshire residents like Frederick Leach and C. H. Evelyn White found ways to insert themselves into the conversation or create their own advocacy spaces, until by the twentieth century it was not the university, but rather the non-university antiquarian society, that was at the forefront of national preservation debates.

Mariel is studying for her PhD at the University of Cambridge and is a guide at the David Parr House in her spare time. 

This talk will be at Ross Street Community Centre at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm, admission £3, tea and biscuits provided.

Workshop: Who Lived Here?

On Tuesday 14 April at 7pm in the Bath House, Mary Naylor will be running another beginners workshop helping you to find out who lived in houses in the past, where they came from and what they did. Mill Road will be the focus, but the sources can be applied to any street. Bring a laptop if you have one. We will look at ‘free to use’ websites, street directories, and resources held at the Cambridgeshire Archives and Cambridgeshire Collection.

10 places only, booking essential, please email to reserve your place. 

VE Day Bring an Object Tell a Story

On Tuesday 12 May we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. To mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, our AGM will take a different format this year. Instead of a formal talk, we'll be hosting a 'bring an object, tell a story' event. If you have any Second World War objects with an interesting five minute story attached, please get in touch. We'll also save time for extra stories on the night. A Mill Road connection is welcome but not essential.

The AGM and event will be held at Ross Street Community Centre at 7:30pm. Admission £3, free for those who are telling a story!

Jobs at the Museum of Cambridge

The Museum of Cambridge are currently advertising two paid roles - an Operations and Facility Manager, responsible for the day to day running of the museum, and a Community and Visitor Engagement Officer. They are also looking for more volunteers to join the board as Trustees of the Museum.

Full details and how to apply can be found at  The closing date for applications for the paid roles is 6 March. 

Mill Road on BBC Radio

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire have been running a short weekly series from Yolanda Mendez Perez who "celebrates the characters and community of Mill Road". The series has now finished and the last 4 episodes are available to listen at You may well spot some familiar voices amongst the interviewees.

Upcoming Events

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

AGM and VE Day Bring an Object Tell a Story
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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