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Welcome to our bang-on-time September newsletter. We hope you have all been enjoying the sunshine today after our typically English bank holiday weather the rest of this weekend.

Open Cambridge 2020

For quite a few years now September has meant Open Cambridge and Mill Road History Society has been a part of it since we started. This year the University made the decision, as with much else, to move the entire event online, but we are still involved as you can see from the press release the University sent out.

This year's Open Cambridge runs from Friday 11 September to Sunday 13 September and has live-streamed and pre-recorded events. You can read the full programme as an online brochure or browse the list of events.

We were intending to run tours of Mlll Road and the Cemetery, as we did last year, so instead we've created six virtual tours of some of the locations we talk about:
  • Donkey Common
  • Covent Garden
  • Sally Ann's/The Playhouse
  • Mill Road Cemetery 
  • The Bath House 
  • 175 Mill Road (Hilary's)
We also have a contribution from Historyworks' Helen Weinstein with an introduction to the Sturton Town area.

These events are available all weekend from the Open Cambridge website.

Also unconnected to us, but very Mill Road related, there is a tour of the new Mosque in Romsey.


Many thanks to all those who joined the AGM and Quiz last month. The draft minutes from the AGM are available at

The recording of whole event is available on our Facebook page. It will also be made available in our channel on YouTube in the near future.

Other News

The Museum of Cambridge has just re-opened after their Covid-enforced shutdown, initially in a limited fashion. Check their website for opening details.

Ian Rawlinson has an exhibition of new work at the Edge Café on Mill Road entitled ABSENCE. Ian runs an exhibition at the Café every year and has also been part of previous Mill Road History events. There is a private preview viewing of the exhibition taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 1 September, from 6pm-8pm, to which you are all cordially invited.
ABSENCE is the sixth in a series of solo exhibitions inspired by Rawlinson's hometown of Cambridge and focuses on places which no longer exist or have significantly changed since he lived in the city. Prints, collages and drawings depict fragments of a vanishing landscape. His personal history is an influence on the work and his search to find images which highlight all the change, form part of his ongoing investigation into ideas of place and memory. In this series of work Rawlinson uses adjusted and abstracted photographs together with encroaching black forms, words and textures, suggesting ideas of transition and loss.

Upcoming events

We are staying online only until at least the end of the year, here are the events that we have planned.

Tuesday 13 October, 7:30pm
Barnwell-born but bound for glory: the forces that made Abbey United, with Pat Morgan.
This talk will be shown over Zoom and streamed via Facebook. Details will be sent to the mailing list before the talk.

Tuesday 10 November, 7:00pm
Plot, People and Place, a novel writing workshop with Jo Costin.
This workshop will be run over Zoom and places must be pre-booked by emailing

Tuesday 8 December
In place of our usual Victorian Christmas Parlour Evening we hope to run some kind of online event. More information when we decide what that is.


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