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Photos of the Tree of Plenty courtesy of Hilary Cox Condron
Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to our October Newsletter. We have a lot to tell you this month, most good, but not all.

Allan Brigham 1951-2020

If you haven't already heard then we are sad to inform you that Allan Brigham passed away a few weeks ago. Allan was, of course, one of the founders of Mill Road History Society and the Project that preceded it and well known to many in Cambridge - as shown by the huge number of responses to the news on social media. You can find out more at

We will be celebrating Allan's life in our contribution to next year's Cambridge Festival (Cambridge University's replacement for the Festival of Ideas and Science Festival) and are also exploring ideas for a permanent memorial of some kind.

The Museum of Cambridge will also have an exhibition in memory of Allan from mid October to mid December. Check their website for details.

MRHS Social: Tuesday 13 October

We are unfortunately unable to present the talk by Paddy Morgan that we had planned for this Tuesday. Instead we will be running the Zoom meeting as normal for anyone who would like to join in for a bit of a chat. We will tell you a little more about the plans for the Cambridge Festival and for next year in general and you can ask questions or tell us any news, current or historical, you think may be of interest.

The room will be opened at 7:15pm, for a start at 7:30pm. The link is:

Meeting ID: 968 5158 8953
Passcode: 613190

Writing Workshop: Plot, People and Place

On Tuesday 10 November at 7:30pm Jo Costin will be running a novel writing workshop. We will be using Zoom for this, just as for the usual talks. Places are limited so if you are interested please book your spot by emailing Details of how to join the workshop will be sent out a few days beforehand to those who have booked.

A mysterious postcard from Mill Road that will be used in the workshop.

Other News

‘Brown Babies’: The stories of children born to black GIs and white women in the Second World War’.An online exhibition sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University

The Mill Road Bridges website covers news of interest to those living on or near Mill Road.You can subscribe to be notified whenever the site is updated with news.

There will be no traditional Mill Road Winter Fair this year, but there will be online celebrations and ways to enjoy Mill Road safely. We'll have more about our involvement closer to the time.

We've published a new Report, this time on the history of Madras Road. You can read the whole thing on Capturing Cambridge.

Capturing Cambridge also has a new project focussing on Black History Month in Cambridge. It includes an article on the Midland Tavern (now the Devonshire Arms) and Cambridge's first black pub landlord, Albert Gordon.

Have you spotted the Tree of Plenty in Sturton Town? Ironworks Artist-in-Residence, Hilary Cox Condron, has been finding new ways to connect, create, listen to and inspire 'from a distance' as she explores residents' experiences of lockdown, and how, in sharing what we've learnt, we can help support each other as we move into the future.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.
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