Mill Road Winter Fair 2017 Photos

Thanks to everyone who came to see use at the Mill Road Winter Fair, I hope you enjoyed what you saw and heard and will come see us again next year.

A special thanks to our speakers:

And to the East Anglian Film Archive ( for permission to show some of their films.

Here are a few photos from the event taken by Emma Bonsall, Simon Middleton and Jane Phillimore.

And here is the film that Headway Cambridge showed on Saturday that talks about the research they did into the history of their new home at Fulbourn.

Photos from Mill Road Celebrates India event

Here some photos from our Mill Road Celebrates India event at the Cambridgeshire Deaf Association last Saturday. The photos were taken by Ed Jenkins, Simon Middleton, Lucy Walker & Richard Wood.

Many thanks to all those who took part in and helped organise the event and everyone who came and enjoyed themselves.

Events 2017/2018 programme

Events 2017/2018 programme

We’re happy to announce that our new brochure with the programme of events for 2017/2018 is available to download now.

Paper copies will also be available at our talks and in shops up and down Mill Road.

Remember, our first two events are coming up very soon:

  • Mill Road Celebrates India – part of Open Cambridge 2017, on 9th September in the Deaf Centre
  • Music, Mill Road and Me – Musician and BBC presenter Nick Barraclough talks about his life, on 12th September in the St. Barnabas Centre


Comedy on Mill Road

Comedy on Mill Road

Coming up on June 23rd and 24th local playwright Paul Crossley, in association with the Mill Road History Society, is staging adaptations of two of Chekhov’s comedies. The Proposal and The Bear have been relocated by Paul to the Mill Road area and audiences should expect to hear references to local shops, pubs and even some residents.

We hope you will join us for this one-off experience at the ARU Drama Studio (previously known as Covent Garden Drama Centre) at the foot of Covent Garden.

Tickets are £7.50 each and are available from Eventbrite at

More information is also available on our event pages at and on Facebook at


Exhibition: No Man’s Land at The Edge Café

Local artist Ian Rawlinson has an exhibition of new work at The Edge Café on Mill Road (next to Brookfields Hospital) from 2nd May to 3rd June.

From the press release:

NO MAN’S LAND is the third in a series of exhibitions inspired by Cambridge and uses imagery drawn from another area of the city connected to Rawlinson’s past; Mill Road. Whilst working on this project the artist has produced a range of work including drawings, collages, prints and mapping. His family history is once again an influence on the work and the search to find streets, buildings, features and names which remain intact amidst all the change, form part of his ongoing investigation into ideas of place and memory. In this series of work Rawlinson uses adjusted photographs and maps of Mill Road, reflecting the period that he lived in Cambridge. His drawings, collages and etchings depict significant buildings and places together with encroaching black forms and drawn intrusions.

You can also read the full press release.

Ian will be at the Café on Saturday 20 May at 6pm to talk about his work and present short films he has made about areas of Cambridge such as the Kite and Barnwell.




Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Mill Road History Society will be held at the St Barnabas Centre (the Old School behind the church) at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Followed by an interactive (meaning we want to hear from members with their memories and information as we look at photos and maps old and new) Virtual Tour of Mill Road.

Your attendance would be greatly appreciated at both the AGM and the Virtual Tour. All are welcome to attend whether you’ve previously been to a Mill Road History event or not.


1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes of 2016 AGM
3. Matters Arising
4. Chair’s Report
5. Financial Report
A] Presentation of annual accounts for approval
B] Proposals for raising funds in 2017/18. Membership subscriptions and/or charging for talks and events
6. Election of Committee
7. Any Other Business

Leper Chapel Archaeological Dig

Last year, on the 20th November, members of the society were lucky enough to be invited to visit an archaeological dig site being run by Oxford Archaeology East. The site was on the ground to the East of the Leper Chapel on Newmarket Road and was a short test site prompted by the expected use of the area for the new cycle route in the future.

Oxford Archaeology have now completed their report into what was found on the site which you can download and read.

You can also see some photos from the dig on their Facebook page

And here are a few photos from the Mill Road History visit.

Museum of Cambridge Event: Cambridge’s Archaeology in a View from the Hill

Detail from ‘View of Cambridge From Castle Hill’

The Museum of Cambridge has an interesting event coming up this Thursday which you may be interested in.

Cambridge’s Archaeology in a View from the Hill. 
Thursday 24 November, 7pm – 8.30pm
Museum of Cambridge

Talk by Alison Dickens, of the Cambridge Archaeology Unit

Tickets: £6, £4 concessions. Refreshments included.

To book, email: or call 01223 355 159 in office hours.

The Museum has recently acquired the stunning 1840 picture: ‘View of Cambridge from Castle Hill’. Painted by James Ward, it shows Castle Hill in detail, with beyond a panorama of Cambridge. The railway was still in the future, so the town depicted is small and compact, without the new 19th century suburbs that shaped the future City.

Using the painting as a guide Alison Dickens will give a whistle-stop tour of archaeological discoveries in Cambridge. Alison has been involved in many digs in Cambridge from the Grand Arcade site to Castle Hill. She is Archaeological Manager, Cambridge Archaeological Unit.

This detail from ‘View of Cambridge From Castle Hill’ shows the farm yard at the foot of Castle Hill. Nearby the painting shows a brick yard where the bricks were made to build the houses of 19th century Cambridge.

Highlights of Mill Road

Last Saturday was Open Cambridge 2016 and a small band braved the rain to join our tour of some of the highlights of Mill Road. Lucy Walker led the walk talking in depth about the Cemetery, Ditchburn Place, Railway Cottages and Bharat Bhavan with expert assistance from Caro Wilson and Rasik Kotecha. It ended with wine and an exhibition at the Bath House where Julia Ewans gave a short talk on that building’s history.

Thanks to all who turned up, here are a few photos from the event, mostly courtesy of Mill Road TV.