The BFI have fairly recently uploaded many archive films from around Britain to their website as described in their
press release. You can search the archives in various different ways from their map at http://player.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film/map/ or you can jump straight to the Cambridge ones.
We can’t spot any Mill Road scenes unfortunately, but if you do see any then
please let us know.
This isn’t Mill Road related, however a good source of photos of Cambridge past is worth recording.
In 1971, the late Peter Soar, a Cambridge solicitor and keen amateur photographer, set about recording the last days of the parts of Cambridge city centre destined to be demolished to make way for major redevelopment. He also photographed the area during construction and after most of it was completed.
You can see the photos at
On the same web site is a series of photos taken of the Kite Area in 1981 before its conversion into the Grafton Centre.
They can be seen here
Thanks to Anthony Carpen for the links who also has written about some of our missing social venues at
https://adragonsbestfriend.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/lostcambridge-the-demise-of-our-citys-social-venues/ and collected some scanned old photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/puffles2010/sets/72157666927226872.
Mill Road TV is a new YouTube channel about the people and places of Mill Road. This video looks at the well known shoe shop on Cavendish Road that is shortly to close.
A flashback to 2013 when Mill Road History Project founder member Ian Bent featured in the Cambridge News.
11/06/13 Ahead of their street party, residents of Covent Garden, in Cambridge, have all got ‘blue plaques’ in the window about previous notable residents of their houses. Eileen O’Brien, landlady of the Six Bells, is pictured with local historian Ian Bent. Picture by Keith Heppell
You can read the original news story on the
Cambridge News website and more detail about Robert Browning on Capturing Cambridge.
The History Society is looking at a similar scheme for notable people along Mill Road. If you would like to help out with this project then please
Caroline Jaine worked on a film project in 2011 linking Cambridge to Karachi. One chapter featured Mill Road and can be viewed below.