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 https://chekhov-millroad.eventbrite.co.uk. More information is also available on our event pages at https://www.millroadhistory.org.uk/event/event-chekhov-comes-to-mill-road/and https://www.millroadhistory.org.uk/event/event-chekhov-comes-to-mill-road-2/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/millroadhistory/
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: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.
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.
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. AGENDA 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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who attended the talk on Wednesday by author and film maker Catherine Seymour. Catherine told us the story behind her book the Staircase Girls about the Cambridge Bedders and showed us some excerpts from her earlier documentary featuring interviews with current Bedders. Below are a few photos of the event kindly supplied by Mill Road TV
Belated thanks to everyone who came along to our talk on the Side Streets of Mill Road with Ian Bent talking about Covent Garden and Allan Brigham on Hemingford Road. Below are a few photos from the event.Ian and Allan have kindly made available the slides from their talks for you to download and enjoy. Files page. Look out for our programme of talks and events for 2016/2017 which we will be publishing on the Mill Road History Society web site and Facebook soon.
Ditchburn Place Planning Ref 15/2171/FUL In spite of MRHS protestations, Cambridge City Council granted full planning permission for the demolition of Burmaside House as part of its scheme to modernise accommodation at Ditchburn Place. We are also disappointed that we failed to get the whole site listed by Historic England. However Lucy Walker, chair of Mill Road History Society, has instructed Richard Buxton (environmental and public law) to send a Pre-Action Protocol Letter for Judicial Review, challenging a legal point. We are also objecting to the lack of evidenced evaluation of Burmaside House as a heritage asset in relation to Ditchburn Place (a building of local interest, BLI) and the Mill Road Conservation Area. Watch this space!
The Mill Road History Society was recently contacted by Dale Miller from Australia who many years ago acquired this old Dale’s Brewery sign. He is now looking to sell it, preferably back to where it came from, and so the Society has agreed to buy it from him. The price for the sign is very reasonable given its good condition but the shipping costs are going to be large. If you would like to donate or have any good ideas on how to raise funds for this then please get in touch. We don’t know the history of the sign – or how it came to be in Australia – but it was most likely displayed on one of the pubs selling Dale’s beers rather than on the brewery itself.