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October 2019

Festival of Ideas: Miss Jebb revisits Mill Road

Thursday, 10 October, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ United Kingdom
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An entertaining evening of fact and fiction, drama and poetry as Eglantyne Jebb takes us for a walk down Mill Road, a place central to her theme and described in detail in her 1906 publication about social issues in Cambridge.

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November 2019

Talk: Changing landscapes in Romsey Town

Tuesday, 12 November, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ United Kingdom
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£3

John McGill talks about the history of the Magnet and Holland Motors sites - the first developed as an industrial cement works in a semi-rural landscape on the edge of the 19th century city of Cambridge, and now a new and beautiful Mosque; the second a garage re-developed as student housing. He explores the process and implications of physical and social transformation in Romsey Town, changing demographics and land values.

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January 2020

Talk: Mackays – The History of a Local Store

Tuesday, 14 January, 2020, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ United Kingdom
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£3

Shop front 1920, courtesy of Duncan Mackay Duncan Mackay describes exciting projects and turbulent times for one of Cambridge’s favourite family businesses. The story starts in Scotland, via East Road, Cambridge and a deal with wheelwright firm Alsop & Sons in 1912, and reaches as far as Los Angeles. The firm has been involved in several major 20th century developments, including the early radio telescopes, all whilst continuing to supply its local market.

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February 2020

Talk: Courtship and Engagement in Victorian England

Tuesday, 11 February, 2020, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ United Kingdom
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£3

Maggie Kalenak will talk about love, courtship and engagement in nineteenth century England, considering sources such as love letters, diaries, etiquette manuals, periodicals, novels and the stories of individual couples. For middle-class Victorians finding a spouse was a highly ritualised and high-stakes process.

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March 2020

Talk: Town vs. gown – Social divides in Cambridgeshire antiquarian life

Tuesday, 10 March, 2020, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ United Kingdom
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£3

Mariel Rodriguez explores how the 1830s national revival of interest in antiquarianism and archaeology was initially dominated by the University in Cambridge, until residents like Frederick Leach and C. H. Evelyn White created their own advocacy spaces. By the 20th century the non-university antiquarian society was at the forefront of national preservation debates.

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May 2020

AGM and a special event to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Tuesday, 12 May, 2020, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ United Kingdom
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£3

The society's Annual General Meeting plus a special event, more info to come.

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June 2020

Talk: Stories from the Cemetery

Tuesday, 9 June, 2020, 7:30 pm9:00 pm
Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street
Cambridge, CB1 3UZ United Kingdom
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£3

Claire Martinsen, member of the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery has a passion for local history and researching the stories within Mill Road Cemetery. She has researched and uploaded more than 250 stories on to the website www.millroadcemetery.org.uk and will share her favourite local stories with us in this talk

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