Cambridge History Festival 2017

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Cambridge History f estival

Thursday 9 February –

2017 – Saturday 25 February

Celebrating City and County Heritage with the Museum of Cambridge





Ticket price

Thurs 9 Feb


Enid Porter Memorial Lecture: Science & Industry in Victorian Cambridge



Fri 10 Feb


Celebrating History with Capturing Cambridge



Sat 11 Feb


LGBT History Walking Tour



Sun 12 Feb


Castle Hill To The Cavendish




Bridging The Cam: Family Engineering Activity


Discover The Quayside Area


FREE £8.50/£6.00


Old Cambridge Pubs



Mon 13 Feb


Cleaning Up The Cam



Tues 14 Feb


The Valentine’s Day Bewitchment




Twilight At The Museum




Beyond The Northlands with Eleanor Barraclough



Thurs 16 Feb


Death & Disease Tour


£9.00/£6.00 /£23.50


Cambridge Bonfires



Fri 17 Feb


Spies & Scoundrels Tour




Coaching Inns & CAMRA



Sat 18 Feb


History Conference Day ticket




Vikings In Your Vocabulary




Coming To Cambridge




Old Fenland Storytellers




Saxton to Sat-Nav: Mapping Cambridge




1917: A Cambridge Perspective




Local Accents & Dialects




From Fort To Common Tour



Wed 15 Feb

Sun 19 Feb Mon 20 Feb


Workshop: Herbal Traditions



Tues 21 Feb


Workshop: A Look at the Costume & Textile Collection of the Museum Of Cambridge




William The Conqueror



Wed 22 Feb


The Pink Floyd Tour




Workshop: Weave A Willow Platter



Thurs 23 Feb


Mr Barry’s War



Fri 24 Feb


Tour of The Whipple Museum




Remembering Safe Spaces and Scary Places



Sat 25 Feb


Historical Dining at Corpus Christi College



Feb 22–Mar 29


Discovering Cambridge Six Week Course


CC Corpus Christi College H Heffers Book Shop, Trinity Street M Museum of Cambridge MT Museum of Technology, Riverside T Tour = Castle Street Methodist Church For venue and parking information please see the back page. Concessions are available for Friends of the Museum only.


The Museum of Cambridge

The Museum of Cambridge is one of the oldest social history museums in the UK. Occupying a 17th century timber framed former coaching inn, we house a unique collection. From household objects, paintings and toys to Fenland folklore cures and customs, we tell the fascinating stories of Cambridgeshire people. We are very pleased to offer such a varied and interesting programme of events for our third history festival. Cambridge has a rich and exciting history to tell. This year we have added a local history conference day.You can purchase individual or day tickets for the conference day. Our history dinner promises to be a sell-out event, with excellent food paired with food history. We hope you enjoy our 2017 Cambridge History Festival.

Education Fund

As Cambridge expands we want to make our Museum a centre for social history, a place where people who are interested and excited about the past can come together to learn more about the rich and diverse story of Cambridge and its surroundings. Our Education Fund will be used to ensure that the social and domestic history of Cambridge is not lost. Please contribute so we can benefit future generations. For details visit: or for more information ring 01223 355159

Friends of the Museum

A great museum needs exceptional supporters. The Friends of the Museum play a vital role in the life of the Museum and their contributions are greatly valued. As well as knowing their support makes an enormous difference to the Museum, Friends also enjoy free entry to the Museum and all exhibitions, invitations to private viewings, and priority booking and special rates for talks and events. For details visit: or for more information ring 01223 355159

How to book Online: By telephone: 01223 355159 In person: Museum of Cambridge, 2/3 Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AQ Follow us on Facebook at Cambridge History Festival Follow us on Twitter @CamHistFest Supported by:

We are pleased that Cambridge History Festival: Celebrating City and County Heritage with the Museum of Cambridge has been supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Sponsored by:

Thursday 9 February

Enid Porter Memorial Lecture Science and Industry in Victorian Cambridge: the laboratory and the observatory by Simon Schaffer 7.00 – 8.00pm Castle Hill Methodist Church

Tickets cost £8.50/£6.00 (to include a glass of wine afterwards at the Museum of Cambridge) Scientific institutions need major infrastructure – a trained workforce, equipment and support staff and resources. Victorian Cambridge did not always have these resources in sufficient abundance, yet it witnessed the establishment of some major and ultimately globally significant scientific institutions, such as an astronomical observatory on Madingley Road and an experimental physics laboratory on Free School Lane. The relation between these new sites of scientific work and wider issues of industry and culture has much to reveal about more recent critical developments in the city’s recent past. Prof. Simon Schaffer teaches history of science at the University of Cambridge. He has recently co-edited ‘Material cultures of enlightenment arts and sciences’ and ‘Aesthetics of universal knowledge’, both from Palgrave Macmillan.

Friday 10 February

Celebrating Local History with Capturing Cambridge 2.00 – 4.00pm Museum of Cambridge

Free, drop in Come along to the Enid Porter Room at the Museum of Cambridge if you are interested in local history and want to meet like-minded people and share your stories and memories. This will also be an opportunity to meet the people behind the Capturing Cambridge Project and our community editors. 4

Saturday 11 February

LGBT history walking tour 11.00am – 12.30pm Meeting place: Outside King’s College Ending place: The Anchor Pub

Tickets: £8.50/£6.00 Come and walk with us on a LGBT+ history tour of Cambridge.The tour will feature some of Cambridge’s famous and more closeted LGBT haunts including both University and town sites. Profits from the tour will go to local LGBT youth charity SexYOUality.

Sunday 12 February

From Castle Hill to the Cavendish: the Story of Cambridge 11.00am – 12.30pm Meeting place: Museum of Cambridge Ending place: City Centre

Tickets: £8.50/£6.00 Cambridge has a rich history stretching back to the time of the Romans. Occupiers along the way have included the Saxons, the Vikings and the Normans. Before the students arrived in 1209, Cambridge was already flourishing as a trade centre and inland port. Through the centuries Cambridge became home to one of the world’s top Universities, with 95 Nobel Prize winners to its name. Today it is the biggest technology cluster in Europe. This tour will look at the people and places, both town and gown, that make up the extraordinary story of Cambridge. Chris Skilton is an accredited Cambridge Green Badge guide. He runs his own walking tour company, Cambridge Tour Guides.

Sunday 12 February

Bridging the Cam: Family Engineering Activity 2.00 – 4.00pm Museum of Technology

Free, drop in Come and learn the technology behind the bridges that cross the river. Design, build and test your own bridge! Pick up one of our family

Cam Bridge trails, which will take you on a walk along the river to discover the history and engineering behind the bridges, which span the Cam. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for children 8 years plus.

Sunday 12 February

Discover the Quayside Area: Cambridge as an inland port 2.00 – 3.30pm Meeting place: St John’s College (top of St John’s Street) Ending place: Museum of Cambridge

Tickets: £8.50/£6.00 A walk from St John’s College to the Museum of Cambridge. Hear how early Cambridge prospered as an inland port, long before the University was founded and explore the Quayside area which originated as an important Danish trading hub. With local historian Allan Brigham and Cambridge History Festival director Caroline Biggs.

Sunday 12 February

Old Cambridge Pubs: a tour with Adam Walker 2.00 – 3.00pm Starts and ends at the Museum of Cambridge

Tickets £10.00/£9.00 (to include a bottle of beer) Join pub historian Adam Walker for a guided walk around the streets of Castle End and discover the history of the pubs and breweries that existed in this small area of only half a square mile. As you travel from medieval inns of Magdalene Street to the 19th-century beerhouses of Castle End you’ll pass the haunts of writers, rogues, highwaymen and ghosts.

Monday 13 February Cleaning Up the Cam 7.00 – 8.00pm Museum of Cambridge

Tickets: £8.50/£6.00 An illustrated talk on the development of

Cambridge’s Riverside Pumping Station by Berrak Gokay. Life in Victorian Cambridge could be dirty, smelly and short. Before the Pumping Station, now home to Cambridge Museum of Technology, was opened in 1895, sewage was discharged directly into the river Cam and the beautiful waterway we love today was little more than an open sewer: filthy, stinking and a carrier of deadly diseases. Berrak Gokay will share her research on how Victorian engineers took nearly 30 years to develop a solution to the festering River Cam.

Tuesday 14 February

The Valentine’s Day Bewitchment with HistoryNeedsYou 7.00 – 9.00pm Dining Room, Museum of Cambridge

Tickets: £19.00/£16.50 370 years ago, England was wracked by civil war. Families were divided and people turned upon their neighbours. Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, terrorised the folk of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex and Mary Skillet stands accused of witchcraft, conniving to bewitch a man with her cunning. Matthew Hopkins has put her on trial and you are summoned to court as witnesses and jury. Is Mary innocent or guilty? Is it love or a sinister spell? You will decide in our bewitching courtroom drama. Matthew Hopkins and Mary Skillet are played by Matthew Ward and Gill Fraser Lee of HistoryNeedsYou.

Wednesday 15 February

Family Event: Victorian Twilight Candle-making between 4.30 – 5.30pm and 6.00 – 7.00pm Victorian Storytelling at 5.30pm and 7.00pm Museum of Cambridge

Free, drop-in Join ‘History Off the Page’ for a candle-making workshop and Victorian Storytelling. Learn the traditional way to make a dipped candle to take home, and enjoy atmospheric Victorian stories in one of our museum rooms.You 5

will also have the opportunity to view Victorian artefacts from our collection not normally on display. Part of Twilight at the Museums, coordinated by University of Cambridge Museums.

Wednesday 15 February

Beyond the Northlands with Eleanor Barraclough 6.30 – 7.30pm Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street

Tickets £7.00 in advance and £8.00 on the door ‘Beyond the Northlands:Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas’. The medieval Norsemen may be best remembered as monk murderers and village pillagers, but this is far from the whole story. Join Eleanor Barraclough for a trip to the furthest edgelands of the Viking world, as she shares her experiences and the fascinating artefacts she discovered whilst researching her book: archaeological finds, runestones, medieval world maps, encyclopaedic manuscripts, and texts from as far away as Byzantium and Baghdad – to illuminate the rich but often confusing Old Norse saga accounts.

Thursday 16 February

Death and Disease: A tour with ‘See Cambridge Differently’ 11.00am – 12.30pm Meeting place: Front of the Guildhall, under the clock Ending place: Quayside

Adult £9.00; child £6.00; family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children £23.50 Cambridge today is at the forefront of medical development and is a safe and healthy place to live ... but it hasn’t always been so. Come and find out how, why and when things changed for the better! 6

Thursday 16 February Cambridge Bonfires with Dr. Sean Lang

7.00 – 8.00pm Museum of Cambridge

Tickets £8.50/£6.00 As Lord Kitchener moved into the Sudan and Mafeking defied the Boers, Cambridge’s undergraduates set the market place ablaze in an extraordinary series of bonfires which were either a glorious outpouring of patriotic enthusiasm or, depending on your view, a deplorable outburst of arson. But at the heart of the bonfires lay a deeper question: who really controlled Cambridge? Dr Sean Lang is Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University and a familiar voice on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Friday 17 February

Spies and Scoundrels: A tour with ‘See Cambridge Differently’ 6.30 – 8.00pm Meeting place: front of the Guildhall, under the clock Ending place: St John’s College

Adult £9.00, child £6.00 Cambridge has long been renowned for the University and its links to scientific developments, to national and international events, to art and creativity – but what about its links to scoundrels and espionage? Link with us on a walking tour of Cambridge and find out!

Cambridge Connected: coaching inns before the coming of the railway with CAMRA 7.00 – 9.30pm Castle Hill Methodist Church (Museum of Cambridge for the beer tasting)

£13.50 (places are limited so book early) No concessions for this event Find out about the role that inns have played in the history of Cambridge. How have they influenced the street plan of the city? Where was the English Reformation

born? Where did people go for ‘Hobson’s choice’? Which inns were home to which political parties? Where did the stage coaches go to and from? How did the coaching inns respond to the arrival of the railway? Where are they now? Followed by a beer tasting at the Museum of Cambridge (formerly the White Horse Inn).

History Conference Day Ticket for admission to all talks on 18 February £35.00 Venue for all talks: Castle Hill Methodist Church

Saturday 18 February

Vikings in Your Vocabulary: How Old Norse Words Moved In 10.30 – 11.30am Castle Hill Methodist Church

Tickets: £8.00/£6.00 The Vikings gave hundreds of words to the English language. This talk will explore some of these and how we know about them, from the basic words we still use every day to the richly expressive vocabulary of medieval English poems like ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’. Richard Dance is Reader in Early English in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College.

Talk and Discussion: Coming to Cambridge 12.00 – 1.00pm Castle Hill Methodist Church

Tickets £8.00/£6.00 Interesting and entertaining stories about what people felt, found and saw when they arrived in Cambridge. What did Cambridge look like when they first got here? What was it like arriving in the winter or the summer? What interested, or surprised them? This event launches a new project with storyteller Glenys Newton, Hilary Cox Condron and the Museum of Cambridge collecting 1001 stories of migration to reflect our shared humanity.

The Old Fenland Storytellers with Maureen James 2.00 – 3.00pm Castle Hill Methodist Church

Tickets £8.00/£6.00 A lively talk examining the personalities and the tales told by the old storytellers of the Fens, particularly those who were heard by W H (Jack) Barrett at the Ship Inn at Brandon Creek, and later edited as Tales from the Fens and More Tales from the Fens by Enid Porter. This talk also considers the nature and popularity of stories in the late nineteenth century, at a time before widespread literacy and the intrusion of television and radio. This was a time when stories were the way that people passed on wisdom and historical knowledge and whiled away the long winter evenings. Maureen James is a writer, speaker and teacher, presently working as a tutor with the WEA. With a multi-disciplined approach to the past, Maureen’s talks are not just informative but also entertaining and enlightening. For more details see her website

Saxton to Sat-Nav: Mapping Cambridge and its county over six centuries with Tony Kirby 3.30 – 4.30pm Castle Hill Methodist Church

Tickets £8.00/£6.00 Although Cambridgeshire in something approaching a recognisable form is shown on medieval maps of Britain, it was only in the Tudor period that detailed maps of the county, Cambridge itself and some other towns and villages began to appear. In this illustrated talk, based on an on-going project conducted by the Cambridge Antiquarian Society to produce a comprehensive catalogue of local printed maps, Tony Kirby will explore how town and county have been shown by mapmakers from the 16th century to the present day, what the intentions of their makers were, and what maps can tell us about the evolution of the local urban and rural landscape. Tony Kirby was Co-ordinator of Strategic 7

Planning at Anglia Ruskin University, and Principal Lecturer in History. He is currently Secretary of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History and the County Advisory Group on Archives and Local Studies.

1917: A Cambridgeshire Perspective with Joanne Costin 5.00 – 6.00pm Castle Hill Methodist Church

Tickets: £8.00/£6.00 1917 saw world-changing events take place in Russia, continued bloody fighting on the Western Front, mutinies in France, and the entry of America into the First World War. In Cambridgeshire, local units were heavily engaged in the Battle of Arras, and the strain of war was beginning to tell. This talk will explore Cambridgeshire’s experience of the year, giving a local perspective on world events. Jo Costin is the author of The Cambridgeshire Kitcheners: A History of the 11th (Service) Battalion (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment and a PhD student at Anglia-Ruskin University.

Local Accents and Dialects with Michael McCarthy 6.30 – 7.30pm Castle Hill Methodist Church with wine after the talk at the Museum of Cambridge

Tickets: £8.00/£6.00 The evolution of a distinctive regional accent and dialect in Cambridgeshire has a long history and is as much a part of our heritage as our archaeology, our landscape, buildings and other cultural manifestations of a regional and local identity. In this talk Michael will outline first what the significant features of accents and dialects are that linguists look for and then play some recordings of local speakers made over the last half-century. Michael McCarthy is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, Adjunct Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick and Visiting Professor at Newcastle University. 8

Sunday 19 February

From Fort to Common with ‘See Cambridge Differently’ 11.00am -12.30pm Meeting place: Shire Hall car park near Castle Mound Ending place: Midsummer Common

Adult £9, child £6, no family tickets Discover the history of some of the lesserknown parts of the ‘town’ through the centuries. From the site of the first Roman settlement to crowded tenements and yards, past the discovery of the Cambridge Hoard and over the Great Bridge to Danish Town, via infamous King Street and St Radegund’s nunnery, ending up at Midsummer Common. Come and see how things have changed and yet stayed the same!

Monday 20 February

Workshop: Herbal Traditions with Vanessa Neville 10.30am – 12.00pm Museum of Cambridge

Tickets: £13.00/£11.00 Herbs and medicinal plants have been much loved and valued in our history. Modern herbal medicine takes our tradition and brings it up to date with today’s healthcare needs. In this herbal gathering we will look at using everyday food as supportive medicines to maintain good health. Vanessa Neville is a Community and Medical Herbalist. She has been practising herbal medicine, running workshops and working at herbal first aid events for around 15 years.

Tuesday 21 February

Workshop: A Look at the Costume and Textile Collection of the Museum of Cambridge 10.30am – 12.00pm Museum of Cambridge

Tickets: £13.00/£11.00 Join Carolyn Ferguson for a workshop looking at a number of items in the Museum’s costume and textile collection in terms of their fabrics,

construction and history. The session will start with a short talk followed by a detailed look at the items which will include a red military uniform jacket and an 1850s muslin dress.

early 1960s music colleague of Syd and Dave – it doesn’t get more authentic than this!

Tuesday 21 February

6.00 – 9.00pm Museum of Cambridge

William the Conqueror by Professor David Bates 6.30 – 7.30pm Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street

Tickets £7.00 in advance, £8.00 on the door ‘William the Conqueror’ by Professor David Bates, a leading historian of the period. He draws upon his recently published book, a landmark reinterpretation, to discuss the life of this pivotal figure in British and European history.

Wednesday 22 February

Workshop: Weave a Willow Platter with Nadine Anderson

£21.50 /£17.00 All materials provided. Limited places Discover traditional Fenland techniques with basket maker and artist Nadine Anderson and see historic examples from our collection. Weave a willow platter and learn how to plait and make cordage with Cambridgeshire Rush. Nadine will take you through the process in a relaxed, creative evening. Nadine Anderson has been basket making for more than 15 years and primarily works in willow and rush.

The Pink Floyd Walking Tour with i-SpySydInCambridge

Thursday 23 February

11.00am – 2.30pm Meeting place: Outside Cambridge 6th Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE (formerly the ‘County boys School’ Ending place: Newnham

6.30 – 7.30pm Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street

Ticket price: £16.50 no consessions. Limited places Meeting outside the former County boys school where the tour leader went to school, you will hear all about the early days. The walk will include Roger Waters’ family home, Morley Primary School and Syd Barrett’s home in St Margaret’s Square. There will then follow a taxi ride to the Blue Ball pub in Grantchester (taxi fare included in the price, but not lunch) and a short seminar on the Cambridge music scene, before a stroll back into Cambridge through Grantchester Meadows and past Dave Gilmour’s old family home. The tour is conducted by Warren Dosanjh, old friend and

Mr Barry’s War with Caroline Shenton

Tickets £7.00 in advance and £8.00 on the door ‘Mr Barry’s War: Rebuilding the Houses of Parliament after the great fire of 1834’. Caroline Shenton, award-winning author of ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’, describes the creation of one of the most famous buildings in the world: a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, a true London landmark which involved feats of building technology and civil engineering never seen before.

Friday 24 February

Tour of the Whipple Museum 1.00 – 2.00pm Meeting place: Whipple Museum Tour with Curator, Josh Nall

Tickets: £8.00/£6.00 Join curator Joshua Nall for a guided tour of the Whipple Museum. The Whipple is a Museum of the history of science and this tour will explore the Museum’s many 9

connections to Cambridge life, from its location in the original 17th-century Perse School Hall, to its unrivalled collection of material from local scientific firms like the Cambridge Instrument Company.

Remembering Safe Spaces and Scary Places with Capturing Cambridge 2.00 – 4.00pm Museum of Cambridge

Free, drop in This theme was chosen specifically with the Encompass Safer Spaces campaign in mind and the drop-in is part of our celebrations of LGBT History Month. Come along to share memories of where you or friends or family members have felt safe from, or at risk of, prejudice or abuse in Cambridge over the past 50 years.

Saturday 25 February Historical Dining with Dr Annie Gray 7.00 – 11.00pm Corpus Christi College

Tickets £74.00 or £69.00 for a group of 4. All proceeds will go to the Museum of Cambridge Education Fund. This year’s history dinner has a Victorian theme, as we serve up some of the classic flavours of the mid-19th century. Feast your eyes on the glorious surroundings of Corpus Christi College, and your tastebuds on the kinds of dishes which would have graced the tables here in the heyday of Queen Victoria’s reign. The dinner will be expertly crafted by Corpus’s catering manager Chris le Vien, advised by TV and Radio’s Dr Annie Gray, author of a recently completed book on Queen Victoria and her food. Expert after-dinner musings will be provided by Cambridge’s very own Tim Hayward. Food historian Dr Annie Gray is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer 10

and consultant. She’s the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s the Kitchen Cabinet, and presented the award-nominated Victorian Bakers for BBC2 last year. Her first book, The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria, will be published in May 2017. Tim Hayward is a writer, broadcaster, restaurateur and unrepentant food geek. He writes a column for the Financial Times, is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s the Kitchen Cabinet and has just written his third book on Knives. He is proprietor of Fitzbillies, Cambridge. Ticket price includes drinks reception, threecourse meal with wine, followed by port, tea and coffee.

February 22 – March 29

Discovering Cambridge with Honor Ridout 2.00 – 4.00pm

Six week Course: £39.00 This short course of 6 sessions, each 2 hours, explores Cambridge’s rich past and present through walking the streets. The first session is a sit-down, at the Museum, to run through the history chronologically, before we launch into the mosaic of events, people and buildings we’ll look at on each walk. The first walk, on Castle Hill, takes us back to the Romans, the Normans and the Victorians in turn. What did they do for Cambridge? The next walks are around parts of the city centre, with one going a bit further to explore the Victorian expansion. Every street and every corner has its stories. The colleges we pass will be examined from the outside, and there’ll be plenty said about the relations between town and gown through the centuries. None of the walks is long, but they do involve standing around, to look up at the styles and decoration on buildings and the shape of the streets and paths. Comfortable shoes and warm clothing see us through, even if the days are chilly.

Sponsors: Cambridge BID

The Cambridge BID is an initiative set up by Cambridge businesses and organisations and was devised to ensure continued investment in Cambridge city centre over a five year period and longer, if businesses and organisations wish. Our work takes the guise of projects and initiatives that split into four key work-streams: Pride and Promotion, Welcoming and Vibrant, Safe and Clean, and Business Support.

Cambridge News & Media

The Cambridge News was first published in 1888, which makes it one of the oldest daily newspapers still being produced. The newspaper’s founding father was William Farrow Taylor, a businessman from Bury St Edmunds, who saw Cambridge as a town full of commercial potential. At first the paper was only four pages in size, each of five columns, and there were no pictures. Journalists had to write out their copy by hand and then compositors would set it in type. It cost a halfpenny. Today ‘Cambridge News & Media’ (as the business is now known) publishes a daily newspaper, four weekly newspapers, two magazines and the website which together are read by over a quarter of a million people!

RealVNC Limited

RealVNC has been a proud participant in the Cambridge technology success story since 2002. Our remote access software is used by millions of people worldwide to improve the operational efficiency of their businesses. The ability to easily connect to remote computers and devices enables organisations to cut the cost and improve the quality of supporting their customers around the globe. Deployed across a wide range of industries and applications, our flexible and secure software empowers people to ‘Connect & take control’.

Redmayne, Arnold and Harris

We pride ourselves on our independence and personal service. Our depth of experience means there is little we do not know about the property market in and around Cambridge. Founded over 20 years ago by Nick Redmayne, Chris Arnold and Nick Harris, the advice you receive from us is based on a long track record of buying, selling and letting in the local market.


Ridgeons is the region’s leading timber and builders’ merchants. With 26 branches across the East of England, the company is the largest independent supplier of a complete range of building and timber materials to both trade and retail customers. Founded in 1911 by Cyril Ridgeon, the company’s values remain core to its business strategy with a strong commitment to being first choice for customers, suppliers and employees and a valued member of the community.

Supported by HLF

We are pleased that Cambridge History Festival has been supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, in celebrating city and county heritage with the Museum Of Cambridge.


Cambridge History f estival 2017

The Venues Museum of Cambridge

2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ Tel: 01223 355159

Castle Street Methodist Church Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AH Tel: 01223 872862

Cambridge Museum of Technology

The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD Tel: 01223 500652

Heffers Bookshop

20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY Tel: 01223 463200

Corpus Christi College

Corpus Christi College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RH

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