Cambridge Talks: A Chronicle of an English University City

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Cambridge 1888-1990: A Chronicle of an English University City, with Mike Petty

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Join us as eminent local historian, Mike Petty takes us on a tour of his chronicle of Cambridge, 1888-1990, as reported in local newspapers.

To compile this chronicle, Mike read more than 100 years of Cambridge newspapers and noted 'significant' articles.These are summarised under 100 headings including museums, shops, pubs, military conflict, customs, street changes, theatre, music and religion.

As well as summaries of stories the Chronicle has links to photographs of the thousands of the actual articles as published in the newspapers.

It is a source from which people interested in any aspect of the city's history can find information not accessible elsewhere . In this talk, Mike will explore the story behind the creation of this chronicle, and some notable highlights from his research.

You can find the full chronicle here.

Mike Petty, MBE is an eminent local historian of the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area. Founder of the Cambridgeshire Collection, Mike has became the most widely acknowledged authority on Cambridge and the fenland, building up a unique knowledge of resources which he continues to share through regular lectures to groups and societies.

His wide experience in assisting thousands of enquirers for over 50 years and unrivalled knowledge of published material – books, newspapers, illustrations, maps etc – combine to provide a unique service for those investigating any aspect of the area, past or present. More details are contained on his website.

You can learn more about Cambridge's history from the comfort of your home by visiting Cambridgeshire History on your Computer: the Library on your Laptop and The Cambridgeshire Scrapbook which summarises thousands of articles on Cambridge's history. If you're a Facebook user, you can also join the Fenland History on Facebook group.

All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the Museum of Cambridge.  

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This talk will be held on Zoom. There is no need to download any software- you can access the talk via your usual internet browser from the comfort of your own home. Cup of tea/glass of mulled wine is optional!

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More than three hundred years of Cambridgeshire history, gathered together under the roof of a timber-framed coaching house that dates from the seventeenth century. Come and explore our collections, from common household objects, toys and paintings to Fenland folklore cures agricultural implements.

Discover the fascinating stories of local people and learn about the giant’s boot, witch bottles, the prize belt that was awarded to the long distance running champion of the world and just who was the real muffin man...

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