I am pleased to announce that we have another new Cambridgeshire Community Archive Group (CCAN). The beautiful village of Elton in the very far north west of Cambs has joined our brilliant community archives network. They have a very good village society and have a wonderful heritage project on the go, with exciting events such as their very own ‘Big Dig’ and the involvement of the whole community and village school is something to be admired. We are really looking forward to seeing the Elton CCAN group additions to the CCAN website.
CCAN is Cambridgeshire’s online community archive, a place to see old pictures, photos, written and recorded memories, pod-casts and video clips along with living history as groups record their activities from today for the history of tomorrow. If you would like to know more or get involved please Contact Me and I will help you.
I had a nice time visiting the very active St Neots Community Archives Group the other week. This is a great CCAN group, very busy and full of ideas and upcoming projects. The St Neots CCAN group includes adjoining parishes such as Yelling, Eaton Socon, Wyboston, Staploe and Paxton to name but a few. The group met for their meeting in the St Neots Musuem which is well worth a visit if you are ever that way. I am particularly fond of this museum as it is home to a life size wall chart depicting my relative, James Toller, The Eynesbury Giant. There will be more, coming soon, about him in the Michells's Archives section of this website)
St. Neots Community Archive has been set up to collect information about the past from the above-mentioned parishes and the surrounding villages. If you have any pictures, old maps or interesting stories that you would like to be included in the St. Neots Community Archive, please contact Pam Ostler at St. Neots Museum or Sue Jarrett at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like further details of how to have your own CCAN site then please get in touch with me using the 'Contact Me' form :)
I have been helping out with a fantastic new project in Stilton, Cambs. Can't say too much yet but over the year I will be able to let you know all the exciting things planned! I had been meaning to go to Stilton for a long time, I always thought I'd take an afternoon drive out there to visit and buy some Stilton cheese and then go on to Melton Mowbray to get a pork pie and then find another local foody place, just for fun. When I finally managed to visit Stilton a few weeks ago I was surprised how close of the A1 it was. I had always noticed the signs for it on the A1 when going up towards Peterbourgh but thought that it must be several miles away when in fact it is right next to the A1. When you enter Stilton - which is in Cambridgeshire - you immediately take note of the impressively wide main street, which you'll soon realise was the original 'A1' or rather the Great North Road. It definitely has the 'Roman Road' look and feel about it but most likely goes way back, as a routeway, into prehistory. The current A1 is a bypass to Stilton. The next thing you'll notice are the wonderful old and impressive building lining this road. Several of which were very large coaching houses for weary travellers of the past to take rest.
I had a lovely meeting with the Stilton history expert in one of these, now restored, coaching inns, where we discussed all the exciting plans for the upcoming projects in Stilton including Stilton CCAN, Stilton Cheese, Films and Heritage Centres :)
One of the rooms we had coffee in was called the Turpin room, where the famous Dick Turpin, Highway Man, is reputed to have stayed.
We of course had to eat lots of different Stilton cheeses!!!
More news on this to follow in time :)
We have now confirmed that the amazing Cherry Hinton Festival is going ahead this year and the main event will take place on Saturday 17th September on the recreation ground just off Cherry Hinton High Street – to see more details of this and of the festival events that are taking place on the run up to the big day just check out the festival website www.cherryhintonfestival.co.uk
The other great news is, as the festival is going ahead, so too is the 2nd Cambridgeshire History Fair, which is run in conjunction with the Cherry Hinton Festival on the same day and on the same site. Again you can check out the main festival website for more details.
How about booking a pitch and joining us for the day? We welcome any History Societies, groups, museums, hands on history, re-enactors etc. Click here for a list of the people we had attend the 1st Cambs History Fair in 2009.
If you would like to book a place at the history fair, just use the Contact Me form on my website or you can email me at email@example.com with your contact details and what group or organisation you represent and I will send you a booking form. We also welcome individuals who wish to showcase their history based interests. Alternatively you can download the History Fair booking form below, print off and fill in and post back to me - instruction on the form :)
Last week I visited the Soham CCAN (Cambridge Community Archives Network). They are a very active lot with their history in Soham! They are several history related groups and even the museum which will soon have a home and all the groups are linked one way or another. The Soham CCAN group have been working on some great research projects such as the evacuees, the Jewish School and they have been busy collecting and recording oral history around the town. I really enjoyed my visit to the group as not only were they a lovely bunch but I also used to live in Soham and I always enjoy my visits back there :)
I had the great pleasure of giving Cottenham Village Society a talk on the same night that they celebrated their 40th Anniversary! It was a really special occasion and so good to see that societies such as these across the county can go on for so long and still remain active, interesting and be such an important part of their village life. If you would like to find out more about Cottenham Village Society just click here.
Cottenham also has its very own CCAN group and it is going very well, with enthusiastic group members adding archives to the site. Click here to find out more.
FANTASTIC NEWS!!!! The amazing Cherry Hinton Festival is back this year and is joined by the 2nd Cambridgeshire Open Air History Festival !!!!
The event will be held on Saturday 17th September 2011, so get it in your diaries and watch this space as I will post further details of the event and how to book a pitch if you have a history related stall etc. :)
In the mean time why not check out the festival website, which is just being updated.
I've had a lovely time visiting many of our CCAN groups over the last couple of months and it's great to see what a fantastic community we have become - all collecting, archiving and sharing Cambridgeshire's history. There are so many exciting plans for 2011 for CCAN and we've had a brilliant year this year.
On my History and Archeology page in the CCAN section you'll find news and updates along with featured groups, here's just a snippet from the Cam-Mind CCAN group:
Our archive group meets once a month and we currently have 22 pages on the CCAN site dating back to 1908 and right up to what is going on now at Cam-mind. Joining CCAN has given us the opportunity to make available all the old newspaper articles relating to the very beginning of our organisation when the Association for the Care of the Feeble Minded was formed by Darwin’s daughter in law – Ida and Mrs FA Keynes (wife of the famous economist), as well as preserving current documents for everyone who has an interest in our work.
why not click here to read more
MEMORY WALLS at Libraries across Cambridgeshire from 1st -19th December 2010. Why not pop along and add your memories of the High Street and shops!
For more details of all the events listed below please Contact Me
Cambridge CCAN Group & Chesterton Local History Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Arbury & Milton Road Libraries 1st-19th December 2010
Cambridge CCAN Group & Barnwell & Fen Ditton Local History Society - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Barnwell Library 1st-19th December 2010. Holding Various face to face support sessions over the project period.
Cambs CCAN Group & Buckden Local History Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Buckden Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Burwell History Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Burwell Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambridge CCAN Group & Cambridgeshire Collection – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Cambridge Central Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Bar Hill & Cambourne Libraries 1st-19th December 2010
Chatteris CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Chatteris Library 1st-19th December 2010. Chatteris CCAN will also be at the library on the 3rd December to help support people who have something to contribute.
Cherry Hinton CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Cherry Hinton & Rock Road Libraries 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Comberton Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cottenham CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Cottenham Library 1st-19th December 2010 (see also the notice above)
Ely CCAN Group - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Ely Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Great Shelford Oral History Group– will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Great Shelford Library 1st-19th December 2010
Hilton CCAN Group & Hilton Village Digital Archive - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at St Ives Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Histon & Impington Village Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Histon Library 1st-19th December 2010
Huntingdon CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Huntingdon Library 1st-19th December 2010
Linton CCAN Group & Linton & District Historical Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Linton Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Littleport Library 1st-19th December 2010
March CCAN Group - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at March Library 1st-19th December 2010
Papworth Heritage Centre CCAN Group CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Papworth Library 1st-19th December 2010
Ramsey CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Ramsey Library 1st-19th December 2010. Holding several linked events and sessions over the project period.
Sawston CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Sawston Library 1st-19th December 2010
Sawtry CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Sawtry Library 1st-19th December 2010 – Sawtry CCAN Group will also be holding face-to-face memory gatherings at Sawtry Library on the 8th December 2pm-5pm and on the 14th December 4pm-7pm
Soham CCAN Group - will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Soham Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Warboys Local History Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Warboys Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group & Old Willingham Society – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Willingham Library 1st-19th December 2010
Wisbech CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Wisbech Library 1st-19th December 2010
Cambs CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Whittlesey Library 1st-19th December 2010
Yaxley CCAN Group – will be supporting the High Street History Memory Wall at Yaxley Library 1st-19th December 2010
Last Saturday I went to our Cambridgeshire Association for Local History (CALH) public meeting where on of our great committee members - Tony Kirby - gave a fantastic talk all about transport in Cambs from 1900 - 2010. The meeting room was packed out and the talk was just brilliant :) It is so nice to see so many people interested and involved with their local history. At every CALH public meeting we have a speaker, refreshments, a book stall, a raffle and the committee (which includes some of the best local history contacts in the county) are about to answer questions and give advice. We also have a display giving out information, news and leaflets etc. So why not come along to our next meeting!
Saturday 4th December 2010 - the speaker will be Deana Hudson and she'll be giving us a talk entitled
The Mistress, her Maid and the Men in their Lives:
A humorous look at the mid 1850-1900s and ladies underwear and clothing.
You won't want to miss that !!! :)
Plus our new project where we have partnered with the BBC and the programme 'High Street History' is up and running - We inivite you to come along to our December meeting and bring along any memories, old pictures, old receipts etc. of High Streets and shop in and around Cambridgeshire. We will give you free advice on your archives and we'll be creating Memory Walls and all kinds of great things - so please do get involved :)
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