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 lovely visit out to the brilliant new Community Centre and café in Cottenham a couple of weeks ago. I had a nice meeting there with Cottenham Community Archives Group (CCAN) and was so impressed by all the hard work and interesting things the group are working on. They already have 20 pages, with over 360 old and interesting pictures already!!!
The wonderful new Community Centre and café is well worth a visit if you are going through Cottenham and is a fantastic example of a community lead centre with such a great buzz about it. To find out more click here - http://cottenhamcc.org/
To get involved with the Cottenham Community Archive and find out more just visit
Are you interested in local history, or just in finding out more about the place that you live?Do you have any stories about Cottenham that you would like to share with others?
To find out more about this project contact the Cottenham Village Society or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CALH (Cambridgeshire Association for Local History)
Spring Conference 2011:
EDUCATING THE PEOPLE
‘A NATIONAL EVIL REQUIRES A NATIONAL REMEDY'
How inspired individuals and groups brought us
from mass illiteracy to universal education
In Association with Sawston Village History Society www.sawstonhistory.org.uk
The CALH Spring Conference this year combines three major celebrations and anniversaries, it is the 60th Anniversary of the foundation of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History (Cambridgeshire Local History Council), it is the Bicentenary of foundation of the National Schools (National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church) in 1811 and last year the 80th Anniversary of the founding of Sawston Village College by Henry Morris, the Cambridgeshire county education secretary, takes place:
in the Henry Morris Hall
at Sawston Village College
on Saturday 9th April 2011
10am to 4pm
The Conference Secretary is:
For further information in the first instance
please contact Andrew at:
email@example.com : 01223 892430 or 0787 5469538
The day will begin with registration between 09.30 and 10.00, morning coffee will be served on arrival.
We have four expert speakers and two chairmen to host the proceedings for you, and the days programme will be as follows:
The Morning Session will be hosted by our Secretary Andrew Westwood-Bate: (Andrew wanted to host the morning session as he carried out a Royal Navy Artificer Apprenticeship in the 1970s)
Our first speaker is Honor Ridout - (the CALH Chairman) and she will be talking on:
LEARNING BY DOING
Apprentices, Rich and Poor
Our second speaker is Terry Ransome - ( of The British Schools Trust, Hitchin) he will be telling us about:
BRITISH SCHOOLS AND THE LANCASTRIAN SYSTEM
The morning session will close with a Q and A session.
Before lunch we have a real special treat, as stated before in 2010 the students of Sawston Village College carried out a research project on Henry Morris and they will be:
REMEMBERING HENRY MORRIS
After break for Lunch, when delegates can either bring their own Lunch or enjoy a Pre-booked lunch.
We start the afternoon session with host Tony Kirby:
The afternoon will start off with our third speaker Dr Peter Warner - ( Homerton College, Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in History) he will be telling us about:
DISSENTING ACADEMY TO TEACHER EDUCATION
The Development of Homerton College
The last talk of the day is Adrian Barlow - ( Director of Public and Professional Programmes, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education), Adrian retires this summer and this is one of your last chances to listen to this excellent lecturer, who will tell us all about
Extension Lectures and the
origins of Extramural Studies
The afternoon session will close with another Q and A session.
We will finish the day with afternoon tea, biscuits, and as tradition now dictates home made cake.
The day cost just £10.00 for CALH and Sawston Village History Society members, other Affiliated Society and Associated members pay just £12.50 and £15.00 for non-members, a preordered lunch is available for just £6.00.
There will be a selection of display stands showing the history of education in various Cambridgeshire villages, please let Honor Ridout know if you would like to add your village to this. Please click here for information on how you carry this out
We will have our own CALH bookstall, and will also hold a raffle
If you are having problems with transport, please let us know:
Bus: For more info click here
The Stagecoach Citi 7 Bus leaves Emmanuel Street at 0842 and gets to Sawston at 0915. There is a Bus returning to Cambridge at 1638 arriving at Drummer Street at 1740. The buses are very frequent approximately every 10 minutes.
For full details of the programme and how to book, you can download a booking form by clicking here
Membership Forms are available by click on the appropriate form at the following web page:
For any other information or help, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 892430 or 0787 5469538.
Have you researched issues of education
in your village or community?
Would you like to carry out some
research before April 2011?
We would like to include your work in the exhibition display which will accompany the presentations at the Educating the People Conference.
Any relevant topic will be welcome. It could be about your village school, but it could also be about other aspects of education, whether for children or adults. Has your village a nineteenth century village Reading Room? Have you a history of WEA or other adult education? Were there any initiatives to promote vocational training – anything from straw plaiting to metal work? Have you records of young people being indentured apprentices? Are there personal records of individuals who won an education against the odds?
(If you would like to do some new research, check out the Victoria County History entry for your community, to see what has been done and what you might do. The staff at the County Record Office and the Cambridgeshire Collection will then be pleased to help you.)
If you have work already carried out, or if you would like to carry out such a project this spring and display the results, do let us know. We would like to plan for your display, so please complete and send us the details on the form.
Please return these details to (or for further information contact) The Conference Co-ordinator - Honor Ridout: email email@example.com phone 01223 870940
2 Trinity Close, Haslingfield, Cambridge CB23 1LS
‘School Day Reminiscences’
click here for details of the above
When I started school in 19__..................................
The school was built…………………………………..
There were….pupils in the class.
The first thing I remembered learning was………………
Teachers, lessons, food, discipline, testing, outings……What do you remember of your school days? Or did you learn at home? Either way, it was probably different from today’s schooling.
Add your experience to our Educating People conference by writing your memories (add pictures if you like).
No prizes, but your own contribution
to the history of our times.
Please send or email to Honor Ridout:
2 Trinity Close, Haslingfield, Cambridge CB23 1LS
email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01223 870940
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
I had a great day training on Active Citizenship at Cintra House in Cambridge with the WEA yesterday. We learnt a lot about how to include this into the courses we teach but actually anyone can get involved in being an 'Active Citizen', one simple way to do this yourself is to get involved with Cambridgeshire Community Archives or History Pin! It's a really worthwhile and simple way to enhance your community history, if you need a hand, I'm more than happy to help. It doesn't have to be time consuming and you may have just one old picture you could share or just one story but put all together, these things really help create a sense of community and belonging, so why not get in touch :)
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist