I had a lovely time meeting up with one of our Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) archive groups this week. The Romany Archive is run through the Romany Theatre Group and they are going to be adding some more great stuff - as with all our CCAN groups and people who want to get involved with CCAN - Cambridgeshire largest community run archives website- we give free training, advice and care - from audio training, how to do oral history, publishing archives and written work, looking after old photos etc. etc.
As of 2011 we will continue to come and visit groups and people interested, for free, but we will also be running regular free workshops where you can come along with your memories, interest and old photos and find out more - Look out for news, dates and locations coming soon!!!
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 :)
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist