I had a lovely evening a couple of weeks ago at the Haddenham & Aldreth 1940’s pre-event to their amazing Blossoms & Bygones weekend which is coming up in May. The chapel in Aldreth was decked out in 1940’s gear, from banners and flags, clothes and furniture to a gramophone (working and playing great tunes) and original film projector and reels. The building was packed out for this lovely gathering and the evening kicked off with Mike Petty giving us a great talk about Cambs during WWII, I then followed with a brief stint about 1940’s makeup and style, finishing of the evening with a local chap giving his memories of the war - and of course there was a couple of lovely tea breaks with home made cake and bread and butter pudding. I can’t wait until the main event in May :)
In the meantime why not check out the Haddenham & Aldreth CCAN Group!
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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org : 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com phone 01223 870940
Michellebullivant.com is now a partner in the new BBC High Street History Project, along with Cambridgeshire Association for Local History (CALH) & Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN).
This is all to link in with the brilliant BBC One 6-part series Turn Back Time -The High Street, which started on 2nd November (you can catch up on BBC I-Player) which takes a group of shop keeping families back in time to experience live and work in shops on the High Street from Victorian Britain through to the 1970's.
We are all very excited to bring you the news about this new partnership, what it will mean to you in the communities around Cambridgeshire and how you can take part!
Some of things that you can get involved in:
1st-19th December 2010 Libraries around Cambridgeshire will be joining up with Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) to bring you interactive Memory Walls. You will be able to come along and add your memories of High Streets and shops in and around Cambridgeshire to the Memory Walls during the 1st -19th December. The Memory Walls will be up in the participating libraries and you can bring along things like your old pictures, written tales, old receipts and you can even just turn up and take part in recorded interviews! Keep an eye on this blog spot and My Diary Highlights for information and details of when events are being held and watch out for news and info on BBC Radio Cambs, the local newspapers, the BBC website and leaflets coming soon!
If you have memories, pictures etc. that you would like to give about any Cambridgeshire High Street or shops but cannot get to one of the libraries or have memories but don’t want to put them on a memory wall, just Contact Me or give me a ring on 07999 853907 and I will make alternative arrangements to collect your memories for you :)
Cambridgeshire Association for Local History: www.calh.org.uk
Will be offering guided walks/tours linked to High Street History also History of the High Street Workshops.
As dates for linked events and memory collections are made I will post them on My Diary Highlights in RED so that you can go along and take part!
For further information Contact Me or give me a ring on 07999 853907
Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network www.ccan.co.uk
Is working with Cambridgeshire Libraries to collect High Street memories and photographs – again as dates for linked events and memory collections are made I will post them on My Diary Highlights in RED so that you can go along and take part!
For further information Contact Me or give me a ring on 07999 853907
Wow - we have been very busy! Lots of new photos, stories, memories and archives have been going on to the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) and we've been busy working in partnership with the BBC for an exciting new project History on the High Street (which you can read more about in the blog above!) Many exciting things happening at CCAN and as of January our regular public workshops will start so that you can all come along and find out more - Watch this blog spot and My Diary Highlights for details coming soon :)
In the meantime why not take a look at the CCAN website and get started (you can also find out more about CCAN on the Cambs Association for Local History website - just click HERE
Options for you to donate your memories, old photos, written tales etc.
There are many ways that you can contribute to the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN).
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 :)
I'm really pleased to tell you that I am now Vice Chair of Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) overall managment committee :). For those of you that don't know about or haven't had a look at CCAN yet please do visit our fantastic site www.ccan.co.uk At our meeting we had a look at how many images alone had been uploaded to the site since we started about 3 years ago and we have an amazing amount! Well over 23000 images alone and that's not even counting our text, stories, articles and hotspots!!! All donated and shared by you! :)
CCAN is a fantastic resource for schools, researchers, family historians, local communities and people just like you to be able to share and get involved with the history of Cambridgeshire. If you would like to know more about how to get involved and start a group for your area, village or club or if you'd like to become a contributor and recieve free training and help on being part of this great network then please Contact Me and I will help you get started.
We have some really exciting plans for the future of CCAN and some great linked projects coming up. So watcch this space for developments! ;)
The family history day held at the Family History Centre on Cherry Hinton Road went really well. There were lots of people who came along to look at the stands and find out more about the centre itself. I put up our lovely big stand all about Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) and we had a lot of interest and will be introducing some new groups to this brilliant project for Cambridgeshire very soon :) ! People from as far a field as Yorkshire turned up for the family history day and it was great to see some familiar faces and stalls from groups such as the Cambridgeshire Family History Society.
ccan.co.uk is not only a great place for you to share your old pictures and memories but it is also an amazing tool for family historians - our search facility on the website allows you to search both village by village, group by group but also the site as a whole. It's well worth a go!
I have been gearing up for our CCAN groups mass upload of pictures to History Pin and the big task of adding the hundreds more items- from, photos, scrapbooks, podcasts, memories etc. - to both CCAN and History Pin. Whilst doing this I thought I might as well sort out my own archives and my own thousands of photos - and it is a real task I can tell you! But it is proving good fun too, as I'm getting to see some great old archives and re-discovering some of my old pictures too. I have been using Google's Picasa to store my own family pics but have decided that as I have so many and many are from archaeology sites, history trips etc. I might as well share them online too. So to save my already packed website from getting too overloaded with family holiday pics ;) I have created a public web album on Picasa which I have generally listed by placename. You are more than welcome to check out my pics on there and add your comments - just bare in mind I have only just started and there are thousands more to come!!!
I now have a great deposit scheme for all our groups and Cambs Archives with the lovely Mr Chris Jakes at the Cambridgeshire Collection, where we now make monthly deposits of all our collected material :) If you have any memories of pictures etc. that you would like to be added to our CCAN groups or for me to help you with then please feel free to get in touch. Contact Me!
To Visit my Picasa web albums just follow this link:
We had a lovely time attending the launch for Open Cambridge on Thursday. We met some lovely people, drank champagne and had some yummy canepes. The event was held in the Brasserie on the forth floor of John Lewis in Cambridge. we were greeted by a string orchestra and went through to hear more about Open Cambridge and those involved in organising it, sponsors and some of the events planned for the weekend.
Check out the Open Cambridge website to find out more and see what's happening this weekend!
Also worth looking at is the Robert Sayle (John Lewis) group of Cambridgeshire Community Archives (CCAN). All you have to do is visit www.ccan.co.uk and click on the 'places' tab then go to the Robert Sayles Memories group. There you will find loads of fantastic pictures and memories from the Cambridge Robert Sayles. The group actually has a room in the present John Lewis store, so if you want to add some of your own pictures or memories please do get in touch. You can use the 'Contact Me' page on this website if that's easier :)
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist