Cambridge Transport – how did we get to here?

Summary On how historical knowledge can help inform future policy making I promised Sarah Nicmanis, one of the organisers of Cambridge’s Changing Conversations event series that I’d write a blogpost on a small workshop I hosted at their event on transport, where Nicola Terry and Emma Fletcher spoke about the problems and possible solutions. Before … More Cambridge Transport – how did we get to here?

What happened to the photo archives of old newspapers?

Summary Any suggestions? Ploughing through the newspaper archives in the Cambridge Central Library and the http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/ has opened the world of lots of old photographs from the newspapers of decades ago. The Central Library has a digitising machine that allows you to take screengrabs of articles from their extensive microfiche collection that Mike Petty and friends must … More What happened to the photo archives of old newspapers?

Housing reform in Cambridge in late 1800s

Summary Eglantyne Jebb gives me another pointer In an excruciatingly tough session in the archives today due to a toxic mix of general election exhaustion and depression, I managed to re-read parts of Eglantyne Jebb’s study of social questions and cross-referenced it with a book published a year prior that she mentioned, “Housing in Cambridge” … More Housing reform in Cambridge in late 1800s

Cllr Clara Rackham – half a century of public service

Summary An ever-present force in the first half of the 20th Century in Cambridge, our city has much to be grateful to her for. In the days when newspapers listed the names of councillors who attended meetings, and when they quoted debates verbatim, one name comes up with incredible frequency: “Mrs Rackham”. But who was … More Cllr Clara Rackham – half a century of public service

Mayor Jean Barker – Lady Trumpington, the First Conservative Woman Mayor of Cambridge

Summary She may have received tellybox fame very late in life, but Baroness Trumpington was a huge civic presence in our city. And not just because she is 6ft tall. I stumbled across this book originally at the height of Lady Trumpington’s late media fame – prior to my interest in local democracy in Cambridge. Its … More Mayor Jean Barker – Lady Trumpington, the First Conservative Woman Mayor of Cambridge

The cooperative movement in our university town

Summary A little known historical gem linking up even more people and groups in the story of Lost Cambridge. The Co-operative Movement – here’s a little intro on what they do today. I’m one of the 17.5m people with a co-op card. Follow their overhaul of all things digital at https://twitter.com/CoopDigital, now led by the former … More The cooperative movement in our university town