Would you like some Lost Cambridge / Cambridge Heroes public talks?


If ‘yes’, could you/your group host one?

This stems from the end of my recent blogpost/appeal for support here, and basically I’d like more people to find out about the women of Cambridge that shaped our modern city.


Cambridge Hero – Eglantyne Jebb who wrote the first social scientific study of poverty and multiple deprivation in Cambridge – before founding Save The Children


In 1910 the Cambridge Independent wrote the above about Eglantyne, who I still regard as the best Member of Parliament Cambridge never had.

Talking to a couple of new acquaintances in recent days, both said they were captivated by the achievements of the women I spoke about – Eglantyne, Florence Ada Keynes and Eva Hartree, that they asked about public talks. They also said that as far as women of Cambridge were concerned, the main focus of university talks were those that had achieved great things either in their area of academia, or for their college or university. They told me that no one had covered the achievements of the women who shaped our city.

So…if you’d like to me to run a workshop or give a talk on some of my recent findings from the archives and from some very old and long lost books (several well over 100 years old), please get in touch.

antonycarpen [at] gmail

A new concert hall for Cambridge – could we name it after Florence Ada Keynes?

I was in the local news recently (see https://adragonsbestfriend.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/responding-to-online-comments-on-a-new-concert-hall-for-cambridge/ ) following some research I did on Cambridge’s lost concert halls. (See here – we lost a few theatres too).

Given Florence Ada Keynes was a Newnham College Graduate, our first woman councillor and our second woman Mayor of Cambridge (amongst many other things), one of my civic dreams is to have the very large new concert hall (which would inevitably be a multi-use conferencing and arts facility) named after her.

img_6640The above is from the Museum of Cambridge – AKA The Cambridge & County Folk Museum, which she also founded.

Again, if you like the idea of such a venue being constructed and also named after her, please get in touch. If you have questions on where such a hall should be, how people will get to and from, who will use it, how it will be paid for, and how it won’t turn into a millstone around the neck of the city, please see this blogpost.

Interested? Again, please let me know.


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