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A Communty Remembers Histon Road
Friday September 24–Sunday September 26
In 2020, work started on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s re-building of Histon Road. Before the roadscape completely changed, members of Histon Road Area Residents Association (HRARA) and Benson Area Residents Association (BenRA) set out to capture and collect memories about the area and community from local residents and business owners.
The programme included a series of 8 events in venues along the road from north to south, between May 2019 and March 2020. Local researcher, historian and authority on Cambridge, Mike Petty, known for setting up the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Central Library, talked about the history of the immediate neighbourhood, and in each session this was followed by recollections from the audience.
Individual memories were collected via oral history interviews and written statements with portrait photography by local documentary photographer Faruk Kara. The end result is an intriguing book that relates the history of Histon Road and its environs, dating back to 1930 via the recorded memories of local people, and portrait photographs of interviewees.
The oral history material will be deposited with the Museum of Cambridge, and the programme and exhibition has been sponsored by Cambridge City Council ward grants. A Co-op Community Fund grant allowed the printing and publishing of the book.
Exhibition and book launch at St Augustine’s Community Centre, Richmond Road, Cambridge. CB4 3PS
Friday 24th September 3.00 – 5.00 pm/ Saturday 25th September 10.00 am – 5.00 pm/ Sunday 26th September 11.00 am – 5.00 pm.
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