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Mill Road History Project gets going
as part of Open Cambridge


06.09.2013 – The new Mill Road History Project will have its very first event on Saturday 14th September 2013 from 11am to 5pm. Romsey Mill is on the corner of Mill Road and Hemingford Mill. All are welcome to join us in the Jordan Room for this free event, with refreshments served by the Mill Road Bridges group.

The Mill Road History Project seeks to capture the history of Cambridge’s most vibrant street and the memories of the people who have lived and worked there. The project will last for two years and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are looking for lots of local people to get involved as volunteers in the project.

An important part of our event will be a ‘people’s vote’ for their favourite buildings along Mill Road. The project will research nine buildings, and we want to find out which ones local people are most interested in. Buildings to choose from will include Ditchburn Place (the old Workhouse), the now demolished Kinema and the Romsey Mill building itself.



For anyone interested in joining our volunteer team, then this Open Cambridge event is the perfect opportunity to find out about our project. Please come to the Jordan Room to meet members of the project team and we will tell you what we have to offer, from photography projects to recording interviews with local residents. For anyone interested in Mill Road and local history, there will also be some fascinating displays, another chance to see the exhibition on the Playhouse/Sally Anne’s shop site, and a picture quiz will test how well you know the area.

Popular local Blue Badge Guide and Romsey resident, Allan Brigham, is a member of the project committee. Allan says, “Mill Road has recently been described as ‘the new Islington’; others still remember it as the route to the Workhouse. The Mill Road History Project hopes to capture memories of people who have lived here all their lives and the stories of those who come here from all over the world. Adapting to change is what Mill Road is all about.”



New Project Manager, Becky Proctor, is a local historian, was formerly the Assistant Curator at the Cambridge Folk Museum (now Museum of Cambridge) and also lives in Romsey. Becky says, “I’m really excited to be working on this project about the place where I live. The cafes, pubs and independent shops of Mill Road are drawing more and more people here, and we want to share the area’s rich history with the community. We hope lots of people will join us at Open Cambridge to kick off our new project.”

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Mill Road History Project gains
Heritage Lottery Fund support


June 2013 – The award of a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to start developing a history of Mill Road is a tribute to the significance of the road in the overall history of Cambridge. It is also an acknowledgement of the value now placed on the role of community histories, the recording of personal and historical memories and the documenting of present and past landscapes – done by members of the community, for everyone and accessible by everyone.

The history of our city is not just about the colleges and famous people. With The Workhouse, the Maternity Hospital, The Isolation Hospital, the railway, the cement works, the first cinema and first supermarket in Cambridge, the story of Mill Road is about a very different Cambridge from that portrayed in tourist brochures.

The HLF funds projects which deliver tangible community benefits. We will collect and document material which




might otherwise be ignored, or not recorded. Money will be spent on training volunteers in new skills – for example, to use the archives for research, to write for hard copy and for the web, to take oral histories, record buildings, take photographs, use IT and to create trails, information posters and leaflets. And then there are the less tangible ‘quality of life’ benefits that go with valuing the diverse heritage of our different communities, our buildings and our urban environment.

A freelance Project Manager will be paid out of this grant to work part-time for two years. We will hold ‘pop-up memory shops’ in different venues along Mill Road, develop educational resources to work in schools, link up with the different ethnic and other community groups in the road, and set up a Mill Road History Society to continue the work after the funding comes to an end. Contact us on


– Lucy Walker, Acting Chair
Mill Road History Project

Mill Road History Project founding team: Lucy Walker, Ian Bent, Melissa McGreechan, Tamsin Wimhurst, Caro Wilson, Allan Brigham, Sarah Tovell


Brings together different Mill Road community groups, independent traders, and residents

Promotes the interests and rich cultural diversity of Mill Road and its environs


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