Creating a Permanent Record of Our Oral History

Creating a Permanent Record of Our Oral History

We’re told wondrous, curious and sometimes tremendously heart-breaking stories about the past as we grow up but they are so easily lost. How can we preserve them?

We want to create a team of oral historians who will help us to collect tales from around Cambridgeshire. We’re running oral history training sessions where you can learn how to interview people for our archives…

The Day the Mayor Bought a Boneshaker

The Day the Mayor Bought a Boneshaker

It was a massive wrench for the many cyclists in Cambridge when Ben Hayward’s of Trumpington Street and Laundress Lane closed their doors for the last time in January 2017. Trustee and Friend of the Museum Carolyn Ferguson relates the story of one particular bike sold by the firm that has particular relevance to our visitors…

For Jams and Jellies, Choose Chivers!

For Jams and Jellies, Choose Chivers!

The Chivers family of Cambridgeshire had been long-established in the village of Cottenham. In the early 19th century, they opened a market garden growing and selling fruit and vegetables. The particularly fruitful summer of 1873 led them to diversify into jams and preserves and the rest is history…

It’s the Big Day

It’s the Big Day

We have all heard the old rhyme that explains what a bride should wear to her wedding in order to guarantee future happiness, prosperity and good luck. There are, however, many other things that a newly married couple should bear in mind. Tracing Traditions Project Assistant Sarah Dore explores some unusual customs…