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Cambridge Talks: Pickwick’s Cambridge Scrapbook

20 January 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the second of our Cambridge Talks, a series of events raising funds for the Museum of Cambridge’s fundraising appeal #YourMuseumNeedsYou.

When Samuel Pickwick visited Cambridge in 1838 he compiled a scrapbook of the folk he met and the things he saw. When he left, his scrapbook remained, and through Pickwick’s eyes we will explore Dickensian-era Cambridge.

In this talk, Mike will be exploring some of what Pickwick’s imagined scrapbook might reveal of the Castle Hill area and the surrounds in the late 1830s.

Mike Petty is an eminent local historian of the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area. Founder of the Cambridgeshire Collection, Mike has became the most widely acknowledged authority on Cambridge and the fenland, building up a unique knowledge of resources which he continues to share through regular lectures to groups and societies.

His wide experience in assisting thousands of enquirers for over 50 years and unrivalled knowledge of published material – books, newspapers, illustrations, maps etc – combine to provide a unique service for those investigating any aspect of the area, past or present. More details are contained on his website.

You can learn more about Cambridge’s history from the comfort of your home by visiting Cambridgeshire History on your Computer: the Library on your Laptop and The Cambridgeshire Scrapbook which summarises thousands of articles on Cambridge’s history. If you’re a Facebook user, you can also join the Fenland History on Facebook group.


All proceeds from this event will go towards the Museum of Cambridge’s fundraising appeal #YourMuseumNeedsYou, which aims to help us overcome the huge financial blow dealt by the Covid-19 pandemic.   

We want to say a huge thank you to all our supporters who have helped us over the last few weeks and months. So, we have made this event ‘donate what you like’ – you can choose how much to donate in exchange for your ticket. 

Please support us to survive the next few months by buying a ticket to this event, and/or donating directly to our fundraising appeal: bit.ly/MOCDonate


How to attend this talk:

This talk will be held on Zoom. There is no need to download any software- you can access the talk via your usual internet browser from the comfort of your own home. Cup of tea/glass of mulled wine is optional!

Once you have purchased your ticket on Eventbrite, you are officially signed up to the event and you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Eventbrite.

Three days prior to the event, we will send you a ‘Zoom Invite’ with joining instructions which explains how to attend the talk.

If you have any concerns or questions about attending this event, please email Annie on annie.davis@museumofcambridge or call her on 01223 355159.

Cambridge Talks: Pickwick’s Cambridge Scrapbook


20 January 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159