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Does Mill Road matter? Local history and museums in the 21st century

15 March, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

As part of the Cambridge Festival,  Mill Road History Society and The Museum of Cambridge present a talk by Roger Lilley, looking at their history, relationship and opportunities for the future, as well as some of the interesting material in the Museum.  Roger is Chair of Trustees at MoC and an editor for the museum social history website, Capturing Cambridge.

Roger Lilley looks at the relationship between a local history museum and a local history group and the opportunities presented for their interaction.

Roger will be talking about the Museum of Cambridge, its history, trials and tribulations and future development. He’ll be talking about the way it can interact with local history societies and in particular with the Mill Road History Society. He’ll look at their legacy to the Museum, Capturing Cambridge, and how the Museum has used that resource to widen its outreach and collect more resources.

He’ll also look at new material that the Museum has collected on people and events in the Mill Road area and talk about opportunities to enrich that collection of data further. In comparison, he will look at other roads, communities and villages in Cambridgeshire and how the Museum has and continues to play a role in fostering a knowledge of local history.

He will ask how communities such as those living in the Mill Road area would like to see the future of the Museum of Cambridge, and whose responsibility it is ultimately is to ensure that its collection and influence continues into the 21st century.

Roger is currently the chair of the Trustees of the Museum of Cambridge. He is a former Cambridge primary school teacher with a mixed background in classics, religious polyphony, catastrophe reinsurance and environmental campaigning. He’s lived in Cambridge for over thirty years and devoted himself to local history research for the last ten.

This talk is a joint venture between the Mill Road History Society and the Museum of Cambridge, as a part of the Cambridge Festival.


Doors open at 7pn, and the talk will start at 7:30pm. Entry is free and open to all. Booking is recommended via an email to bookings@millroadhistory.org.uk but everyone is welcome on the night subject to space.



Mill Road Community Centre

6 Hazell Street

Cambridge CB1 2GN

United Kingdom

More information is available at: https://millroadhistory.org.uk/event/does-mill-road-matter-local-history-and-museums-in-the-21st-century/

Does Mill Road matter? Local history and museums in the 21st century