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Talk: The Great Plague in Cambridge 1665-1666: A People’s History

26 March, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Using 17th century records this talk starts with an account of the first plague victim identified in Cambridge in 1665. A chronological narrative follows tracing the course of the epidemic through the streets of Cambridge, introducing the victims, their families and friends, and looking at the effect of the plague on the social and economic life of the town. The whole is set within the context of life in 17th century Cambridge, and the epidemiology of the plague is discussed. Although there are many harrowing tales to be told about the victims, even at its darkest point the talk shows that there was hope, love and humanity.

About the Speaker:

Before Retirement Evelyn Lord was the course director for the University of Cambridge Masters degree in Local History. Her Ph.D. was awarded by the Department of English Local History, University of Leicester and she has worked at the universities of Manchester and Derby. She is the chair of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History, and of the Cambridgeshire Records Society editorial committee. She is the convenor of the Landscape and Local History Research Group and is an emeritus fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.



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Talk: The Great Plague in Cambridge 1665-1666: A People’s History


26 March
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159


Enid Porter Room, Museum of Cambridge
2-3 Castle Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ United Kingdom
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