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Talk: The Spinning House

11 September, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Caroline Biggs grew up in and around Cambridge. She was a former Trustee of The Museum of Cambridge, where she organised the History Festival to address the massive imbalance between historical knowledge about the ‘town’ as opposed to the ‘gown.’ She has studied Creative Non-Fiction at Cambridge University and has an MA in Creative Non-Fiction from UEA.

She will be talking about her new book, The Spinning House, which exposes how the University of Cambridge once imprison women suspect of ‘evil.’ Mistakes were made. Violence and legal action from the townspeople followed until finally an Act of Parliament was passed to put an end to the jurisdiction of the university over the women of Cambridge.

You can also find out more from her blog: therealcambridge | More than just Colleges …

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Talk: The Spinning House


11 September
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159


Enid Porter Room, Museum of Cambridge
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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ United Kingdom
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