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

7:30pm-9:00pm on Friday 15 March

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Mill Road Community Centre, Main Hall, 6 Hazell Street, CB1 2GN

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 how it can interact with local history societies, and in particular with the Mill Road History Society. He’ll look at the Society’s legacy to the Museum – Capturing Cambridge – and how the Museum has used the 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. For 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 ultimately is to ensure that its collection and influence continue 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 30 years and devoted himself to local history research for the past 10 years.

This talk is a joint venture between the Mill Road History Society and the Museum of Cambridge. Entry is free and open to all.

Booking is recommended via an email to: but everyone is welcome on the night subject to space.

Doors open at 7pm, and the talk will start at 7:30pm.

More information is available at:

Booking email address:

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 120
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Full access
Image copyright: Photo courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Collection

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