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The English Heritage Blue Plaque Scheme - New Register
The English Heritage Blue Plaques team has published an online register of commemorative plaque schemes throughout England. With information on around 250 schemes run by local history societies, civic societies, community associations and local authorities, the register will act as a hub of information for anyone interested in plaque schemes across the country. With links to individual websites and contact details for each scheme where available, the register makes it possible for people to approach organisations, get involved in plaque schemes, and suggest historical personalities, events and sites to be commemorated. English Heritage hopes the register will make it easier to locate various schemes throughout England and identify those best able to provide local advice on the intricacies of running a plaque scheme.
As well as developing the register, English Heritage is active in developing guidance for those individuals or organisations interested in putting up plaques. Such groups are encouraged to contact English Heritage’s Blue Plaques team, especially where the register reveals there is no active scheme near them, for their comprehensive advice and guidance document, Celebrating People and Place.
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The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology holds focus groups
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is currently undergoing redevelopment and we're holding focus groups on 24th February and 3rd March, 5.30pm at the museum, to give people a sneak preview of some of the amazing objects that will be on display. It's also a chance to see behind the scenes of the museum during the renovations.
I was wondering whether you would be able to let your members know about the focus groups, or whether you would be interested in allowing the museum to attend one of your sessions to hold a focus group? You would get chance to give feedback on the objects proposed for display and influence some of the changes taking place at your local museum. To download a flyer, please click here
CALH launches Cambridgeshire new bookwebpage
CALH recently had a request from a Cambridgeshire researcher for help in locating a copy of the book entitled “Gallows Piece to Bee Garden- the Millennium History of Dry Drayton” published by the Dry Drayton 2000 community group.
This book was one of our early book award winners. It is hard to believe that it is now over 10 years since all the wonderful millennium projects and books.
To commemorate this anniversary CALH is launching a new webpage, where local authors can promote their new books and give details of where they can be purchased from. We hope that this will prove to be a useful addition to local researchers and authors.
There a 4 great new books on this page at present and we look forward to adding many more. Obviously this page will have a rotating content as and when new books come along. Please spread the news amongst your local authors and researchers, we look forward to helping them promote their books.
CALH helps the new national 'HISTORY PIN' project
We pass on the following information about ‘HistoryPin’ an exciting new project that Cambridgeshire Association for Local History has been involved with since the project first hit the drawing board last year. Click here for a project overview.
We all know just how much help Google Earth and Google Maps are for not only giving us great maps and directions to various locations around the country, but now you can also get a satellite image of where you are going, very helpful if you are looking for a church or historic building in the countryside.
Even more is now available with ‘Street View’, just put your own postcode into Google Maps, click on the tag or ‘Pin’ and then on ‘Street View’ you can now get a 360 degree view using digital images and when you have gotten the hang of it you can digitally walk down your local High Street. Absolutely amazing technology.
Well ‘HistoryPin’ intends to take that a stage further, in the future you will have seen what the location you have searched for in a modern photograph, but what about if you could see what that location looked like up to 170 years ago in an old photograph, well that is where ‘HistoryPin’ project comes in, for now you need to visit the website, select the time period you would like to visit and then the place or post code you want to look at and then on the map you will if there are any photos there. Or you may like to add your own.
While this is a global project; Cambridgeshire Association for Local History and several other Cambridgeshire Community Archive Groups, and individuals are going to help in gathering and uploading these images. This is very exciting and will mean Cambridgeshire will be one of the first counties with the Historypin available to the public. Below is an explanation from Historypin themselves
Social movement - We Are What We Do has joined forces with Google to create Historypin – a digital time machine that allows people to view and share history in a totally new way. Using Google Maps and Street View technology, Historypin aims to become the largest user-generated archive of the world’s historical images and stories.
Historypin invites the public to dig out, upload and pin their own old photos, as well as the stories behind them, onto the Historypin map. Uniquely, Historypin allows users to layer their old images onto modern Street View scenes, revealing a series of windows into the past.
If you would like your village, society or group to take part in this please let us know!!
New Cambridgeshire History Events Online Calendar
To see what is going on right across Cambridgeshire please visit your new Cambridgeshire history events calendar hosted by CALH, by clicking here.. You can have you event added to this by simply sending the CALH Secretary your event details to the CALH Sec
English Heritage's historical archive catalogue now online
From now on the public will be able to search online a catalogue describing more than a million historical photographs and documents relating to England’s historic buildings and archaeological sites held by the National Monuments Record (NMR), English Heritage’s public archive.
The details of the wealth of historical material the archive holds – images, plans, drawings, reports and publications covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history – is held on a database which can now be accessed and searched online at www.englishheritagearchives.org.uk.
Until now, these searches had to be done in person at the NMR’s public search rooms in Swindon.
Using a range of search terms, users can discover whether English Heritage holds any items in its archive relevant to the topic they are interested in, mainly photos, but also including maps, plans or reports. For example, using the search word “Stroud” in Gloucestershire will yield 73 catalogue items relating to the town. You can even search for a type of building, like schools or churches, or for an exact address.
Each catalogue item consists of a description and users can place orders online. A small percentage of the description is illustrated. Registration is free, but customers will be charged for the documents they ordered (price varies). Alternatively, users can contact Enquiry and Research Service on 01793 414 600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order or ask for help if they cannot find what they are looking for.
Cambridgeshire Industrial Archaeology Society goes Online for the First Time
The Cambridgeshire Association for local History has come to the assistance of its sister county organisation, the Cambridgeshire Industrial Archaeology Society, by finding it room to display their news and programme on the CALH website. To see exactly what they are up to and to get a sneak preview of their new programme and the EERIAC XX conference in June, you just have to click here.. with a name like that.
New website for help in dating old photographs:
Directories of early studios can be of great help when trying to date old photographs, but coverage of Great Britain is patchy. What’s more, the directories that exist can be costly or hard to find. So it’s something of an event when (like long-awaited buses) three free directories come along together. A-Z directories of early photographers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, compiled by Robert Pols, can now be found on his Early Photographic Studios website. For more information click here
Mike Petty's webpages and great research resources :
Our president, Mike Petty produced a very comprehensive list of Cambridgeshire photographers between 1844-1990, a few years ago now, this has been copied and made available at various websites now, however, you can view this and many other of Mike's great research tools by visiting his webpages by clicking here
Cambridgeshire Local History Awards 2010
At the CALH, Cambridgeshire Local History Awards ceremony at Toft on Saturday 22nd May 2010, the following awards will be presented including two new categories introduced this year and listed at the end:
Cambridgeshire Young Persons History Awards (CYPHA)
Cambridgeshire Local History Book Awards
Cambridgeshire Services to Local History Awards
Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network Awards
Fenland History on Friday's Special Award
CALH Diamond Jubilee:
In September 2009, CALH, in association with the Cherry Hinton Festival team, we hosted a History Fair on the Cherry Hinton Recreation Ground. Our own Michelle Bullivant worked tirelessly on this, to make it the great day it was. In 2010, we have decided to take a breather. This break has given CALH a great opportunity to plan how we are going to celebrate, yes!! It is our Diampnd Jubilee next year. We would love to hear from you the members as to what you would like to do or what event you would like us to hold to make this a very special year. Please send us your ideas, so we can all join together and celebrate this as one.
Cambridgeshire BFI Mediatheque:
The Cambridgeshire Collection and the Cambridge Central Library have now been reopened for a few months and I am sure you have all had a chance to visit. The way you take out and return your books is very swish and high tech. A great new addition to the central library and a real coup for Cambridgeshire is the new BFI Mediatheque centre (www.bfi.org.uk). There are only two other centres in the UK, one in London, on the Southbank & one in Derby, at the Quad, with another library setting planned for Wrexham, to be the first Mediatheque in Wales . For Cambridgeshire, the Central Library, BFI, & the East Anglian Film Archive (www.eafa.org.uk) have brought together a great variety of films for you to watch.
If you haven’t been there yet, you really must go & give it a try. There is a glass room, with a series of booths, these hold up to 4 people, you sit on a bench and wear headphones, in front of you is a large flat screen and keyboard. To access the choice of films there is a very user friendly simple to operate menu system. You can browse, and choose to watch, any of over 1500 different titles ranging from short public information films to full-length feature films. Titles cover the period from the dawn of British film-making at the very end of the 19th Century through to the present day.
They regularly add to the collection and you can find details of this at the county council website.
Cambridgeshire Archives – New Extended Opening Times:
Cambridgeshire Archives holds archives and other information sources relating to the former administrative areas of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely (that's the present-day districts of East Cambridgeshire, South Cambridgeshire, Fenland, and the City of Cambridge).
The office also has a library of national and local history publications, to help research. Their helpful staff are always on hand to offer advice, process document requests, and guide you through the lists and indexes to help you find what you are looking for. Appointments are not always necessary but are strongly advised, especially for those wishing to consult maps or use microfilm and fiche. A Research Service is available for anyone who is unable to visit in person.
New extended opening times
New opening times from Tuesday 5 January 2010
Monday: Closed (for distant enquiries, staff training, cataloguing, etc)
Tuesday - Friday: 09.00 - 17.00 - No document productions between 12.45 - 14.00.
Tuesday evening: 17.00 - 20.00 by prior appointment only. Please contact us by 2.30 pm to order any records you require for the evening.
Every 3rd Saturday in each month 09.00 - 16.00 by prior appointment only. No new admissions between 12.00-13.00. Documents to be ordered by 12.45 on Friday.