A COMMUNITY REMEMBERS - HISTON ROAD

aerial photo © Simon Martin

Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!

We wanted to say a huge thank you for the kindness and generosity of Co-op Members. Our local Co-op Community Fund Cause has raised a total of

£ 5937:59

Now we have enough money to publish the BOOK, the result of 2 years work. We collected all sorts of surprising stories through an oral history project – allotments, nurseries, a ghost, a plane crash, celebrities who lived or are buried here, and now we can share them in a BOOK.

Due to the amazing generosity of the Co-op's customers, we are now able to donate 500 copies of the book to schools, libraries and contributors.

We will launch the BOOK at our PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION scheduled for 23rd – 26th April, 2021.

Traffic Planners think Histon Road is just a “corridor”. We think it is a neighbourhood.

A Community Remembers – Histon Road


For more information email contact@histonroadmemories.uk

The exhibition that had been postponed in 2020 due to coronavirus is re-scheduled for 23rd - 26th April 2021, at St Augustine's.


In May 2020, work started on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s re-construction of Histon Road. Before the roadscape completely changes, Histon Road Area Residents Association, Benson Area Residents Association and Mayfield Seniors set out to capture and collect memories about the area and community from local residents and business owners.

The programme included a series of 8 venues along the road from north to south, between May 2019 and March 2020.

Local researcher, historian and authority on Cambridge, Mike Petty, known for his development of the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Central Library, talked about the history of the immediate neighbourhood, followed by special talks from people who have been active in the area, and recollections from the audience.

Individual memories have been collected via oral history interviews, with portrait photography by Faruk Kara. The end result is a series of oral history interviews and images which will be published in a book next year.

The oral history material will be deposited with the Museum of Cambridge. The programme is sponsored by Cambridge City Council, the Museum of Cambridge, and the Coop Community Fund.