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 events in 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 as 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 Local Community Fund

For more information email contact@histonroadmemories.uk

The exhibition of Faruk's Kara's photography and the oral history recordings at St Augustine's Community Centre in April is postponed due to coronavirus. We hope to engage you all soon in the results of the project. Meanwhile, keep an eye on this webpage for more information.