A Community Remembers Histon Road

Describe your best practice
Towards the end of 2019, work will start on the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s re-forming of Histon Road, which sits in one of the most deprived areas in Cambridge. The community does not feel deprived but a loss of community feel due to the massive infrastructure project approved for Histon Road, meaning much of the local amenities will be lost. Before the roadscape completely changes, Histon Road Area Residents Association, Benson Area Residents Association and Mayfield Seniors are setting out to capture and collect memories about the area and community from local residents and business owners. See: www.histonroadmemories.uk

What did you do and why?
The programme includes 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, will talk about the history of the immediate neighbourhood, followed by recollections from the audience.

Individual memories will be collected via oral history interviews, with portrait photography by Faruk Kara. The end result will be a series of oral history interviews and images which will be published as a booklet next year. The oral history material will be deposited with the Museum of Cambridge.

Duration of the project
March 2019 to October 2020

What worked well?
The participation in the venues and contribution by locals in the area has been great. Their stories and photos are collected and will result in a printed book and a photo exhibition and hopefully better community spirit.

How did you overcome any challenges?
The project is in the early phases so too early to say.

How did you cover any costs?
A community grant (March 2019 to March 2020) was given from Arbury and Castle Wards to Histon Road Area Residents’ Association and Coop sponsorship (Oct 2019 to Oct 2020) was given to produce a book about the project.

Which main category does this fall into?
Vulnerable people

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