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Cambridgeshire Scrapbook

posted Sep 28, 2017, 5:18 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 5:23 AM ]

I’m Mike Petty, the Cambridgeshire local historian, formerly of the Cambridgeshire Collection.

 For more than 20 years I have been compiling A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook. It comprises over 3,000 pages and more than 20,000 fascinating facts, features and (occasional) fallacies reported in Cambridge newspapers between 1897 and 1990. It is arranged week by week – so you can check to see what was hitting the headlines whenever you first took an interest in the area and how it has developed since then

It is free to read, free to download, free to use. Just search ‘Cambridgeshire Scrapbook’ on your computer or tablet.

 I have also put together scores of mini-scrapbooks including areas of Cambridgeshire. 

These Scrapbooks reveal some of the events that have helped shape the community of today and put the present in its context. They are not comprehensive but are worth a look.

They are free to read, free to download, free to use. Just search '[your parish] Scrapbook'

 To see the full range of Scrapbooks and other resources to help you discover our area just click ‘bit.ly/CambsCollection

It’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ for all the help folk have given me over more than 50 years of trying to discover something of this fascinating county.

I hope also it will draw attention to the resources of the Cambridgeshire Collection, which has been an essential part of Cambridge's public library since its establishment in 1855. Long may it continue to be freely available to folk of all ages and ability in the heart of the city that established and nurtured it.

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