Story Sharing at the Library
We have increased the storytelling sessions for children to twice a month on Saturday mornings run by local story tellers Marion Leeper and Friends of Milton Road Library Volunteers. These sessions are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The next one on Saturday 24th June will be at a special time of 2.30pm as part of our 80th anniversary celebration.
Come and hear stories from all round the world and leave with a joke, riddle or song to take home. Story sharing is an ancient artform which continues to this day as a vibrant part of culture throughout the world.
The sessions are being provided free by the Friends, no booking is required but children should be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Come along and sing together for babies and toddlers from birth to 18 months with their parents and carers. Every 4th Thursday 2.30 to 3pm.. No booking required. There will be a special session at 3.30pm on 24th June at our 80th anniversary tea party at the library.
The Augustinian Canons
at Barnwell Priory, Cambridge
A talk by Dr Sarah Preston The Cellarer’s Chequer, Barnwell Priory
The Priory of St Giles and St Andrew, Barnwell, was one of the earliest houses of Augustinian Canons in England. Although little remains of its buildings, its surviving manuscripts are an important source not just for Cambridge history but that of the entire order. This talk on the history of the Priory, both before and after the Reformation, places Barnwell in its proper significance in English history.
7.30 pm Tuesday 25th April
The Search for
A talk by Michael Bond
9th March 2017
It all started with a clock. The clock stood on the turn of the stairs of our cottage. The maker’s name was Thomas Farrer, Saxmundham.
My talk is the story of the search to find out who he was. I hope it will inspire others to get around to doing their own research into family history.
Love Food, Hate Waste
A talk by Birgitta Laurent Wednesday 8th February
Recycling Coordinator for Cambridge City Council
UK households waste about £12 billion worth of good food and drink every year. That’s up to £50 a month for the average family. You can help reduce this. Come and hear how you can make a difference
Christmas Presentation - Thursday 8th December at 7.30
The Friends invited you to their annual Christmas event at Milton Rd library, with a dramatic presentation by Geoff Hales Travelling Theatre
This year Geoff performed his play, Private Kipling, about the life of Rudyard Kipling. The play depicts an empire on which the sun is about to set and in the play Kipling reads a number of his poems.
The History of the Post Office in Cambridge
a talk by Dr Simon Kelly 17th November
Cambridge Post Office 1635-2016
Dr Kelly will examine the ten known sites of the Head Post Office in Cambridge from 1635 to date and show you what can be seen of them today. He will describe some of the changes in how the mails were carried and introduce postal personalities of significance, such as Hobson of Hobson's Choice and the Blind Postmaster General.
The story even involves dragons and skeletons! Finally he will bring some Post Office equipment and artefacts which has been rescued from destruction!
The Magna Carta and Women 6th October
Today, more than 150 years after Harriet Taylor’s hopes, expressed in her ‘Enfranchisement of Women’ 800 years after King John agreed at Runnymede under the eyes of barons intent on advancing their rights, is Magna Carta relevant to today’s women?
In ‘Magna Carta in the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries’ (2015), Michael Beloff, QC, contended Magna Carta was ‘an always speaking statute’: it ‘should be given its current, not simply its historic meaning’. How then does Magna Carta in its past and current meanings speak for women? Is Magna Carta a charter for advancing women’s rights or a licence for affirming women’s wrongs?
Jocelynne Scutt is author of
“Women & The Magna Carta – A Treaty for Rights or Wrongs?”
The Museum of Cambridge
a talk by Shelley Lockwood from Cambridge and County Folk Museum 19 July
This was an opportunity to learn about the Folk Museum and the treasures it holds. The collection is constantly being added to and Shelley will provide an illustrated talk about the museum, its history and the many articles on display and in storage.
Dame Rosemary Murray
British chemist and educator, Dame Rosemary Murray was instrumental in establishing New Hall, Cambridge, now Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and in 1975 was the first woman to hold the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
Her biographer, Alison Wilson, will talk about Dame Murray and researching and writing her biography “Changing Women’s Lives”
This talk has been arranged in conjunction with the Milton Rd Library Reading Group and is at the earlier than usual time of 7pm
Writing Science Fiction
7.30pm Thursday 19th May
A talk by the “rising star” of British SF, Chris Beckett
Winner of the Arthur C Clarke award 2013 for Dark Eden, author Chris Beckett will be talking about his writing and about SF as a genre.
Ferries on the Cam
A talk by local historian, David Stubbings
Until the 19th century ferries were the only way to cross the Cam between Magdalene bridge and the sea. Road and foot bridges then started to appear but ferries kept going for some time. A few remaining slipways into the river, Ferry Path and the (late lamented) Penny Ferry pub provide clues to their presence in the past. David’s talk promises to reveal far more about the way our predeccessors were carried across the river.
Wednesday 13th April 7.30pm at Milton Road Library
England Our England
A light-hearted musical presentation with words and songs on the theme of ‘England Our England, presented by Rex Freeman (with organ accompanist).
Rex presented a very popular evening’s entertainment entitled “Growing Old Disgracefully” in July last year.
Thursday 10th March 2016
Down Your Street
Sara Payne talked about her research and writing the very popular articles in the Cambridge Evening News about life around Cambridge. Those articles were then turned into books. Volume III was published recently.
"Down Your Street, Cambridge Past and Present"
Each chapter consists of two parts: the first is the original article as it appeared in the Cambridge Weekly News thirty years ago. In the second Sara Payne revisits each street to find out how it has changed since. The recollections, anecdotes and observations of local residents old and new form the core of this update.
Thursday 11th February 2016
Four Ladies Wot Paint!
Local artists Carmen Renwick, Conni Johnson, Maureen Mace and Sarah Carter provided us with a fun evening’s talk about their inspirations, artwork and creativity in all its forms. More on the artists here.
Thursday 21st January 2016
A popular programme of favourite comic, traditional and sentimental Christmas poems and prose including readings from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Poster
The Friends once again arranged for Geoff Hales to make one of his theatrical presentations at the library.
Thursday 3rd December 2016
The Bin and Beyond:
a talk by Rebecca Weymouth-Wood, Recycling Officer at Cambridge City Council
Tuesday 10th November 2015
An over view of the recycling service in Cambridge. What can be recycled, what happens to it, are we any good at it?
Rebecca also brought some recycled compost, available free at the Waterbeach depot.
Thursday 1st October 2015
How do you convey your wishes for your end of life care? How might a Living Will help? This talk was by Dr Dominic Stevens who worked as a GP for over 40 years. Please click here for more information about this talk.