Past Events

  • ‘Tick Tock’ …artists Jo Tunmer and Cathy Faithfull

    Wednesday 14 October @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

    Artists Jo Tunmer and Cathy Faithfull will be in conversation about their roles as contemporary artists, the responsibilities and challenges they feel to create artwork that has integrity and depth. T... Find out more »

  • Medical Support in Romania – Cambridge based medical charity

    Wednesday 16 September @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

     ‘Medical Support in Romania’ is a Cambridge-based medical charity engaged in improving health care in Romania through the involvement of hundreds of NHS staff primarily from the UK, but ... Find out more »

  • ‘That was our Place’: The Cambridge of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

    Wednesday 5 August @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

      Both Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath attended the University of Cambridge in the 1950’s, but Cambridge has never really featured significantly in literary criticism on the couple, preferring inst... Find out more »

  • Death among the colleges: writing crime novels

    Wednesday 8 July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Emily lives in Cambridge and is the author of a Cambridge-set series of crime novels (The Whole World, The Start of Everything, The Red House, Look For Her) and the memoir Jane Doe January. She will t... Find out more »

  • Emily Scialom

    “Cult Sensation” Novelist: The Journey So Far

    Wednesday 10 June @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

    Local author – Emily Scialom Emily Scialom will talk about her two novels: ‘The Religion of Self-Enlightenment’ (Olympia, 2016) and ‘The Rivers’ (Austin Macauley, 2019).  Her de... Find out more »

  • Poems for the Planet

    Poems for the Planet – An online evening of poetry

    Wednesday 6 May @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

    Two locally based poets with growing national reputations, Michael Brown and André Mangeot, will be reading from and discussing their work. Michael will be reading from his third collection, Meet Me... Find out more »

  • Poems for the Planet

    Poems for the Planet (Poetry Evening)

    Tuesday 7 April @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Two locally based poets with growing national reputations, Michael Brown and André Mangeot, will be reading from and discussing their work. About this Event Michael will be reading from his third col... Find out more »

  • Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton: The Liberator of the Slaves

    Tuesday 10 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Speaker: Anne L Forbes Most people think it was William Wilberforce who was the liberator of the slaves, but in fact that was just the slave trade which was abolished in the British parliament in 1833... Find out more »

  • Kathleen Lyttelton

    A club of their own: Cambridge University women’s societies & associations

    Wednesday 12 February @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

    Dr Ann Kennedy Smith is an author and biographer will be giving a talk on Cambridge University women’s societies & associations 1883-1914. About this Event Cambridge 1883 -1914 saw several ... Find out more »

  • Learn 5asideCHESS

    Saturday 1 February @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Join for this FREE drop-in event suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Come and learn how to play5asideCHESS (a shorter version of the classic game) and have fun playing others! Parents/care... Find out more »

  • Going it alone: the new breed of writer / independent publisher

    Wednesday 29 January @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

    Author Sue Grossey tells us what it is really like to be your own researcher, writer, designer, editor, publisher and marketing department. About this Event Today’s authors no longer have to wait fo... Find out more »

  • Gertrude Bell

    Letters home: the story of Gertrude Bell

    Monday 9th December 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    A dramatic presentation by Geoff Hales Travelling Theatre Gertrude Bell (1868 – 1926) was a traveller whose journeys took her all over the deserts of the Middle East, mostly on the back of a cam... Find out more »

  • Chris Beckett

    Writing and reading science fiction: author talk and book sale

    Thursday 28th November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    British Sci-Fi writer Chris Beckett, will give a talk on his writing and Sci-Fi as a genre. This event also includes a book sale. About this Event British Sci-Fi writer Chris Beckett, will give a talk... Find out more »

  • Clara Rackham – Her Life and Achievements

    Thursday 19th September 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    a talk by Prof Mary Joannou Clara Rackham (1875 – 1966) was an English feminist and politician active in the women’s suffrage movement, the Women’s Co-operative Guild, the peace movement... Find out more »

  • Pre-opening event!

    Saturday 23rd March 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Milton Road Library has been a central part of our community for many years. Its resurrection as a Library and Community Facility will be completed in just a few months’ time. Join us to talk about ... Find out more »

  • Revitalising the Museum of Cambridge

    Wednesday 13th February 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    The Museum of Cambridge (formerly the Folk Museum) is going from strength to strength as it transitions to a new volunteer-run model and focuses on sharing the stories of Cambridge and the surrounding... Find out more »

  • The David Parr House – an extraordinary home in Cambridge

    Wednesday 23rd January 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Decorated in the late Victorian era this house in Gwydir Street lay undiscovered until a few years ago when its extraordinary story began to be uncovered. David Parr was an ‘artistic decorator&#... Find out more »

  • One man in a boat

    Wednesday 12th December 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    We are delighted to host the talented Geoff Hales again for our Christmas Event. Join us to enjoy his play ‘One man in a boat’, with mulled wine and mince pies to share after. Based on Jer... Find out more »

  • A young Englishwoman witnesses the Russian Revolution

    Wednesday 26th September 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Evening talks at Milton Road School Organised by the Friends of Milton Road Library Last Sybil: A young Englishwoman witnesses the Russian Revolution a talk by Simon Boyd Wednesday 26th September 2018... Find out more »

  • Story Sharing: Off to the Beach

    Saturday 23rd June 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Join us for another family friendly storytelling session at Milton Road school in the small hall – drop in or stay for the whole hour. Theme: Off to the beach Look forward to warmer weather and... Find out more »

  • Story Sharing: Busy Birds

    Saturday 26th May 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Join us for another family friendly storytelling session at Milton Road school in the small hall – drop in or stay for the whole hour. To look forward to National Bookstart Week 2018 (5-11 June), we... Find out more »

  • Story Sharing: The Book Bus!

    Saturday 28th April 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

    Join us for another family friendly storytelling session at Milton Road school in the small hall – drop in or stay for the whole hour. Theme: Book Bus. Stories about buses and other vehicles, a... Find out more »

  • Story Sharing: Frogs and Other Jumpers

    Saturday 24th March 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Join us for another family friendly storytelling session at Milton Road school in the small hall – drop in or stay for the whole hour. Theme: Frogs and Other Jumpers. Session run by local story... Find out more »

  • The Incredible Woman. How Women Gained the Vote & Personhood

    Tuesday 6th March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    ‘The Incredible Woman’ – a short film by Karen Buczynski-Lee and Jocelynne Scutt – recounts the work of Mary Wollstonecraft and before, to gain the vote, economic rights, right... Find out more »

  • Learning to live with and without prosthetics in a technological world

    Wednesday 17th January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    John Willis was born in Cambridge without fully formed arms and legs. He has participated in just about every sport and has made it his life's work to make sport accessible to the disabled, and to ena... Find out more »

  • Christmas Event: A Wander Round Wodehouse

    Wednesday 6th December 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Geoff performed his play about P.G.Wodehouse in which the creator of Bertie Wooster, Jeeves and Lord Emsworth addresses a literary society and talks about his beginnings as a writer, his early life, h... Find out more »

  • Would Fermat’s Last Theorem have been solved without Milton Road Library?

    Friday 10th November 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Fermat's Last Theorem was proposed in the 17th century and remained unsolved for over three centuries despite the efforts of many great mathematicians. In 1963, at the age of 10, Andrew Wiles came acr... Find out more »

  • Evening Talk: Chris Becket on Writing Science Fiction

    Thursday 18th May 2017 @ 7:30 pm - Friday 19th May 2017 @ 9:30 pm

    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 ge... Find out more »

  • The Augustinian Canons at Barnwell Priory

    Tuesday 25th April 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    A talk by Dr Sarah Preston. 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 man... Find out more »

  • The Search for Thomas Farrer

    Thursday 9th March 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    A talk by Michael Bond 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 fi... Find out more »

  • Love Food Hate Waste

    Wednesday 8th February 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    A talk by Birgitta Laurent, 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 aver... Find out more »

  • Christmas Event: Private Kipling

    Thursday 8th December 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    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 ... Find out more »

  • The History of the Post Office in Cambridge

    Thursday 17th November 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    A talk by Dr Simon Kelly 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. H... Find out more »

  • The Magna Carta and Women

    Thursday 6th October 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    A talk by Jocelynne Scutt, author of Women & The Magna Carta – A Treaty for Rights or Wrongs? Today, more than 150 years after Harriet Taylor’s hopes, expressed in her ‘Enfranchisement of Wo... Find out more »

  • The Museum of Cambridge

    Monday 19th September 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    A talk by Shelley Lockwood, from Cambridge and County Folk Museum This was an opportunity to learn about the Folk Museum and the treasures it holds. The collection is constantly being added to and She... Find out more »

  • Dame Rosemary Murray: Changing Women’s Lives

    Monday 16th May 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Talk by Alison Wilson 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... Find out more »