Programme Spring/Summer 2018

Tuesday January 30th AGM Visitors free
Tuesday February 27th A presentation by representatives of our Parish Council
Monday March 12th 2.30pm at the Baptist Church John Savill: The History of Punch and Judy, from its Italian beginnings to the present, including a live show.
Tuesday March 27th Vanessa Mann: Social and family history research through early postcards, with particular reference to Histon and Impington.
Tuesday April 24th Museum of Technology: past, present and future
Tuesday 22nd May




Anne Datson: The History of Gilbert and Sullivan: their lives, music and poetry with excerpts of music.
Tuesday 26th June Judy Wilson: Some notable Cambridge shops: Matthew’s, Heffers, Robert Sayle’s. Eaden Lilley’s … just some of the family firms supplying Cambridge residents and University in the 19th and 20th centuries.


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Programme Autumn 2017


                           Programme Autumn 2017

Tuesday September 26th


Duncan Mackay: The history of Mackays
Tuesday October 31st


Richard Fletcher: How Bill Tutte won the war: the Bletchley Park code breakers
Tuesday November 28th


Prof. Mike McCarthy: The history of Cambridgeshire accents and dialects
Tuesday December 5th Members’ Christmas lunch

Publications and notelets are available

from the Publications Officer 01223 232744 and from Histon Library


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History Group


History Group – joint leaders Jane Gilmour 01223 234176 and Eleanor Whitehead 01223 234502.

Archive photographs and village memorabilia are collected by this group who meet three times a year to report on work done. Members pursue individual projects, record village events and changes of scene and publish booklets and books on local history. Other activities include displays, talks and assistance to interested parties.

Recently, the group has contributed a considerable quantity of digitalised local WWI VAD memorabilia to the County Library Service. It can be viewed on-line at hhtp:// This work led to our recent publication “The Way We Were – Recollections of Life in the Villages of Histon & Impington in 1914 ”.

Current projects include maintaining a newspaper article archive first begun in 1980, digitalisation of Histon and Impington 1911 land tax records, compilation of WWI veteran information including the significant role of 42nd Histon Red Cross Detachment and the production of our forthcoming publication “Impington Hall, its Owners and Estates.”

A long term project to record and transcribe the memories of senior members of the community was begun in 2013 under the direction of Geoffrey Smallwood. If you are interested in contributing to such a project please contact him directly on 01223 234258.

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May and June meetings

Members’ Night takes place on Tuesday 20th May in the Pavilion at IVC at 7.30pm. Three of our members will be entertaining us with presentations about their hobbies or interests.

Membership £8 per annum. Visitors £3 per person per meeting.


At our meeting on Tuesday 24th June, Alan Eade will talk about WWI innovations. It will be at 7.30pm in the Brackenbury Room at IVC.

Membership £8 per annum, Visitors £3 per person per meeting.

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April meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th April at 7.30 pm in the Brackenbury Room at Impington Village College.

Weather and storm chasing: Chris Bell

The Society meets monthly on Tuesdays in term, normally in the Brackenbury Room at Impington Village College. Membership is £8 per annum, visitors £3 per meeting.

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March meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday March 25th 2014 at 7.30pm in THE PAVILION at Impington Village College. The speaker will be Mark Andrew Pardoe and he will be talking about Pub Names. All welcome. There is a charge of £3 per person for non members.

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Programme for Spring/Summer 2014

Meetings are normally held in the Brackenbury Room, Impington Village College on Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:15.  Membership for 2014 is £8.  Non members £3 at the door.  Visitors to the AGM free.

Please note 2014 membership subscriptions will be due at the AGM

  • January 28th – AGM followed by WW1 memories and memorabilia.  Please bring along any interesting items you may have.  Meeting free to all.
  • February 25th – King George is our personal link: a glimpse of Edwardian empire with a nautical flavour.  Geoffrey Smallwood and Alan Eade.

Forthcoming events to be added shortly.

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