Dates for the diary: Public and digital history talks and events in Cambridge, spring 2016

By Carys Brown @HistoryCarys

January is passing with alarming speed, and as Cambridge hauls itself into the mania of full term there are flurries of emails about talks, seminars, and events. To save you the trouble of choosing, and to ensure that you don’t miss anything essential, here are a few top recommendations for this term. Those not at Cambridge are very welcome!

Cambridge Digital History Seminar – weekly, starting Tuesday 19 January (12.30-2pm, Room 9, Faculty of History)

A packed and very varied programme of reading sessions and guest lectures for all historians who want to reflect on the role of digital technology in shaping scholarship. Those unfamiliar with Digital Humanities can expect a warm welcome at this informal seminar, and lunch is provided. For the full schedule and more information visit

Cambridge History Festival 2016 – Wednesday 17 February – Saturday 12 March

Following the success of last year’s series of events, the Museum of Cambridge is celebrating its 80th anniversary by launching the second Cambridge History Festival. Their packed programme of events includes plenty of activities for families, and many other intriguing walks, talks, and meetings, including a history of beer and brewing in Cambridge, a spy-based tour of the city, and an opportunity to hear about getting involved in the Museum’s exciting Capturing Cambridge project. To download a brochure and make bookings visit

Cambridge Hub: Volunteer for Cambridge – Saturday 30 January (11am-4pm, Guildhall, Market Square)

This city-wide fair open to residents and students alike is a fantastic opportunity to volunteer in the city, with over 100 Cambridge-based organisations to choose from. Those interested in heritage education and public history may particularly want to head to the stalls run by the Museum of Cambridge, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge Arts and Cultural Leader’s group, the Churches Conservation Trust, the Farmland Museum, and Heritage at Great St Mary’s. Find out more here:

Defining Mentorship in Digital History – 15 March (11am-6pm, Faculty of History)

A day exploring how we can encourage more scholars to engage with digital history. This workshop will bring together historians at different stages of their career and with different aptitudes in digital history, to develop a framework for effective and inclusive digital history mentorship. Those new to digital history and the more experienced are both welcome. To find out more and register (for free), visit

Doing History in Public – History in the City – Friday 12 February, Friday 26 February, Friday 4 March (5pm, venue tbc)

Doing History in Public is running it’s very own series of talks and seminars this term on how history is constructed, interpreted, and used in the city of Cambridge, starting with Dr Shelley Lockwood discussing the Museum of Cambridge’s exciting Capturing Cambridge project on 12 February. Full details will be available shortly, but be sure to put these important dates in your diary!


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