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Local history noticeboard for Tenison Road

More news, this time from Cambridge City Council. Thanks to Frank Gawthrop’s (GTARA) initiative, Tenison Road is getting a new notice board, this time dedicated to local history. The idea came out our discussions about an Archive for Tenison Road and ways to display the materials we’re collecting. The noticeboard will be installed on Canons Green and hopefully be of a similar style to the one there now, but able to be closed.

Details can be downloaded from the City Council website here and seen on page 30.

Meeting #3 – The Archive


Aerial photo of Tenison Road, circa Aug 1945. Courtesy of Chris Going, resident and MD of GeoInformation Historic.

Just catching up on our meeting summaries. Way back in February, we met to talk about the Tenison Road archive that Margaret Cranmer has been putting together.* Margaret walked through all the work she’s put into compiling a paper-based record of the street. Drawing on the archive’s content, she recounted some lovely stories about aspects of the street and some of the people who have lived and worked on it. Did you know, for example, that the road is named after Thomas Tenison (once Archbishop of Canterbury and not a misspelt reference to the poet), or that residents have included members of the long established mercantile families of Cambridge?

Margaret’s overview generated a lively discussion and a lot of enthusiasm for developing the archive. Naturally, we discussed extending what’s been compiled to include an online record of the street’s past and indeed its present history (if that isn’t an anachronism). Residents spoke about content they would want to add (including more photos like the one above) and different ways of recording the character of the street now, for future posterity.

With this in mind, we’re beginning to work on a way for the Tenison Road community to build a ‘data-bank’ of their own that points to some of the paper-based archive’s content and also allows for different and new forms content to be added. Watch this space for news on this!

*We really can’t thank Margaret enough for the incredible job she’s done in compiling the archive.

Meeting #1- Ask Tenison Road, Tell the Nation

On 20th November about 25 of us met to discuss the different views of Tenison Road and the different ways we’d like to represent these views with/using data. The meeting was titled “Ask Tenison Road, Tell the Nation.”

propsThese are a few of the themes I made note of during the conversations:

A number of people spoke about their interest in the street’s history. There was agreement that it would be nice to see an archive produced for the street capturing the different historical moments in the area, the different types of people who have lived on Tenison Road, and the particular histories for each house. We also discussed how there might be physical/visual markers to this archive, like the plaques that are placed outside houses on Covent Garden in Cambridge (see news story on these plaques here ). One of the residents on Tenison Road, Margaret, an archivist who has lived on the street for 41 years, has agreed to start this archiving process. Siân Lindley, from Microsoft Research, will work closely with her as this nicely aligns with Siân’s research interest in temporality/time. Continue reading