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CCH Events

Cambridge Community Heritage ran a series of training events and workshops in 2013 for the community groups they supported to deliver their Heritage Lottery funded All Our Stories projects.



Saturday 23rd November 2013 - CCH Celebration Event 2013

CCH hosted an event to celebrate the Heritage Lottery Funded All Our Stories projects supported by Cambridge Community Heritage in 2013. The celebration event was held at the Pitt Building, Cambridge.

CCH community groups were invited to display photographs, materials and results from their projects, meet representatives of the other projcests and the CCH researchers again over refreshments. A publication was produced with a short summary of each of the projects.

Opportunities for building on the existing heritage projects in the future were discussed and CCH community groups were given the chance to speak to the CCH reseearchers about their ambitions and potential avenues of funding. The invitation was extended to new community groups so that they could learn about how they might plan and run a heritage project with CCH support.

There is an article about the event in our news section here.


Saturday 12th October 2013 - Writing, Publication and Archiving

This training day outlined and discussed the principles of writing up, publication and archiving of project material (databases, photographs, recordings etc.)

Dr Susan Oosthuizen began by presenting a session on writing up the outcomes of heritage projects, and another CCH researcher, Dr Ken Sneath presented a session on publishing results. The final session of the day was on archiving materials and was presented by Melissa McGreechan from Cambridgeshire Archives.

88% of the attendees rated the day as very helpful. Below are some comments from the feedback after the event:

"Thank you so much for such a helpful and informative day. I have got so many new ideas as well as improved ideas of how to present what we have found already!"

"A better understanding of writing tips and an insight into the aspects of publishing which we hope will be a follow-up to the HLF project."


Saturday 27th April 2013 - Archaeological Activities Workshop

The training day on archaeological activities covered the logistics of organising fieldwalking, test-pits and larger trench excavations, as well as post-excavation analysis, including finds identification and recording workshops.
The event was led by Dr Carenza Lewis, Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology. Paul Blinkhorn, Anglo-Saxon and medieval pottery specialist, ran a session on pottery identification and Dr Mary Chester-Kadwell ran a session on small finds identification.

All of the participants rated the workshop as ' veryhelpful' and agreed that they felt 'more confident' about the archaeological aspects of their HLF All Our Stories projects. Below are some comments from the feedback after the event:

"The enthusiastic approach/knowledge of all the course speakers was very encouraging. The opportunity to handle artefacts was useful. The practicalities of test pit digging/recording much clearer."

"The approach to excavation and pottery recognition and finds sessions helped to gain ideas on how to explain to others in our group."


Saturday 16th February 2013 - Historical Archives Workshop

CCH hosted a training day on use of historical archives which covered accessing resources, handling resources, transcribing and copying archive material and editing. The day also included focused sessions on the use of medieval and early modern records.

The event was led by Dr Ken Sneath, a new recruit to the CCH research team. Ken is a university lecturer in seventeenth and eighteenth century history history at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge as well as assistant Director of Studies in Economic History at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. He was assisted by Jo Sear, a specialist in medieval sources who is currently completing her doctoral thesis on late medieval consumption patterns, and Alan Akeroyd, Archives and Local Studies Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council who has a particular interest in historical document digitisation projects.

95% of the attendees rated the day as very helpful, and 95% said that they felt more confident about the historical archives aspect of their community projects. Comments in feedback after the event were very complementary about the workshop:

"It was all fascinating and well put together, linking bits of my knowledge."

"The day was excellent and very informative."

Saturday 12th January 2013 - Oral History Workshop

This workshop was attended by representatives from eleven of the CCH supported community groups to learn about the processes of interviewing, recording, editing and archiving people's life stories to create and share oral history. The event was led by Dr Sarah Baylis, a researcher on the Cambridge Community Heritage team, who spoke to the groups about preparation and conduct for interviews and best practice for transcribing and copyrighting them. Participants were invited to put advice on 'active listening' into practice by playing the roles of interviewer and interviewee. Following the lunch break, Ben Valsler of The Naked Scientists led a session about recording and filming interviews, and editing and uploading the digital files. To demonstrate the use of hardware and software a recording was made of a conversation between a couple of volunteers from the community groups who reflected on the events of the 2012 London Olympics.

All of the participants rated the workshop as 'helpful' and agreed that they felt 'more confident' about the oral history aspects of their HLF All Our Stories projects.

"The content of both morning and afternoon was very useful, covering planning and organising as well as the practicalities."