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What did it mean to belong in Mill Road 1962–1988?

Teacher Fellowship Programme: Local history by Sarah Jackson-Buckley

This enquiry is aimed at Year 9 pupils, based on a single street (Mill Road) in the centre of Cambridge. The 9-lesson enquiry focuses on the changing identity of the street from 1962 to 1988 – the period that saw rapid migration to the city, gentrification and the loss of working-class identity. Students are exposed to a wide range of oral histories and testimonies from the local community and asked to analyse what belonging meant to the inhabitants of Mill Road, through a close reading of the testimonies, combined with students’ own understanding about belonging, interweaved with national and, crucially, local context.

This enquiry was written by Sarah Jackson-Buckley, Head of History and Literacy Co-ordinator: Curriculum Development at Sawston Village College, Cambridgeshire.

All resources available on the Historical Association website.


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