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22 October - 13 November
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The Imaginarium

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

Part of this year's national Festival of Social Science, Cambridge Imaginarium is a space where town, gown, creatives, campaigners, and dreamers can share stories, memories, knowledge and hopes for the future. We will be inviting you to explore the barriers to land, health, heritage, public spaces and inclusion through mapping, making, writing, play and conversation.

The event includes Cambridge Land Justice, The Ramblers, LGBTQ heritage, archeology research, death cafes, health access for homeless, speakers corner and Cambridge Resilience Web. With Artists Hilary Cox Condron, Zoe Gilbertson and Steven Carne.

Open to all ages, this is a free drop-in event. We are really looking forward to creating an amazing installation from the collective imaginations of you all, come and play a part in visualising a better future, building connections, shaping action, campaigns and policies and making the shift from ‘what if, to what is…’.

What’s it about?

The Imaginarium is a space where we can bring together our lived experiences  as local residents, with the learning and resources of the University of Cambridge. A collaboration  of research and reimagination, facts, fun and the fantastical as we create a vision of a future Cambridge and Cambridgeshire through curiosity, conversation and creativity.

The project is inspired by Rob Hopkins who was invited by Transition Cambridge in 2021 to give his talk ‘Why we need a revolution of the imagination’ and builds on the ideas in his latest book, From What Is to What If.

Who’s leading the event?

An event organised by the University of Cambridge, Public Engagement for the Festival of Social Sciences

Co-organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Artist Hilary Cox Condron
With: Zoe Gilbertson, Steven Carne and the University of Cambridge Researchers

Dr Oscar Aldred, “Reimagining Cambridge’s Archaeology: Before and After”

Dr Laura Davies, “A Good Death?”

Dr Diarmuid Hester, “A Queer Cambridge Audio Trail”

Dr Johannes Lenhard, Dr Damita Abayaratne & Megan Margetts, “Working with people who are homeless during COVID-19 and beyond, notes from Cambridge"

Dr Elsa Noterman, “Researching questions of land access and land justice in and around Cambridge

Open to

Open to all

Of particular interest to

Would be of interest to all

Event booking deadline

Free drop-in event, but advisable to register to keep track of numbers.