Revamp Cambridge’s Guildhall in time for Florence Ada Keynes’ mayoral centenary 1932-2032

Following on from the debate by councillors

If you don’t know who Florence is, have a read about the Mother of Modern Cambridge.

Above – Cllr Mrs Keynes (1915), from the Palmer Clark Archive in the Cambridgeshire Collection, colourised by Nick Harris, print commissioned by Antony Carpen.

I managed to get to The Guildhall at the weekend to take some photos to illustrate the improvements we could make to it – funded largely by big contributions from the industries we are told continually that makes our city wealthy.

Note the void created by the raised council chamber would – in my proposals be turned into a state-of-the-art lecture theatre that could be rented out to the private sector and academia.

Above – from some rushed slides I put together and screen-grabbed.

As I called for in a blogpost coming up to five years ago, the City Council should establish a permanent capital fund to raise money for large capital projects to improve our city. Not just the big things in the centre either – although I have my eyes on Shire Hall, the Museum of Cambridge, and a large concert hall (the time has more than arrived!) But Cambridge is over 800 years old and time will soon pass and all of these could soon be built if we got our act together and were successful at fundraising. So it would also cover decent [i.e. far better than average/bland/minimalist/basic] neighbourhood level facilities.

I wrote more about these things back in early 2021 which covered more than just ‘give us the money!’ angle.

Such a revamped

Food for thought?

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