Vacancy: Heritage Education Officer

Great St Mary’s is looking for a new Heritage Education Officer. This is a part time post, with a salary for 18 hours per week of £12,475 (pro rata £25,300).

You’ll build on the strength of our three year HLF-funded heritage project to engage with schools, families, visitors, new audiences and the community, and build up a team of volunteers. With responsibility for formal and informal learning, you’ll develop existing resources for school History and RE sessions, and design and run public events and holiday activities in our dynamic heritage education centre at the heart of Cambridge.

If you’re interested in this exciting role, please read the advert and job description.

For more information and to request the supporting evidence form, please email Margaret Johnston, Churchwarden, at

Applications with cover letter, CV, completed supporting evidence form and emails of three referees should be sent to the Churchwarden, Great St. Mary’s Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ or by email to by Monday 20 March, 2017.

Interviews will take place between 12 noon and 4pm on Wednesday 29 March. We hope to notify those candidates selected for interview by Friday 24 March.


Christmas Crafts at Great St Mary’s

With winter rain setting in, get into the Christmas spirit at Great St Mary’s with our festive craft days for children and adults.

Kick-start the kids’ Christmas holidays at Great St Mary’s with this fun-filled craft session on Thursday 22 December.

Our helpful elves and angels will be helping children to create stunning stained glass scenes, festive felt wreaths and Christmassy clay cut-outs.



We will have a morning session running from 10.00am-1.00pm, and an afternoon session from 2.00pm-5.00pm.

Each session costs £5 per child, which includes all craft materials, a seasonal snack and frosty facepaint. Booking is essential.

To reserve your place, please email Rosie on, or ring 01223 741722.

The crafts are suitable for children aged 6+, and accompanying adults must remain with children at all times.

We haven’t forgotten the grown-ups, who have their own lino-cut workshop on Tuesday 6 December.

Guided by an experienced art tutor, you will learn how to cut simple designs in lino and print them to make striking and unique cards.

We will also have some pre-cut lino pieces for you to print from, so you will be able to print a wide variety of festive cards and gift tags, all in time to make the Christmas post!



We have ten spaces available on this workshop, and booking is essential.

The lino-cut day costs £30 per person, which includes all materials, tuition, festive tea and mulled wine.

To book, please email Rosie on, or ring 01223 741722.



Market Time-travellers

Despite the rain, around 2,000 visitors enjoyed our Market Stall Stories event on 10 September.

Read our report on the day’s events.

You can see a snippet of the Victorian debate on women’s education here:

Huge thanks to Cambridge BID and Open Cambridge for generous funding, all the wonderful volunteers who made it possible, and to Oliver Cross, Richard Gordon and Kate Bystrova for the photographs.

Open Cambridge 2016: Market Stall Stories

On Saturday 10 September, for Open Cambridge 2016, Great St Mary’s Heritage is planning an exciting free family day celebrating the history and mysteries of Cambridge Market.

Find the latest details on the facebook event page. 


Do you know how Petty Cury got its name, or what you could buy from the smearmongers? Have you heard of the Cambridge book-fish, or the Great Market fire of 1849?

Market square has been the centre of Cambridge since the middle ages. Boats used to sail all the way up to Cambridge from the sea at King’s Lynn before the fens were drained. The ships and barges brought fish, wine, salt and luxuries to the docks all along the river. Local people and villagers from all around Cambridge came to the market to trade, gossip and see justice done: the market was also the site of the jail and public whippings, the stocks and beheadings.

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Tudors ready for some retail therapy!

Thanks to funding from Cambridge BID there will be a wide range of activities in and around the market on Saturday 10 September, including mini historical market tours, time-travelling market traders from medieval times to the swinging sixties, and children’s activities in Great St Mary’s.

The Museum of Cambridge are setting up a pop-up exhibition and memory stall where they hope to collect local people’s memories of Cambridge Market. You can also take a walking tour all about trade and shopping to the Museum, which is offering free entry.

At 4pm, join us in Great St Mary’s for a talk about the changing faces of the market through history and unusual ideas about how to transform it for the future.

There’s no need to book for this free family event, with activities taking place in the market from 11am-4pm, and the evening talk in Great St Mary’s from 4-6pm.


Browse the Open Cambridge programme for more exciting events.


Summer at the Museums 2016

We’re taking part in Summer at the Museums again this year, with the return of some favourite activities and two new ones!

Every Monday afternoon in the summer holidays we’ll be offering family craft activities suitable for ages 6+.

Each session costs £2 per child and there’s no need to book.

If the weather is fine we will spill out into the church garden so bring your suncream and sunhats!

Here are all the details of our Monday events:

Clay Creatures

Date: 25.7.16
Time: 13.00-16.00
Go gargoyle hunting around Cambridge, find the Great St Mary’s Green Man and sculpt a clay creature.

Knights and Dragons

Date: 1.8.16
Time: 13.00-16.00
Hunt for dragons and design your own shield with a personal coat of arms.

Fantastic Beasts

Date: 8.8.16
Time: 13.00-16.00
Search the church for real and imaginary beasts and create your own chimera champion.

Jewelled Light

Date: 15.8.16
Time: 13.00-16.00
Explore stained glass windows and make a sparkling suncatcher.

Tall Towers

Date: 22.8.16
Time: 13.00-16.00
Find out about Great St Mary’s amazing tower and work together to build towering structures.

Fishy Tales

Date: 29.8.16
Time: 13.00-16.00
Hear the strange story of the Cambridge book-fish and make your own.

For more exciting family events all summer, you can download the Summer at the Museums programme here and read more on the website.

Reflecting on three years

At the end of June, we submitted our final report to the Heritage Lottery Fund, summing up our achievements over the past three title page

It has been a wonderful time of renewal and progress at Great St Mary’s, with many highlights.

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I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our amazing volunteers, to Margaret Johnston who wrote the original HLF funding bid which made the project possible, to every visitor and school who attended one of our heritage events, and of course to the Heritage Lottery Fund!

We are excited about continuing the Heritage Project in the coming years – I will be continuing three days a week to expand our programme for schools and language schools, offer six Summer at the Museums family events, and plan for an exciting Open Cambridge day celebrating Cambridge Market through time, in partnership with Cambridge BID.

We will also be moving over to a brand new website shortly which will be an excellent showcase for all our activities and make it easier for local people and visitors to get a sense of all Great St Mary’s has to offer.

City of Stories – Family Activities

Enjoy the end of the Easter holidays at Great St Mary’s with a craft and storytelling session on Friday 8 April.

A professional storyteller will be sharing tales of old Cambridge. Inspired by these local legends, children can make a dragon puppet, pin the tail on Hobson’s horses, create a giant Cambridge skyline together and draw their own comic.


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The activities will run from 1pm-4pm, with three Cambridge stories to hear.

The afternoon costs £2 per child, and should be pre-booked.

To reserve your place, please email Rosie on, or ring 01223 741722.

The crafts are suitable for children aged 6+, and accompanying adults must remain with children at all times.

Singing History

As part of the Cambridge History Festival and the Science Festival, we hosted the Singing History – Sounds of Steam Concert organised by Historyworks.

Local children discovered stories of Darwin’s stuffed monkey, soapy pig races for Queen Victoria and fossilised dinosaur poo on Coldham’s Common.

We created drawings of these Cambridge stories (and some balloon-powered wagons) and then school choirs from Milton Road Primary and Milton CE Primary treated us to a performance of their Singing History songs – including a brand-new song about Great St Mary’s bells!

Lantern making this half term

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Children’s Lantern Crafts at Great St Mary’s
Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 February, 3-5pm

Children can celebrate the e-luminate festival of lights and create their own lantern at this afternoon craft session.

Enjoy lantern-making, a charity cake sale, stories and singalongs.

We are asking families to pay what they can – all profits will be donated to Cambridge Calais Refugee Action.

Pre-booking is essential: please email

Crafts are suitable for children aged 6+. Accompanying adults must remain with children at all times.

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