Open Cambridge launches 2020 online programme

 27 Market Place c1930, Cambridge Collection

The Open Cambridge 2020 special online programme has been launched, featuring over 30 events suitable for everyone curious about the history and heritage of Cambridge.

From Friday 11th September until Sunday 13th September, anyone can view a range of free pre-recorded or live films and tours, all from the comfort of their own home, simply by logging onto the Open Cambridge website and clicking through to a specific event.

Live events are set to broadcast at the time stated and then will be subsequently available to watch in viewers' own time. All pre-recorded events are available throughout the weekend.

From stunning garden tours, a fascinating look-behind-the-scenes of many of the city’s iconic venues and the chance to see previously unpublished historical photos of the city, to museum tours, sport sessions and live discussions, this year’s Open Cambridge celebrates the small city that has had such a big impact on the world stage.

Speaking ahead of Open Cambridge, which is part of the Heritage Open Days, Coordinator, Sue Long said: “This year’s programme has been a really interesting challenge for everyone involved in Open Cambridge as we have started working in completely new ways. However, I think it is a fantastic programme that represents our city.

“One example of the calibre of events is the live tour of the world-renowned Sainsbury Laboratory. The tour offers viewers the amazing chance to have a behind-the-scenes look into parts of the laboratory not normally accessible to visitors. You get to see some of their high-tech equipment in action and take part in a microscope investigation.  

“Another event not to miss is the gorgeous film from the Cambridge Community Growing Group, who present the varied and beautiful community gardens of Cambridge and show how lockdown has inspired communities to grow stronger through gardening.

“We truly hope everyone enjoys watching and learning this year and we very much look forward to welcoming them back in person next year.”

For more information on this year’s Open Cambridge, please visit:

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Open Cambridge media partners: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and Cambridge Independent.

Image:   27 Market Place c1930, Cambridge Collection


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