A Local Story with a Big Vision

During the pandemic we have reconnected to history, relearned traditional skills and crafts, nurtured our communities and relished time in nature. This exhibition tells some of those stories, provoking conversation, inspiring action and giving us hope for a kinder future.

Inspired by the people and history of Sturton Town, Ironworks and Mill Road, FORGE has been conceived by Ironworks artist-in-residence Hilary Cox Condron and co-curated with community historian Helen Weinstein, local residents and The Museum of Cambridge.


‘True happiness means forging a strong spirit that is undefeated, no matter how trying our circumstances.’
Daisaku Ikeda: peacebuilder, philosopher, educator, poet.

“Click on the icons below to find out more about the history, stories and new ideas we have been exploring – I hope they inspire and lift you a little. They have me. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Tree of Plenty as I started to shape this project during lockdown, thank you to the pioneers before us, everyone who has shared their story and the so many incredible people forging together to transform our future.’ Hilary Cox Condron.



Posting local memories and photos on social media, and rediscovering old deeds and documents. Researching and sharing our history during the pandemic has helped people bond to each other, and to the places in which we live. FORGED BY HISTORY uncovers the local stories that have shaped us: reminding us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, and that what we think of as ‘normal’ changes time and again. Can we – through rediscovering past heritage – be inspired to reimagine an alternative future?


FORGE IN COMMUNITY celebrates how neighbours have shown extraordinary support for one another and communities have flourished. Residents  have reconnected to traditional skills and customs such as growing, making and sharing food together. And we tell local stories of community solidarity, both past and present, inspiring hope and action for a kinder future as we forge ahead together.


 Many people have identified with a more resourceful way of living during the past year. New connections with nature, as it thrives on our doorsteps, have been found and relished. FORGING AHEAD invites us to explore how these experiences during the pandemic can help us to transform how we live. Be inspired by pioneering role models – and how their questioning of values has informed and shaped Cambridge today. Provoking conversation and collective action as we forge ahead together.

FORGE Pop-Up Exhibition at the Museum of Cambridge: 17th December – 8th February

View the  Visitors Guide to Forge at The Museum of Cambridge HERE