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.


“When I am gone, I hope my friends will not try to carry out any special system or follow blindly the track that I have trodden. New circumstances require various efforts and it is the spirit, not the dead form, that should be perpetuated… we shall leave them a few houses, purified and improved, a few new and better ones built… but more important is the quick eye to see, the true soul to measure, the large hope to grasp the mighty issues of better days to come – greater ideals, greater hope, and patience to realise both.”

Octavia Hill, 1888.
Wisbech born social reformer, pioneer, housing and green spaces campaigner, founder of The National Trust.

Transform to Circular Living

  Lockdown saw many people clearing out sheds, sorting through cupboards, finding time to get those DIY jobs done and – with so much other stress and uncertainly – creating calmer spaces in their homes. With growing awareness of the climate crisis, there has been more time to think about ‘stuff’ and the global impact… Read more »

Transform in nature

The first lockdown started and all our senses felt ramped up. We are lucky to live in a city with so many open spaces and tucked away footpaths; we enjoyed exploring the natural world on our doorsteps, the early morning summer haze, clear skies and the dawn chorus.  Many people experienced butterflies, insects, birds and… Read more »

Ideas and inspiration

“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.” John Maynard Keynes, regarded as Britain’s most influential economist. Born in Cambridge in 1883.   From James Headly, Joseph Sturton, Eglantyne Jebb and Florence… Read more »

FORGE is an evolving project, sharing stories, ideas and actions together. We would love to hear from you!

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Social distancing has meant we have had to find lots of different ways to connect. The FORGE Community Gallery is another digital opportunity to share our creativity and ideas, and spread a little joy, too. If you would like to add to it, it’s really quite straight forward, there are instructions on the page – posts can be anonymous if you’d like them to be – all posts will be monitored before it is made public. We would love you to join us there.

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