Arbury is Where We Live

Sallie Purkis shows how oral history sources were used by schoolchildren in a Cambridge local history project.

1953, when we started building, it was the same year that Sir Edmund Hilary and a Sherpa called Tensing climbed Everest and conquered it. Tensing meant 'achievement' so we called our house Tensing.

It is a unique group of people; there has never been another group in Cambridge. There have been people who have built houses on their own but there has never been another group of people who got together in the spirit of friendship and real hard work to build their own houses.

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