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Museum of Cambridge exhibition highlights how Christmas celebrations have changed over time



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Celebrating Together, a new exhibition informed by local voices that explores how Cambridgeshire has celebrated Christmas in the past – and how this might have changed since the pandemic – launches tomorrow (December 2) at the Museum of Cambridge.

Celebrating Together, a new exhibition that explores how Cambridgeshire has celebrated Christmas in the past. Picture: Alex Smaridge
Celebrating Together, a new exhibition that explores how Cambridgeshire has celebrated Christmas in the past. Picture: Alex Smaridge

Featuring objects hidden away in the museum’s stores, Celebrating Together runs until Monday, January 10. As well as a rich trove of archive winter photography, the museum will be showcasing antique Christmas stockings, board games of yesteryear, and unique decorations.

A Scrabble set from 1959 on display with other toys and games which highlight how families spend their time over the holidays
A Scrabble set from 1959 on display with other toys and games which highlight how families spend their time over the holidays

Alongside the exhibition, the museum’s social media channels will be exploring festive traditions, including Cambridgeshire recipes that have been handed down through the years – everything from wartime ginger cookies to boiled currant dumplings and apple sponge.

Alex Smaridge, community and visitor engagement officer, said: “Celebrating Together is a lovely opportunity for people to reconnect with past and present local histories of celebration and togetherness, learn more about the city and its inhabitants, and immerse themselves in a magical atmosphere at the museum – as you’ve never seen it before.”

The museum will also be hosting a winter market from December 17 to 19 for your last-minute festive needs. Visit museumofcambridge.org.uk.

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