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For most of us in Cambridgeshire, village colleges are part of everyday life. We go there to learn by day and in the evening, or to make use of the facilities.

But did you know that these village colleges were a thoroughly Cambridgeshire invention inspired by poverty and need almost a century ago? And that they inspired educators across the country, and around the world? This heritage project from the Viva Arts and Community Group, generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has looked at how Cambridgeshire’s Village Colleges, truly groundbreaking institutions, have, for decades, touched tens of thousands of lives to become central features of our communities.

The project focused on eleven village colleges established between the 1930s to the 1960s.

Click the button below to download the Cambridge Village Colleges project brochure