The Pye Story – the history of one of Cambridge’s iconic technology companies
Talk in English by Bob Bates
Friday, 27th May 2022, 7:00 PM
Pye can be considered as one of the founding companies of the Cambridge Phenomenon. This is the story of how Pye grew from a start-up in a garden shed in Cambridge in 1896 until it became one of the leading UK technology companies. At its peak in 1966 it had more than 70 companies in the UK, 15 overseas companies, and employed 30,000 staff worldwide including 7,000 employees based in the Cambridge area. The story will describe some of the key people who drove the company and give an overview of the innovative technologies and products that the company produced. Finally, the fall of the company and how it was taken over will be presented.

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Ffynhonnau Carpiau Cymru
Talk in Welsh by Howard Huws – with optional simultaneous translation
Friday, 17th June 2022, 7:00 PM
In Wales there are hundreds of sacred wells amongst which are a small number where there was (and is) a custom of leaving rags in them, or nearby, or trying to foretell the future of a sick person by putting clothes in the well itself. This presentation will take a look at the historical evidence for these practices in Wales and beyond, and their geographical distribution, through interpreting the available information and weighing-up claims that they might be connected with paganism or Celticism. It will also look at the significance of the revival of the practices from the end of the Twentieth Century onwards.

The talk will be presented by Howard Huws, Secretary of Cymdeithas Ffynhonnau Cymry and editor of “Llygad y Ffynnon”, who has spent years studying our country’s sacred wells.

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