About Mike Petty

Mike Petty - Cambridgeshire Researcher, Lecturer & Historian

In 1964 Mike Petty discovered tucked away in a back room of Cambridge Library a collection of books, newspapers, maps, illustrations and ephemera on Cambridgeshire. It had been carefully collected for 110 years – but nobody had had the chance to sort it.
Over the next 30 years Mike Petty transformed it into the Cambridgeshire Collection, taking it into a separate suite in the new Central Library in Lion Yard. Over that time he became the most widely acknowledged authority on Cambridge and the fenland building up unique knowledge of resources which he continues to share through regular lectures to groups and societies. He has published several books & booklets and has a daily ‘Looking Back’ and two weekly columns – ‘Memories’ and Pickwick’s Cambridge Scrapbook 1838’ in Cambridge newspapers.
Mike has received various awards including an Honorary Fellowship from Anglia Polytechnic University, an Honorary MA from Cambridge University and the MBE for his work on Cambridgeshire history.

Mike offers a free help service for Cambridgeshire topics, supplemented with a chargeable research service. His wide experience in assisting thousands of enquirers for some 40 years and unrivalled knowledge of published material – books, newspapers, illustrations, maps etc – combine to provide a unique service for those researching any aspect of the area. An enquiry form is attached.


Mike has several documents published on the Intermet Archive - see the eBooks and Texts


Fenland History on Fridays with Mike Petty

Fenland History on Friday with Mike Petty is not a club or society. It’s just meetings at which people with an interest in the fens come to meet with others who have an interest in the fens. It gives an opportunity to tell of discoveries and seek knowledge. They started in February 2004 and have continued weekly from October to May since then. Speakers range from academics detailing their latest research to enthusiasts giving their first public presentation. Each will have an enthusiasm they want to share with people keen to learn more about their area. Meetings are held at Ely each Friday until mid May, 10.30 to noon. All are welcome


See details of the current Fenland History on Fridays meeting schedule


Not a Club, not a Society – just meetings about our area


For details of the current meetings please email mikepetty13a@gmail.com or ring 01353 648106

M.J. Petty MBE, MA, ALA, 13a Reads Street, Stretham, Ely, Cambs. CB6 3JT
phone 01353 648106 E-mail mikepetty13a@gmail.com
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