Cryfield residents gathered at Argent Court on 20 September for an event exploring the past of a historic farmhouse, Cryfield Grange, owned by the university. The event was hosted by the Estates Office, in association with the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR) and the Institute of Advanced Study. Tea, coffee and refreshments were served, and the attendees had the opportunity to browse the exhibition stands. Richard Weston from the Estates Office and Professor Ingrid De Smet, Director of the CSR, introduced the project and its innovative collaboration between various departments of the university. Alex Russell then presented the findings of the documentary and archaeological research, illustrating the changes to the fabric of the house over time and describing how the lives of the local people at Cryfield changed from the 1100s to the mid 1950s. The residents contributed their own knowledge of the locality’s history to the ensuing discussion. The evening provided a valuable opportunity for dialogue between the university and the local residents and resulted in many fruitful conversations.