973 is a magazine that explores the creative culture of Cambridge. It defines this in the widest sense, covering art, design, music, architecture, food and drink, technology and everything that occupies the intersections between.

It exists in print and has a home online. It is not defined by a format, or even a strict design, which will evolve over time and react to the content. Two issues will be created each year, with smaller pop-up publications happening on an ad hoc basis.

It will be free and available in hand picked locations across the city, details of which are below.

It is not advertising lead or even commercially orientated, so the content is meritocratic (as defined by The Editor). ‘The Editor’ is Cambridge design practice The District, working in collaboration with generous partners and creative people who give their time, paper, ink, film, electricity, venues, minds, words, pictures, expertise, leaflet racks, beer, wine and spirits.

We are looking for volunteers to photograph, write, illustrate and distribute so please get in touch: hello@973magazine.co.uk

Issue one Theme


This theme decided itself. The name 973 derives from the year that the first market was officially opened in Cambridge and 1046 years on we open our metaphorical doors. In this issue we cover all things open; the first year since the re-opening of Kettle’s Yard, and the ‘open’ community housing development designed by Mole Architects. We explore the open spaces of Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and discuss the issue of open access to information with artist, Stuart Pearson Wright. We open some local brews with Old Friends Brewery and BrewBoard and we open a debate with the Cambridge Cookery School. We explore the best restaurants in Cambridge open to children and we open the hatch of Steak and Honour’s infamous Citroen H1 (the yellow one). We hope you enjoy.

Editorial + design team


If you would like to contribute please contact: hello@973magazine.co.uk


Organisations who are generously supporting 973 with their products and services are:


You can pick up your free copy of 973 from the following venues, subject to availability. We will be adding more venues soon.

The Junction, Future Business Centre, Kettle’s Yard, Novi, Relevant Records, Seven Wolves, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge Cookery School, The Heong Gallery, Cambridge University Botanic Garden and The District.

If you would like to stock 973 then please contact: hello@973magazine.co.uk



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