Cambridge University is delighted to be working with the BBC and First Story in the Young Writers’ Award for 2018. If you are aged 14 to 18 and love writing, why not enter your story of up to 1000 words? This virtual exhibition offers a treasure trove of potential inspiration…
The friendship formed by the poet Siegfried Sassoon with the literary hostess Lady Ottoline Morrell in 1916 was among the most formative of his life. It was cemented by an exchange of two notebooks as gifts. Following a purchase supported by the Friends of the Library earlier this year, both of these volumes are now in held in the University Library. This display highlights the notebooks and shows how they relate to other treasures from the Library’s Sassoon collections.
This exhibition looks at the events of the October Revolution and the year that followed, using a wide range of material from the University Library’s collections to illustrate the dramatic timeline. Undergraduates from the University will share in the curatorial work.
2017 is the 500th anniversary of the events that brought about a permanent religious schism within Western Christendom. This digital exhibition explores how Europe’s multiple and competing Reformations have been remembered, forgotten, contested, and re-invented since the sixteenth century. A collaborative enterprise between Cambridge University Library, Lambeth Palace Library, and York Minster Library, it displays some of the many treasures in their collections. It is a product of a major interdisciplinary project, ‘Remembering the Reformation’, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
View online by clicking on the image to the left.
Thom Gunn was among the finest British poets of the post-war generation. From 1950 to 1953 he read English at Trinity College, Cambridge. The present display has been curated by Gunn’s friend, Clive Wilmer, to celebrate the publication of his annotated edition of Gunn’s Selected Poems, published this year by Faber and Faber. Wilmer, also a poet, is Emeritus Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
For a thousand years the Jewish community of Old Cairo put their worn-out writings into a synagogue storage room, a genizah. Explore one of the greatest collections of Cambridge University Library and a remarkable survival of the medieval past. Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo provides a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core.
In 1808 John Lewis Burckhardt took on a mission to cross the Sahara south from Cairo to discover the course of the Niger. Instructed to learn Arabic, he came to Cambridge, then travelled in the Middle East disguised as an Arab trader. Our current Entrance Hall exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of his death on 15 October 1817.
Basil Godfrey Quin, student of St John’s College, veteran of the Western Front and author of detective fiction in the early 1930s. The UL celebrates this author at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele when he was awarded the Military Cross.
Find out why the University Library has a pair of Indian slippers in its collections, how psychic thumbprints were made, and why Charles Darwin was sent beard hair in the post. From an ostrich feather and ectoplasm to an old boot and a boomerang, the curious objects in this exhibition all have a part to play in telling the story of the Library, and form a cabinet of curiosities that opens a window onto the nature of collecting.