100 years ago the Russian Exodus started. Following the revolutions of 1917, as many as three million people fled their native land, among them many of the best representatives of early 20th-century Russian culture. Most of the émigrés, including the writers Ivan Bunin, Aleksei Tolstoi and Nadezhda Teffi fled to Western Europe, where their determination to preserve their cultural heritage saw the effective creation of a Russia Abroad. The University Library books which feature in this exhibition and which have never been shown before have original autographs by Bunin, Teffi, and Tolstoi.
This portrait exhibition tells the stories of black students in Cambridge, from the forgotten pioneers to the celebrated successes of today. On display until 22 December. Read More
Collecting the stories of your UL.
To coincide with the opening of our latest exhibition Tall Tales: Secrets of the Tower, Cambridge University Library is crowd sourcing the memories, stories and favourite extracts of readers past and present. The University Library building reverberates with the history of things read, knowledge created, and people met. We want to capture those moments.
In the seventeenth century, the womb was regarded as a troublesome and unpredictable organ which afflicted women with numerous ailments. To pacify the wild womb, marriage was usually prescribed, but a favoured short-term remedy was fumigation. Like a second nose, the womb was considered to be attracted to pleasant perfumes and repulsed by stench. A womb could therefore be coaxed back to its ‘rightful place’ by wafting fragrant ingredients beneath it. Smelly Remedy shows examples of this procedure from the University Library collection and examines how the remedy was visually represented to a wide readership.
Landscapes Below celebrates a period of experimental geological map-making in the 19th century, focusing on the use of colour in geological maps and on the development of a visual vocabulary for the new science.
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…
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.
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.