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Young detectives discover Charles Darwin in special Cambridge University Library workshop

31 March 2015

A group of 58 Year 6 pupils from Ravenswood School, Ipswich visited Cambridge University Library on Wednesday 25th March to be detectives for a day, looking for clues to help them understand about Charles Darwin. The young students used a range of materials, including some taken from original sources held in the Library...

Earliest dateable records of eclipses in any civilisation on Chinese oracle bone

20 March 2015

The BBC programme Stargazing Live, broadcast on Thursday 19th March in advance of the solar eclipse occurring on Friday 20th March, featured an item from the Hopkins Collection of Chinese Oracle Bones in Cambridge University Library. The oracle bone texts, inscribed on ox shoulder-blades and the flat under-part of turtle...