Advancing by degrees: the University of Cambridge 1209–2009
|King's College students processing down King's Parade to Senate House for graduation, June 2008|
20 January-20 June 2009 (closed 10-13 April inclusive)
Monday–Friday 9.00 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9.00 a.m.-4.30 p.m., Sunday closed
The University of Cambridge means something to everyone. Whether for the quality of its teaching and research, historic buildings in a riverside setting, or the annual Boat Race against its sister institution, Oxford, the university has a global reputation.
But what kind of journey has it made in the 800 years since a migrant band of scholars first reached the town and established their studium? How has it arrived at today’s complex, collegiate organisation, with a multi-million pound turnover, its libraries and laboratories home to first class minds from all over the world?
Physical growth and development have not obscured the fact that the university’s enduring staple is its people and ideas. ‘Advancing by degrees’ explores themes of governance, membership, scholarship and outreach across the centuries to ask, what makes Cambridge?
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