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Previous exhibitions

25 January to 4 June 2005
(closed 25-28 March inclusive)

Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30. Sunday closed.
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An article by special correspondent Hammond Innes, published in the Union Jack of 19 August 1944
An article by special correspondent Hammond Innes, published in the Union Jack of 19 August 1944

Military & Naval

Cambridge University Library’s magnificent collections of military and naval papers are heavily consulted by those with an interest in the history and traditions of the British and Commonwealth armed services. Drawing upon constant support from the Friends, the Library has developed its collection of ships’ logs from a small if valuable nucleus among the papers of the Acton family into a wonderful resource, offering new perspectives on life in the nineteenth and early twentieth-century Royal Navy at peace and war. Thanks both to timely donations and generous financial backing, the Library has also been able to secure copies of several important and influential manuals governing the art of war in early-modern Europe. Other military items and collections purchased with help from the Friends shed light on the early careers of well-known authors, and illustrate the lot of ordinary soldiers in the Great War.

Items on display

Sieur du Praissac, Les discours et questions militaries, Dernière edition, reveue et corrigée, Paris, 1638 (F163.d.4.6); [Richard Ames, d. 1693], The siege and surrender of Mons: A tragi-comedy. Exposing the villany of the priests and the intrigues of the French, London, 1691 (Brett-Smith.11a); Leopold Josef, Count von Daun (1705-1766), ‘Ordonnance pour les formation des bataillons et l’exercice avec les plans de la formation d’un bataillon en ordre de bataille ou parade ainsy que les differentes conversions’, possibly Austria, 1766 (MS Add. 8993, pp. 42-43); Henry Duncan Grant (1834-1896), logbook of a voyage on H.M.S. Pearl, various locations, 1855-1857 (MS Add. 9531); Lionel Charles Dunsterville (1865-1946), letters to his sister May, Cairo, 8-23 June 1885, and Mian Mir, 27 February 1887 (MS Add. 9498/82 and 98); John Robert Monsell (1877-1952), sketches of military scenes, France, 1915-1919 (from MS Add. 9437/9/8); Hammond Innes (1913-1998), despatch on the invasion of Southern France, [France, August 1944] (from MS Add. 9533). View exhibit captions.

The fleet assembled at Spithead for a ‘Grand Naval Review’ on St George’s Day 1856, in a watercolour sketch by Lieutenant Henry Grant
The fleet assembled at Spithead for a ‘Grand Naval Review’ on St George’s Day 1856, in a watercolour sketch by Lieutenant Henry Grant