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First Spitting Image objects go on display at Cambridge University Library

The first objects from the Spitting Image archive have gone on display in the Entrance Hall of Cambridge University Library – following its handover from series co-creator Roger Law in November. The small display of 11 objects across two small exhibition cases features a Margaret Thatcher Toby Jug, scripts for the...

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Nobel Prize-winning author’s books on display in virtual exhibition

First editions signed and dedicated by Russia’s first Nobel Prize in Literature winner, Ivan Bunin, have been made available to all in a virtual exhibition – after decades spent unrecognised among the open shelving. The books are also on temporary display in the Entrance Hall of the University Library until Friday 30...

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Rose book-collecting prize 2019

Entries are now open for the 2019 Rose book-collecting prize . The competition offers Cambridge students the chance to win £500 by writing and talking about their own book collections. Last year’s winner, Nikita Makarchev of Magdalene College, is a collector of early twentieth-century avant-garde Russian poetry. His...

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Spitting Image archive comes to Cambridge University Library

A Margaret Thatcher puppet and the unbroadcast script and video tape for the pilot episode of Spitting Image have taken their place alongside the works of Newton, Darwin and other treasures at Cambridge University Library – after series co-creator Roger Law deposited the programme archive at the Library yesterday (November...

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Anniversary of the Reformation continues to be marked with major digital exhibition

To mark the 501 st birthday of the Reformation, the AHRC project ‘ Remembering the Reformation ’, in partnership with Cambridge University Library, Lambeth Palace Library and York Minister Library, draws renewed attention to the extensive and wide-ranging digital exhibition it launched to coincide with the anniversary last...

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Documentary on the University Library's remarkable medieval manuscript collection to premiere at Cambridge Film Festival

On 31 October and 1 November, the Cambridge Film Festival will screen the world premiere of a feature-length documentary on one of Cambridge University Library's most remarkable manuscript collections. From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza examines the history of a vast store of medieval manuscripts...

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Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Cambridge University Library loans two medieval manuscripts to the British Library

Two of Cambridge University Library’s most precious medieval manuscripts are now on public display as part of the British Library’s exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War (19 October 2018-19 February 2019). The ‘ Moore Bede ’ and the ‘ Book of Cerne ’ join manuscripts and artefacts from collections across the...

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Celebrating 150 years of the Royal Commonwealth Society

This year the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) collection at Cambridge University Library is celebrating two very significant anniversaries: 150 years since the society’s formation in 1868 and 25 years since the University acquired its library in 1993. To mark these anniversaries, the University Library has added over 100...

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Black Cantabs: History Makers exhibition opens at the University Library

Today, 1 October, marks the start of Black History Month and in celebration the University Library officially opened its latest exhibition, Black Cantabs: History Makers . This exhibition tells the stories of black students in Cambridge, from the forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today. In...

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On A Roll: The Latest Addition to Cambridge University Library’s Collection of Medieval Manuscripts

Cambridge University Library is delighted to announce the acquisition of a late 13th-century rental roll originally made for the Augustinian priory of Holy Trinity, Ipswich. The roll was purchased using funds from an endowment bequeathed by Dr Dorothea Oschinsky. Last noticed in 1847, when its contents were transcribed and...

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