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Young detectives discover Charles Darwin in special Cambridge University Library workshop

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...

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

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...

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University Library welcomes you for three Cambridge Science Festival drop-in events

The Cambridge Science Festival is now on! To coincide with the UNESCO International Year of Light, this year's Science Festival runs from 9-22 March and offers light-themed talks, workshops and exhibitions across the city. Cambridge University Library will be offering a series of special drop-in events as part of the...

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Sandars Lectures 2014-15: “Henry Bradshaw And The Foundation Of Codicology” by Richard Beadle

The Reader for the 2014-15 series of Sandars Lectures is Richard Beadle, Professor of English Literature and Palaeography at the University of Cambridge, under the title “Henry Bradshaw and the Foundation of Codicology” . The dates and titles for the lectures are as follows: Wednesday 25 February A shot at Henry Bradshaw...

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Cambridge Science Festival set to 'light up' Library collections

Bookings are now open for the Cambridge Science Festival 2015. To coincide with the UNESCO International Year of Light, this year's Festival runs from 9-22 March and offers light-themed talks, workshops and exhibitions across the city. Cambridge University Library will be offering a series of special events as part of the...

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Portraits of literary giants feature in a new photography exhibition at Cambridge University Library

A series of compelling portraits including those of literary giants are on display in Cambridge University Library’s Entrance Hall, in their new artwork exhibition by the American photographer, Judith Aronson. Likenesses explores the intimate relationship between photographer and subject. Presenting writers, actors and...

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Cambridge University Library’s unique WW2 collection goes on display in New York

A unique collection of literary works that were published following the German retreat from French soil held by Cambridge University Library (UL) is now on public display in New York’s Grolier Club , America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts. The items will be on display...

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Former Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

The Queen has approved the award of Her Majesty’s Gold Medal for Poetry for 2014 to Imtiaz Dharker, a former Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library. The Poetry Medal Committee, chaired by the current Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Anne Duffy, was unanimous in recommending Dharker as the recipient of the award, on the...

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Crown jewels of English lute music go online on Cambridge Digital Library

Cambridge Digital Library has launched a new Music Collection with the online release of the 'crown jewels' of English lute music. Dating from the late 16th and early 17th century, the manuscripts contain handwritten copies of scores by John Dowland, Francis Cutting and dozens of other early modern composers. Digital...

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The evolution of Darwin’s Origin: Cambridge releases 12,000 papers online

The origins of Darwin’s theory of evolution – including the pages where he first coins and commits to paper the term ‘natural selection’ – are being made freely available online today in one of the most significant releases of Darwin material in history. In total, Cambridge Digital Library ( http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/...

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