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University Library welcomes you to two Open Cambridge behind-the-scenes tours

This September, Cambridge University Library is hosting two exclusive drop-in tours during the Open Cambridge weekend, part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme. More serious business: Behind the scenes at the University Library’s Waterloo exhibition Friday 11 – Saturday 12 September Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge...

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Oracle bones and unseen beauty: wonders of priceless Chinese collection now online

A banknote from 1380 that threatens decapitation, a set of 17th-century prints so delicate they had never been opened, and 3000-year-old ‘oracle bones’ are now freely available for the world to view on the Cambridge Digital Library . The treasures of Cambridge University Library’s Chinese collections are the latest...

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Panoramas and watercolours among first items added to new Royal Commonwealth Society collection on Cambridge Digital Library

This month sees the launch of a new Royal Commonwealth Society collection on Cambridge Digital Library, with an initial selection of fascinating items available online for free to anyone with an internet connection. The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) Library collections are a treasure-trove of information, pictorial and...

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Royal Asiatic Society treasures arrive on deposit

Three beautifully illustrated Persian manuscripts have been placed in the University Library on long-term deposit by the Royal Asiatic Society. Originally acquired by the Society in the 1800s and among their greatest treasures, they had, until recently, been kept in the British Library. Foremost among them is the...

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The 1,000-year-old manuscript and the stories it tells

One of the greatest treasures of Cambridge University Library is a Buddhist manuscript that was produced in Kathmandu exactly 1,000 years ago. The exquisitely-illustrated Perfection of Wisdom is still revealing fresh secrets. One thousand years ago, a scribe called Sujātabhadra put his name to a manuscript known as the...

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Waterloo: Major new exhibition to commemorate bicentenary opens at Cambridge University Library

A letter written from the body-strewn battlefield at Waterloo, an invasion map of the UK, and a book from Napoleon’s personal library in exile will go on display at Cambridge University Library during one of the first major Waterloo exhibitions of the bicentenary commemorations. A Damned Serious Business: Waterloo 1815...

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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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