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Cambridge Festival of Ideas now on!

20 October, 2014

2014 will mark the seventh year of the Festival of Ideas, a University of Cambridge public engagement initiative that celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences by showcasing a diverse mix of inspirational talks, performances, films, exhibitions and other creative displays.

Cambridge University Library will once again be taking part in the Festival with its own series of special events, which include:

Letterpress printing (Tuesday 21 October, 2:00-3:00pm and 3:30-4:30pm, and Wednesday 22 October, 2:00-3:00pm and 3:30-4:30pm, FULLY BOOKED)
Food, fashion and family: “women’s interest” material in the popular press, 1850-2000 (Saturday 25 October, 10:00am-1:00pm, Drop-in event)
Hidden Hong Kong (Saturday 25 October, 10:00-10:45am, 11:00-11:45am and 12:00-12:45pm)
Budapest Noir: city as vision and words (Tuesday 28 October, 5:30-6:30pm, FULLY BOOKED)
Early books and early owners: identities in incunabula (Wednesday 29 October, 5:30-6:30pm, FULLY BOOKED)
From east to west – medieval manuscripts of the Jewish festival prayer-book (Friday 31 October, 5:30-6:30pm. No need to book; arrive on time)
The formation of the Low Countries: from seascape to nations (Saturday 1 November, 12:15-3:45pm)

Full details of the Festival of Ideas, including booking information, can be found on the Festival of Ideas website.

Other News

Uncovering the text of the New Testament

12 September, 2014

A £1.1m campaign by Cambridge University Library to secure one of the most important New Testament manuscripts – the seventh-century Codex Zacynthius – has been a success.


Shortlist revealed for Library landscape design competition

12 September, 2014

The University Library and the Department of Architecture have revealed the shortlist for a design competition to attract bold re-imaginings of the open spaces and environment of the iconic Giles Gilbert Scott building.


Sassoon's War Journals Released Online

31 July, 2014

Siegfried Sassoon’s First World War diaries – some bearing traces of mud from the Somme – are among 4,100 pages from his personal archive being made freely available online from today, almost 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany.


80-year old photograph albums throw light on the building of the iconic University Library

29 July, 2014

Photographic albums uncovered at the University Library (UL) offer a unique view of the huge removal job which 80 years ago this week saw one million items successfully moved to their new home.


Heavens above

28 May, 2014

A 600-year-old astronomical document is now moving into the modern era, with a symposium at the Whipple Museum to mark its digitisation.


Stanley Sadie Archive Project

19 May, 2014

Cambridge University Library is delighted to have received the Stanley Sadie Archive as a gift from his widow Julie Anne.


Literature of the Liberation: Cambridge exhibition a world first

06 May, 2014

Seventy years after Hitler’s soldiers were driven from Paris, Cambridge University Library is staging the first-ever exhibition to examine the outpouring of literary works that followed the German retreat from French soil.


From text to texting: 10th century Greek manuscript is brought into the digital age

27 March, 2014

A tenth century Greek manuscript, one of the latest additions to the Digital Library, shows how the transmission and reinterpretation of written knowledge over the centuries still continues in today’s digital age.


Conquering a continent: How the French language circulated in Britain and medieval Europe

22 January, 2014

A 13th-century manuscript of Arthurian legend once owned by the Knights Templar is one of the star attractions of a new exhibition opening at Cambridge University Library today (January 22).