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Curious Objects

Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30
3 November 2016-21 March 2017
Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library

 

From 'ectoplasm' to beard hair sent to Charles Darwin, our second 600th anniversary exhibition, Curious Objects, tells the story of Cambridge University Library through its more unusual and unexpected items. See the exhibition in person, or visit the Curious Objects virtual exhibition or collection on the Cambridge Digital Library.


Saturday, 24 June, 2017 to Monday, 25 December, 2017
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Saturday, 24 June, 2017 at 09.00-16.45
Entrance Hall


Cambridge University Library has a rich collection of sixteenth-century medical books from the founders of modern anatomy. This includes first editions of the De humani corporis fabrica (pictured) by Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), Imperial Physician at the court of Emperor Charles V and works by Johann Dryander and Charles Estienne. The display shows different depictions of dissection of the brain.

The University Library will open to visitors on Saturday June 24 from 09:00-16:45, where you will be able to view a special ‘pop up’ exhibition.



Saturday, 24 June, 2017 at
Entrance Hall


In Japan, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana 生花) has strong ties to poetry, religious traditions, courtly culture, and even traditional architecture. Rare early illustrations of flower arrangements from four distinct schools of Japanese ikebana will be on display in cases in the University Library Entrance Hall. Scroll openings and book pages will be changed each Monday.
 
Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書, a 1544 manuscript scroll illustrated in colour, is one of the earliest extant examples of a Japanese guide to flower arranging. It will be on display along with an illustrated manuscript from the Ikenobō 池坊 tradition and woodblock-printed books of ikebana from the Seizan 青山 and Mishō 未生 schools.
 
You can also view the Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書 and Ikenobō rikka no zu on the Cambridge Digital Library.
 
Yuishinken kadensho was purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
 
Art Fund  V&A Purchase Grant Fund
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, 26 June, 2017 to Wednesday, 27 December, 2017
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Monday, 26 June, 2017 at
Entrance Hall


In Japan, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana 生花) has strong ties to poetry, religious traditions, courtly culture, and even traditional architecture. Rare early illustrations of flower arrangements from four distinct schools of Japanese ikebana will be on display in cases in the University Library Entrance Hall. Scroll openings and book pages will be changed each Monday.
 
Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書, a 1544 manuscript scroll illustrated in colour, is one of the earliest extant examples of a Japanese guide to flower arranging. It will be on display along with an illustrated manuscript from the Ikenobō 池坊 tradition and woodblock-printed books of ikebana from the Seizan 青山 and Mishō 未生 schools.
 
You can also view the Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書 and Ikenobō rikka no zu on the Cambridge Digital Library.
 
Yuishinken kadensho was purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
 
Art Fund  V&A Purchase Grant Fund
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 27 June, 2017 to Thursday, 28 December, 2017
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Tuesday, 27 June, 2017 at
Entrance Hall


In Japan, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana 生花) has strong ties to poetry, religious traditions, courtly culture, and even traditional architecture. Rare early illustrations of flower arrangements from four distinct schools of Japanese ikebana will be on display in cases in the University Library Entrance Hall. Scroll openings and book pages will be changed each Monday.
 
Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書, a 1544 manuscript scroll illustrated in colour, is one of the earliest extant examples of a Japanese guide to flower arranging. It will be on display along with an illustrated manuscript from the Ikenobō 池坊 tradition and woodblock-printed books of ikebana from the Seizan 青山 and Mishō 未生 schools.
 
You can also view the Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書 and Ikenobō rikka no zu on the Cambridge Digital Library.
 
Yuishinken kadensho was purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
 
Art Fund  V&A Purchase Grant Fund
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 at 18:00-20:00
Main Reading Room


For one night only you can break all the rules and enjoy an evening of drinks and nibbles at the very heart of the Library - the Main Reading Room! Meet the new University Librarian, Dr Jessica Gardner, and enjoy a performance by the Cambridge University Trumpet Ensemble as you explore a special exhibition on show just for the evening. Featuring treasures purchased by the Friends as well as several items from the Library’s Siegfried Sassoon collection, one of the Library's most popular collections, this will be a special evening for anyone who loves the Library.

 

Exclusive Friends Event. Not already a Friend? No problem! Join online at www.lib.cam.ac.uk/friends.

 

Summer Party tickets: Friends £7 / Guests £8. Book via: tinyurl.com/FriendsSummer17 or contact Kim.Greed@lib.cam.ac.uk / 01223 765362, or send cash / cheque (payable to the University of Cambridge) to Friends, Cambridge University Library, West Road, CB3 9DR. Booking deadline: 18th June. 



Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 to Friday, 29 December, 2017
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 at
Entrance Hall


In Japan, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana 生花) has strong ties to poetry, religious traditions, courtly culture, and even traditional architecture. Rare early illustrations of flower arrangements from four distinct schools of Japanese ikebana will be on display in cases in the University Library Entrance Hall. Scroll openings and book pages will be changed each Monday.
 
Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書, a 1544 manuscript scroll illustrated in colour, is one of the earliest extant examples of a Japanese guide to flower arranging. It will be on display along with an illustrated manuscript from the Ikenobō 池坊 tradition and woodblock-printed books of ikebana from the Seizan 青山 and Mishō 未生 schools.
 
You can also view the Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書 and Ikenobō rikka no zu on the Cambridge Digital Library.
 
Yuishinken kadensho was purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
 
Art Fund  V&A Purchase Grant Fund
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, 29 June, 2017 at 16.00-16.45
Milstein Exhibition Centre


For a thousand years the Jewish community of Old Cairo put their worn-out writings into a synagogue storage room: a Genizah. Explore one of the greatest collections of Cambridge University Library with the help of one of the researchers from the Genizah Research Unit.

The exhibition Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo provides a window on the life of a Jewish community a thousand years ago – a community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core.

To book your place on one of our free exhibition curator tours, please click here.



Thursday, 29 June, 2017 at
Entrance Hall


In Japan, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana 生花) has strong ties to poetry, religious traditions, courtly culture, and even traditional architecture. Rare early illustrations of flower arrangements from four distinct schools of Japanese ikebana will be on display in cases in the University Library Entrance Hall. Scroll openings and book pages will be changed each Monday.
 
Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書, a 1544 manuscript scroll illustrated in colour, is one of the earliest extant examples of a Japanese guide to flower arranging. It will be on display along with an illustrated manuscript from the Ikenobō 池坊 tradition and woodblock-printed books of ikebana from the Seizan 青山 and Mishō 未生 schools.
 
You can also view the Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書 and Ikenobō rikka no zu on the Cambridge Digital Library.
 
Yuishinken kadensho was purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
 
Art Fund  V&A Purchase Grant Fund
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, 30 June, 2017 to Sunday, 31 December, 2017
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Friday, 30 June, 2017 at
Entrance Hall


In Japan, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana 生花) has strong ties to poetry, religious traditions, courtly culture, and even traditional architecture. Rare early illustrations of flower arrangements from four distinct schools of Japanese ikebana will be on display in cases in the University Library Entrance Hall. Scroll openings and book pages will be changed each Monday.
 
Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書, a 1544 manuscript scroll illustrated in colour, is one of the earliest extant examples of a Japanese guide to flower arranging. It will be on display along with an illustrated manuscript from the Ikenobō 池坊 tradition and woodblock-printed books of ikebana from the Seizan 青山 and Mishō 未生 schools.
 
You can also view the Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書 and Ikenobō rikka no zu on the Cambridge Digital Library.
 
Yuishinken kadensho was purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
 
Art Fund  V&A Purchase Grant Fund
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, 1 July, 2017 to Monday, 1 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Saturday, 1 July, 2017 at
Entrance Hall


In Japan, the art of flower arrangement (ikebana 生花) has strong ties to poetry, religious traditions, courtly culture, and even traditional architecture. Rare early illustrations of flower arrangements from four distinct schools of Japanese ikebana will be on display in cases in the University Library Entrance Hall. Scroll openings and book pages will be changed each Monday.
 
Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書, a 1544 manuscript scroll illustrated in colour, is one of the earliest extant examples of a Japanese guide to flower arranging. It will be on display along with an illustrated manuscript from the Ikenobō 池坊 tradition and woodblock-printed books of ikebana from the Seizan 青山 and Mishō 未生 schools.
 
You can also view the Yuishinken kadensho 唯心軒花伝書 and Ikenobō rikka no zu on the Cambridge Digital Library.
 
Yuishinken kadensho was purchased with the support of Art Fund and the Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.
 
Art Fund  V&A Purchase Grant Fund
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, 3 July, 2017 to Wednesday, 3 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Tuesday, 4 July, 2017 to Thursday, 4 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Wednesday, 5 July, 2017 to Friday, 5 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Friday, 7 July, 2017 to Sunday, 7 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Saturday, 8 July, 2017 to Monday, 8 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Monday, 10 July, 2017 to Wednesday, 10 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Tuesday, 11 July, 2017 to Thursday, 11 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Wednesday, 12 July, 2017 to Friday, 12 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Thursday, 13 July, 2017 at 16.00-16.45
Milstein Exhibition Centre


For a thousand years the Jewish community of Old Cairo put their worn-out writings into a synagogue storage room: a Genizah. Explore one of the greatest collections of Cambridge University Library with the help of one of the researchers from the Genizah Research Unit.

The exhibition Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo provides a window on the life of a Jewish community a thousand years ago – a community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core.

To book your place on one of our free exhibition curator tours, please click here.



Friday, 14 July, 2017 to Sunday, 14 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Saturday, 15 July, 2017 to Monday, 15 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Monday, 17 July, 2017 to Wednesday, 17 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 to Thursday, 18 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Tuesday, 18 July, 2017 at 11.30-12.15
Milstein Exhibition Centre


For a thousand years the Jewish community of Old Cairo put their worn-out writings into a synagogue storage room: a Genizah. Explore one of the greatest collections of Cambridge University Library with the help of one of the researchers from the Genizah Research Unit.

The exhibition Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo provides a window on the life of a Jewish community a thousand years ago – a community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core.

To book your place on one of our free exhibition curator tours, please click here.



Wednesday, 19 July, 2017 to Friday, 19 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Friday, 21 July, 2017 to Sunday, 21 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Saturday, 22 July, 2017 to Monday, 22 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Monday, 24 July, 2017 to Wednesday, 24 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 to Thursday, 25 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Wednesday, 26 July, 2017 to Friday, 26 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Thursday, 27 July, 2017 at 16.00-16.45
Milstein Exhibition Centre


For a thousand years the Jewish community of Old Cairo put their worn-out writings into a synagogue storage room: a Genizah. Explore one of the greatest collections of Cambridge University Library with the help of one of the researchers from the Genizah Research Unit.

The exhibition Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo provides a window on the life of a Jewish community a thousand years ago – a community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core.

To book your place on one of our free exhibition curator tours, please click here.



Friday, 28 July, 2017 to Sunday, 28 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Saturday, 29 July, 2017 to Monday, 29 January, 2018
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This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.



Monday, 31 July, 2017 to Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
at


This exhibition will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make up, devout to its core. To book onto exhibition tours and events, please click here.