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This exhibition tells the stories of black students in Cambridge, from the forgotten pioneers of centuries past to the celebrated successes of today. In it, a collection of photographic portraits will celebrate centuries of black students at Cambridge (from 1700 to the present day) and inspire future generations.

Featuring trailblazers from the first black British army officer to the first black female composer to have a composition played at the Proms, the exhibition features famous faces such as Zadie Smith, Thandie Newton and Naomie Harris alongside rare archive images. New portraits are being taken by the city of Cambridge’s chief chronicler, Sir Cam, including of classical composer Errollyn Wallen, jazz singer Justina Kehinde Ogunseitan and MP Diane Abbott. These portraits will hang on the University Library’s 'Royal Corridor'.

This collection represents a reinvention of the traditional Cambridge portrait students may see on a daily basis and the exhibition opening marks the first day of the UK’s Black History Month (1 October). The exhibition is free to visit, no need to book. Please see our website for opening times. Please collect a pass from the Reader Services Desk in the Entrance Hall. Bags should be secured in the free locker room available.

Black Cantabs: History Makers runs from 1 October to 22 December at the University Library, before touring the University and Colleges. It builds on the painstaking research project undertaken by the Black Cantabs Society, the members of which are students, staff and alumni of the University. See the results of the project on the Society's website: https://blackcantabs.herokuapp.com/

 

Location: 
Cambridge University Library
Date: 
Repeats every day until Sat Dec 22 2018 except Sun Oct 07 2018, Sun Oct 14 2018, Sun Oct 21 2018, Sun Oct 28 2018, Sun Nov 04 2018, Sun Nov 11 2018, Sun Nov 18 2018, Sun Nov 25 2018, Sun Dec 02 2018, Sun Dec 09 2018, Sun Dec 16 2018.
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Audience: 
ALL WELCOME
Booking: 
Booking not required