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The latest rare book exhibition at the Whipple Library in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science is now open. Showcasing rare books from the special collections at both the Whipple and Cambridge University Library, Conflicting Chronologies explores some of the nineteenth century texts that debated the age, origin and development of early Egyptian civilisation.

The deep human past was a key area for Victorian intellectual controversy. Were humans older than the biblical tradition of 6,000 years? Where had we come from? Were we one or many species? Above all, who had the expertise to provide authoritative chronologies? For Victorians, the Nile Valley was ‘the cradle of western civilisation.’ Amid British control of semi-colonial Egypt, the period saw enormous changes to studies of human antiquity. British geologists, philologists, ethnologists, anthropologists, archaeologists and astronomers identified traces of the remote human past in the region. All attempted to answer the question: who lived in Egypt before the pharaohs? This exhibit showcases some of the texts that debated the age, origin and development of early Egyptian civilisation. It illuminates how Egyptian materials and labour informed these cross-disciplinary disputes.

Conflicting Chronologies is on display at the Whipple Library 1 May to 27 September 2019, Monday-Friday, 9.15am-5.30pm. 

The exhibition is free to attend and open to all.

You can read more about this display on the Special Collections blog.

Location: 
Whipple Library
Date: 
Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Mon Sep 30 2019.
Wednesday, 1 May, 2019
Thursday, 2 May, 2019
Friday, 3 May, 2019
Monday, 6 May, 2019
Tuesday, 7 May, 2019
Wednesday, 8 May, 2019
Thursday, 9 May, 2019
Friday, 10 May, 2019
Monday, 13 May, 2019
Tuesday, 14 May, 2019
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
Thursday, 16 May, 2019
Friday, 17 May, 2019
Monday, 20 May, 2019
Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
Wednesday, 22 May, 2019
Thursday, 23 May, 2019
Friday, 24 May, 2019
Monday, 27 May, 2019
Tuesday, 28 May, 2019
Wednesday, 29 May, 2019
Thursday, 30 May, 2019
Friday, 31 May, 2019
Monday, 3 June, 2019
Tuesday, 4 June, 2019
Wednesday, 5 June, 2019
Thursday, 6 June, 2019
Friday, 7 June, 2019
Monday, 10 June, 2019
Tuesday, 11 June, 2019
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019
Thursday, 13 June, 2019
Friday, 14 June, 2019
Monday, 17 June, 2019
Tuesday, 18 June, 2019
Wednesday, 19 June, 2019
Thursday, 20 June, 2019
Friday, 21 June, 2019
Monday, 24 June, 2019
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019
Wednesday, 26 June, 2019
Thursday, 27 June, 2019
Friday, 28 June, 2019
Monday, 1 July, 2019
Tuesday, 2 July, 2019
Wednesday, 3 July, 2019
Thursday, 4 July, 2019
Friday, 5 July, 2019
Monday, 8 July, 2019
Tuesday, 9 July, 2019
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019
Thursday, 11 July, 2019
Friday, 12 July, 2019
Monday, 15 July, 2019
Tuesday, 16 July, 2019
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
Thursday, 18 July, 2019
Friday, 19 July, 2019
Monday, 22 July, 2019
Tuesday, 23 July, 2019
Wednesday, 24 July, 2019
Thursday, 25 July, 2019
Friday, 26 July, 2019
Monday, 29 July, 2019
Tuesday, 30 July, 2019
Wednesday, 31 July, 2019
Thursday, 1 August, 2019
Friday, 2 August, 2019
Monday, 5 August, 2019
Tuesday, 6 August, 2019
Wednesday, 7 August, 2019
Thursday, 8 August, 2019
Friday, 9 August, 2019
Monday, 12 August, 2019
Tuesday, 13 August, 2019
Wednesday, 14 August, 2019
Thursday, 15 August, 2019
Friday, 16 August, 2019
Monday, 19 August, 2019
Tuesday, 20 August, 2019
Wednesday, 21 August, 2019
Thursday, 22 August, 2019
Friday, 23 August, 2019
Monday, 26 August, 2019
Tuesday, 27 August, 2019
Wednesday, 28 August, 2019
Thursday, 29 August, 2019
Friday, 30 August, 2019
Monday, 2 September, 2019
Tuesday, 3 September, 2019
Wednesday, 4 September, 2019
Thursday, 5 September, 2019
Friday, 6 September, 2019
Monday, 9 September, 2019
Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
Friday, 13 September, 2019
Monday, 16 September, 2019
Tuesday, 17 September, 2019
Wednesday, 18 September, 2019
Thursday, 19 September, 2019
Friday, 20 September, 2019
Monday, 23 September, 2019
Tuesday, 24 September, 2019
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019
Thursday, 26 September, 2019
Friday, 27 September, 2019
Monday, 30 September, 2019
Time: 
09.15-17.30
Audience: 
ALL WELCOME
Booking: 
Drop-in