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Explore the world of the Victorian poet, mesmerist and self-confessed hypochondriac Chauncy Hare Townshend, through collections held in Wisbech and Cambridge. On display are items illustrating the popularity of mesmerism as a therapeutic power, including letters from Charles Dickens to Townshend, and Dickens’ crystal ball.

This event is part of a partnership between Cambridge University Library and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Townshend’s bequest of his books and autograph manuscripts to Wisbech, along with his collection of fossils, fine and decorative arts, Egyptian antiquities, coins and other objects. This display will be available in the Entrance Hall of Cambridge University Library every day between 15-31 October excluding 21 October.

Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Free, no need to book. All welcome.

Entrance Hall
Repeats every day until Wed Oct 31 2018 except Sun Oct 21 2018, Sun Oct 28 2018.
Monday, 15 October, 2018
Tuesday, 16 October, 2018
Wednesday, 17 October, 2018
Thursday, 18 October, 2018
Friday, 19 October, 2018
Saturday, 20 October, 2018
Monday, 22 October, 2018
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Wednesday, 31 October, 2018