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Exhibition

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.


Display

Scandalous and libellous books

Monday-Friday 09.00-19.00, Saturday 09.00-17.00
16 January-15 February 2017
Entrance Hall, Cambridge University Library

 

A display of risqué, banned and otherwise scandalous books from the Library's Arc Collection, including a seventeenth-century Venetian novel and James Joyce's Ulysses. Read more about this collection on the Special Collections blog.


Exhibition | 20 Feb | ALL WELCOME

Exhibition: Curious Objects

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TALK | 21 Feb 14.30-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Specialist Curious Objects tour: The cabinet of 'Oriental' manuscripts and curiosities

Delve deeper into our Curious Objects exhibition in this half-hour tour with one of the exhibition's curators.

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TOUR | 23 Feb 14.30-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Specialist Curious Objects tour: Toys, games and puzzles

Delve deeper into our Curious Objects exhibition in this half-hour tour with one of the exhibition's curators.

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TOUR | 2 Mar 14.30-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

General Curious Objects tour

Delve deeper into our Curious Objects exhibition in this half-hour tour with one of the exhibition's curators.

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TALK | 6 Mar 17.00-18.00 | ALL WELCOME

Sandars Lecture: A Cabinet of English Literary Treasures: Reflections of Fifty Years of Book Collecting

Sandars reader, Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, will deliver his first of three lectures on Laurence Nowell and Thomas Cranmer.

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TOUR | 7 Mar 17:30-18:30 | FRIENDS

Tower Tour: Pancakes and Pizza

By popular demand, the tower tours are back! Introducing the first Friends tower visit of 2017. Not already a member? Join at www.lib.cam.ac.uk/friends

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TALK | 8 Mar 17.00-18.00 | ALL WELCOME

Sandars Lecture: A Cabinet of English Literary Treasures: Reflections of Fifty Years of Book Collecting

Sandars reader, Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, will deliver his second of three lectures on John Dee and others.

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TOUR | 9 Mar 11.30-12.00 | ALL WELCOME

Specialist Curious Objects tour: Postcards and packaging

Delve deeper into our Curious Objects exhibition in this half-hour tour with one of the exhibition's curators.

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TALK | 9 Mar 17.00-18.00 | ALL WELCOME

Sandars Lecture: A Cabinet of English Literary Treasures: Reflections of Fifty Years of Book Collecting

Sandars Reader, Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, will deliver his third and final lecture on literary forgeries.

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TALK | 14 Mar 14.30-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Specialist Curious Objects tour: Voyages of discovery: the Middle East

Delve deeper into our Curious Objects exhibition in this half-hour tour with one of the exhibition's curators.

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FAMILY EVENT | 14 Mar 10.30-12.00 | ALL WELCOME

Science Festival: Darwin's evolutionary tails

What was Darwin's big idea? How did he carry out research? Why is he important? A hands-on family-friendly workshop looking at the hows and whys of Darwin's life and his work.

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TOUR | 16 Mar 14.30-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

General Curious Objects tour

Delve deeper into our Curious Objects exhibition in this half-hour tour with one of the exhibition's curators.

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| 18 Mar Various start times | ALL WELCOME

Science Festival: Cluescape III Curious Objects

Solve the puzzles to find the elusive 'curious object' that didn’t make it into the exhibition in this thrilling escape game.

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TALK | 20 Mar 17.30-19.00 | ALL WELCOME

Science Festival: Experiments in photography

Discover the pioneering work of two women photographers practising in 1930's Cambridge under the name of Ramsey & Muspratt.

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TALK | 21 Mar 10.00-18.30 | ALL WELCOME

Science Festival: Curious collections

Your last chance to visit our Curious Objects exhibition. Drop in for a day of mini talks and tours exploring some of the Library's curiosities.

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TOUR | 25 Mar 10.00-12.00 | ALL WELCOME

Science Festival: Resilience, repair and research

Discover how innovative conservation and digitisation techniques are helping to preserve and share the personal stories of WWII Civilian Internees held in Changi Gaol, Singapore.

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TALK | 27 Mar 17:30 - 18:50 | ALL WELCOME

Jane Austen: 200 years

A talk on the life and work of Jane Austen. Public event open to all. Hosted by the Friends.

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EVENT | 24 Apr 17:30-21:15 | ALL WELCOME

Archive Evening: Printing and the Mind: Seventeenth-Century Transformations

The Stationers' Archive Evening in London this year features the Library as principal partner, exploring printing in the late 17th century.

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TALK | 4 May 17:45 - 18:30 | ALL WELCOME

Discarded History

Introducing the Library's 2017 exhibition on Genizah manuscripts discovered 120 years ago. Public event open to all. Hosted by the Friends.

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EVENT | 28 Jun 18:00-20:00 | FRIENDS

Friends Summer Party

It’s all about fun at the Summer Party, so join us in an impressive setting for drinks and nibbles, entertainment, exhibitions and excellent company!

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TOUR | 3 Jul 11:00-12:00 | FRIENDS

Tower Tour: the Height of Fashion

By popular demand, the tower tours are back! Not already a member? Join at www.lib.cam.ac.uk/friends

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