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Tall Tales: Secrets of The Tower

Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30
2 May-28 October 2018
Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library

Throughout its history the Tower of Cambridge University Library has generated awe, rumour, myth and fascination. The Tower was an afterthought, built to house copyright collections deemed of ‘secondary’ importance. Now the Tower and its collections inform contemporary research, inspire writers, and represent over a century of British literary, domestic and popular history. You are invited to uncover the secret history of this remarkable structure. Free exhibition – all welcome.


Exhibition Tours

11.00-11.30 every Friday (4 May-26 October)

These free drop-in Exhibition Tours led by a member of University Library staff will provide an introduction to our exhibition, Tall Tales: Secrets of the Tower. Please note that these tours do not include a visit up the tower. No need to book. Please arrive in the Milstein Exhibition Centre 5 minutes before tour is due to start.


Tower Tours

11.00-11.45 every Wednesday (6 June – 12 September)

These guided tours offer an introduction to the exhibition before taking you on a special behind-the-scenes visit up the Library tower. Limited spaces available - booking is essential. These tours are now fully booked. Please keep an eye out on our website for details of other exhibition tours and events.


FAMILY EVENT | 23 Aug 10.00-12.00 | ALL WELCOME

Design Your Own Dust Cover

Part of Summers at the Museums, this family-friendly event invites you to design your own book cover inspired by the Library collections.

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TOUR | 3 Sep 14.00-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Genizah Show & Tell

An opportunity to visit the Genizah Research Unit on this one-hour show and tell.

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TOUR | 7 Sep 10.00-11.00, 12.00-13.00 and 14.00-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Behind-the-scenes of Cambridge University’s Library Storage Facility

Part of Heritage Open Days, the special tour takes you behind the scenes of the Library's new state of the art book store.

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TOUR | 13 Sep 10.00-11.00, 12.00-13.00 and 14.00-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Behind-the-scenes of Cambridge University’s Library Storage Facility

Part of Heritage Open Days, the special tour takes you behind the scenes of the Library's new state of the art book store.

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TOUR | 14 Sep 11.00-11.50, 12.00-12.50 and 14.15-15.20 | ALL WELCOME

Manuscripts and Rare Books: Who cares? Conservation and Collection Care at the University Library

Part of Open Cambridge, these tours take you behind-the-scenes into the Library's Conservation and Collection Care studio.

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TOUR | 15 Sep 10.00-16.00 | ALL WELCOME

Open Cambridge: Secrets of the Library Tower [FULLY BOOKED]

A chance to see inside the Library tower on this Open Cambridge tour.

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EVENT | 15 Sep 10.30-11.30, 12.30-13.30 and 14.30-15.30 | ALL WELCOME

Cluescape: Escape the Tower [FULLY BOOKED]

Our interactive Escape Game is back!

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TOUR | 1 Oct 14.00-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Genizah Show & Tell

An opportunity to visit the Genizah Research Unit on this one-hour show and tell.

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EVENT | 20 Oct 10.30-11.30, 12.30-13.30 and 14.30-15.30 | ALL WELCOME

Cluescape: Escape the Tower [FULLY BOOKED]

Our interactive Escape Game is back!

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TOUR | 1 Nov 14.00-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Genizah Show & Tell

An opportunity to visit the Genizah Research Unit on this one-hour show and tell.

Full details

TOUR | 2 Nov 14.00-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Genizah Show & Tell

An opportunity to visit the Genizah Research Unit on this one-hour show and tell.

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TOUR | 3 Dec 14.00-15.00 | ALL WELCOME

Genizah Show & Tell

An opportunity to visit the Genizah Research Unit on this one-hour show and tell.

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Our exciting new app allows you to turn the pages and interact with six of the greatest written works in human history.

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