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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.

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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TOUR | 3 Jun 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

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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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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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