skip to content
 

 

"Thank you so much for organising our school visit to The University Library. The talk and the description of the items on display were very informative and brought the whole thing alive for the students. Personally it gave me an insight into an area of knowledge that I had hitherto known nothing about. That is what is so good about our library visits, we look at documents that enhance our understanding of different aspects of history."

 


Please note that due to the current extraordinary circumstances relating to COVID19, we are not accepting any new bookings for Genizah visits during March and April after which we will review the situation in the light of University and government policy. We will be contacting those already booked in for this period directly.

 

The Littman Genizah Educational Programme

unconserved manuscript on display

The Genizah Unit is a research department of the University Library and lacks the facilities to provide a permanent display of manuscripts. However, thanks to the recent generosity of the Littman Foundation, the Genizah Research Unit is now able to offer organised visits to the Collection. By prior arrangement, we can host a visit of up to 2 hours for organised groups that will provide an introduction to the Collection and a viewing of selected Genizah manuscripts. These visits can be arranged on Monday through Friday throughout the year, with the exception of days when the University Library is closed.

 

If your group is from a recognized educational institution (such as a school or university), then thanks to the support of the Littman Foundation, your visit will be free of charge.

If you are a Friend of the Genizah at the ‘Manuscript Level’, you may arrange to bring a group of up to 10 people (you and 9 others) for a private viewing of Genizah manuscripts.

 

Charges

1–20 people: £200

21–45 people: £400

 

For those unable to form a larger group, we offer an opportunity to join a small group on the first working day of each month. One of our researchers will host a maximum of 6 people, for a 'show and tell' on a selection of manuscripts from the Collection. The visit will last for about 1 hour and start at 2pm on each date.

 

Charges

£20 per person, payable online in advance, once registered through the contact details below.

 

Travel arrangements: please be aware that when making your travel arrangements, coaches are not allowed onto the Library grounds. There is a coach drop-off point nearby on Queen’s Road. Minibuses, however, are allowed onto Library grounds for drop-off and pick-up but must arrange to park elsewhere for the duration of the visit unless they are able to fit into a standard sized car parking space.

 

To discuss making a visit, please contact Mrs Sarah Sykes, email: genizah@lib.cam.ac.uk; tel: (01223) 333129

 


"I am writing to say thank you once again for such a fascinating and inspirational talk and introduction to the Geniza collection. It was, all in all, a remarkable and memorable afternoon. Having heard of the Cairo Geniza from time to time and its treasures it was amazing to be introduced to it – and the reality turns out to be even more impressive, and to actually be so up close to our living history was deeply moving."