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Current Exhibition

Darwin in conversation

9 July – 4 December 2022Darwin in Conversation

The endlessly curious life and letters of Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin’s name is so famous, still so constantly invoked in debates on evolution, society, and religion, that the man himself is easily overlooked.

Also see the complimentary Darwin exhibition Off The Page in the library’s main corridor.

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Our Exhibitions and Displays

Samurai: History and Legend

Samurai: History and Legend

Samurai are a well-known image of Japan, but they are as much legend as history.

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Caricatures of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune

Caricatures of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune (1870-1871)

An exhibition exploring our remarkable collection of six large volumes of around 1100 caricatures

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Ghost Words: Reading the past

Ghost Words: Reading the past

Medieval scribes used to recycle old books by scraping the parchment clean and writing a fresh text over the top.

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Upcoming Events

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16 Aug
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FAMILY FUN | 16 Aug 13:00-14:15

Darwin and the Hunt for Minibeasts

Join staff from the Zoology Museum and Cambridge University Library for this hands-on session searching for minibeasts just like Charles Darwin. Part of Summer at the Museums.

17 Aug
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FAMILY FUN | 17 Aug 10:00-11:15

Darwin and Plants in Close Up

Join staff from the Whipple Museum and Cambridge University Library for this hands-on session exploring how to collect and observe plants just like Darwin and his friends. Part of Summer at the Museums.

18 Aug
Bedazzled by Bees

FAMILY FUN | 18 Aug 10:30-11:45 & 13:30-14:45

Bedazzled by Bees (Wicken Fen)

A family event from the Darwin Correspondence Project hosted at the National Trust's Wicken Fen Nature Reserve.