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ghost words

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Medieval scribes used to recycle old books by scraping the parchment clean and writing a fresh text over the top. Known as palimpsests, these reused manuscripts have long attracted scholars, who have sought to decipher the lost texts and erased history that lies beneath the newer ink. This exhibition examines the quest to retrieve these ghost words.

Book your timed tickets

After launching digitally in March 2021, visitors can now view the exhibition in person through pre-booked timed tickets. As always, admission is free, however booking is now essential. New tickets will be released weekly and listed here. We are currently taking bookings for:

Week commencing 19th July

Week commencing 26th July

Generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation, and the Friends of Cambridge University Library.

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