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The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge

Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30
Monday 14 October - Saturday 21 March 2020
Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library

The Rising Tide is an exhibition of two parts. Displays in the Milstein Exhibition Centre focus on the experience of being a woman at Cambridge University over the past 150 years. Along the front corridors of the University Library hang portraits of women associated with the University. This exhibition marks 150 years since the founding of Cambridge’s first women’s college. It focuses on the lived experience of women at Cambridge, the fight for equal educational rights, and the careers of some of the women who shaped the institution (and the world). This story is told through costumes, letters, and audio-visual material, with visitors getting the chance to explore collections from across the University and Colleges.


24 Portraits: Recovering and Reimagining Women’s Labour

Monday-Friday 10.00-16.00
Friday 1 November - Friday 7 February 2020
Department of Pathology, Tennis Court Road CB2 1QP

Emma Copley has created a site-specific installation of painted portraits of women who currently work in all areas of the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge including laboratory managers, academics, cleaners, lecturers, administrators and technicians. The exhibition is part of The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge programme, and is open and free for all. For more information, please click here.


TALK | 16 Jan 17.00-18.00 | ALL WELCOME

"Lock up your libraries?": Women readers of Cambridge University Library, 1869-1923

Join Dr Jill Whitelock for a talk which examines the admission of women readers to the University Library. Part of The Rising Tide programme.

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TOUR | 18 Jan 13.00-14.00 | ALL WELCOME

British Sign Language exhibition & library tour

Join one of our exhibition curators for this guided tour of The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge exhibition, to be followed by an introductory tour of the wider University Library. Part of The Rising Tide programme.

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TALK | 23 Jan 18.00-19.00 | ALL WELCOME

Preparing women leaders for the future

An engaging conversation about the challenges in preparing women leaders for the future, with Dame Carol Black and a guest, chaired by Sucheta Nadkarni. Part of The Rising Tide programme.

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EVENT | 30 Jan 17.30-19.00 | ALL WELCOME

As is your due: 50th anniversary of women’s admission to the University

This talk and film records the 50th anniversary celebration of women's admission to the University of Cambridge. Part of The Rising Tide programme.

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Our public event programme is generously supported by the Friends of the Library.

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