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Cambridge University Library




Ghost Words: Reading the Past

Opens January 2021

Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge University Library

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. Timed tickets coming soon, keep an eye out on this page for details.

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Digital Event | 9 Dec 2020

British satire and Spitting Image in conversation with Dr Lucy Delap, Matt Forde and Roger Law

As Spitting Image returns to our screens, you are invited to join this digital event to hear from a special panel who will discuss British satire and its history.

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

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