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Curious Objects exhibition tours and talks

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Cambridge University Library

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From March 2016 to March 2017 Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th birthday with a programme of exhibitions, events and activities for all the family. The celebrations continue with the spectacular Curious Objects exhibition, which tells the story of the Library through some of its more unusual and unexpected items.

Delve deeper into the exhibition with a half-hour tour with one of the exhibition's curators. Choose from a general tour giving an introduction to the whole exhibition, or a specialist tour for an in-depth look at a specific area of the exhibition with the curator who selected the material. For talks and mini tours, you can also join us on Tuesday 21 March for the final day of the exhibition for a full programme of events as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Science Festival

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Tuesday 21 March, 2017

11:00 am-11:30 am: A tale of two globes (Anne Taylor, Head of Map Department)

An informal talk about two globes in the exhibition: one produced in 1679 and the other in 1775. What differences can be seen, and why?

11:30 am-12:00 pm: Spirit trumpets and psychic thumbprints (Sian Collins, Archivist, & Rebecca Goldie, Conservator)

Dip into the history of the eminent Cambridge scientists who formed the Society for Psychical Research to investigate ghosts, mediums and psychic phenomena.

12:00 pm-12:30 pm: Paper computers, cardboard globes (Dr Boris Jardine, Department of History and Philosophy of Science)

From the first ever slide rule to a dissected globe, discover how a simple material has played a key role in the history of science.

12:30–13.30 pm: Dr Woodward and the star-crossed stone (Dr Kenneth McNamara, Director of the Sedgwick Museum, & Jo Atherton, Artist)

A palaeontologist and an artist consider the role of fossil sea urchins in the birth of palaeontology and discuss what makes us continue this long tradition of collecting star-crossed stones

General tours

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Friday 16 December 2016, 11:30 am-12:00 pm

Tuesday 20 December 2016, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Friday 20 January 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Friday 3 February 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Thursday 16 February 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Thursday 2 March 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Thursday 16 March 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm

Specialist tours

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Tues 10 Jan 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm: The ornamented book: bindings

Thurs 19 Jan 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm: Voyages of discovery: the Commonwealth

Fri 10 Feb 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm: Displaying curious objects: a behind-the-scenes look at installing the exhibition with two of our conservators

Tues 21 Feb 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm: The cabinet of 'Oriental' manuscripts and curiosities presented to the Library in 1727 by the Rev. George Lewis

Thurs 23 Feb 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm: Toys, games and puzzles

Thurs 9 Mar 2017, 11:30 am-12:00 pm: Postcards and packaging, badges and bookmarks: ephemera from the Russian Empire and Soviet Union in the collection of Dr Catherine Cooke (1942–2004)

Tues 14 Mar 2017, 2:30 pm-3:00 pm: Voyages of discovery: the Middle East


For General and Specialist Tours please meet in the University Library Entrance Hall five minutes before the tour is due to begin. Access to the exhibition space is down a short flight of stairs; if you require level access, please email exhibitions@lib.cam.ac.uk specifying the date of your tour. Enquiries can also be sent to the same email address.

The exhibition is open to the public from 3 November 2016 to 21 March 2017. A full website is available at https://exhibitions.lib.cam.ac.uk/curiousobjects/

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Cambridge University Library

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CB3 9DR

United Kingdom

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