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Cambridge colleges library and archive exhibitions and events: Events and temporary exhibitions

What's on in Cambridge college libraries and archives

This guide features regular and temporary exhibitions in Cambridge colleges and will be updated as new exhibitions and events are announced.

Find more information on the colleges with libraries that are regularly open to the public: Christ's, Corpus Christi, Magdalene, St John's, and Trinity.

You can also find our more about college libraries and archives that are hosting events and temporary exhibitions, including exhibitions and events for Open Cambridge in September.

St. John's College


The Crown : Royal documents at St. John's College from Richard the Lionheart to Queen Victoria

 01223 338631

 Free exhibition

  Wednesday-Thursday, 10.00-15.45 or by appointment by telephone.

  The exhibition will be held in the Archive Centre, the School of Pythagoras, St. John's College.

Magdalene College


Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Extreme Collecting: Samuel Pepys and his fabulous Library

From tiny pocket-sized books for business use or for travel to broadside ballads and large-scale plans and maps, Samuel Pepys collected examples of the extremes of what it was possible to print in the seventeenth-century. The exhibition reveals the range of his interests, the many uses of the book in the period and the developing technologies of printing. As well as the special exhibition, visitors will be able to see Pepys’ famous diary and some of the exquisite manuscripts he owned as well as the unique furniture he had made for his London study.

 01223 332115

 Free exhibition

  15 - 23 October 2018 (excluding Sundays)
        2.00 - 4.00 pm

  Groups of 10 or more should arrange a pre-booked tour of the library, for which there is a charge, using the email address provided. Children under the age of 6 years old are not admitted due to the nature of the library room. The library is situated on the first floor of an historic building.  Regrettably, due to the age of the building, there is no lift access to the library.

Contact details

For further details about the exhibitions and events listed above, please use the contact details provided for each college. For more general information about the college libraries in Cambridge, see the Cambridge College Libraries guide.

If you are a Cambridge college library or archive and would like to have your event featured in this guide, please contact Catherine Sutherland or Sonya Adams.