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

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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 general events and temporary exhibitions and also exhibitions and events for the Festival of Ideas in October.

Old Library, Queens' College

Image of the Old Library, Queens' College


Enslavement and Salvation at Queens' College: an Old Library exhibition

 01223 335550

 Free exhibition

27 October - 2 December 2022, 1.30pm-4.30pm (late night opening until 7pm on 17 November).  During Lent Term the exhibition will remain available to view by appointment. 

 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. Access through the War Memorial Library.

Following two years’ research, this exhibition investigates Queens’ College’s links to the Atlantic Slave Trade, exploring the complex lives and worlds of a variety of Queens’ members through books and other objects they left behind. Focusing on intertwined networks of evangelical abolitionists and slave-owning family members at Queens', these material legacies offer a revealing window into some of the political, spiritual and social factors out of which enslavement came to occupy so natural a part of life in Britain during its age of empire.  A 15 minute curator’s talk about the exhibition and the college’s legacies of enslavement will take place in the Old Library at 1.30pm each Wednesday until the end of term. (The first takes place on 9 Nov).

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, Sonya Adams or Rosie Austin.

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