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The following list details current, forthcoming, and past exhibitions held in the Library. These are usually displayed in the Library Exhibition Area located between the Old Library and the Working Library (on entering the Working Library turn left and walk through the reference section and periodicals area). The Exhibition Area is open to visitors Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Please note that these details are provisional and may be subject to alteration.

Current exhibitions

09/07/2015 - 25/09/2015

A man of many talents, John Robert Lunn (1831-1899) was a unanimously admired member of St John’s College for many years, from his studies as an undergraduate to his involvement in the Fellowship...

Future exhibitions


The 17th century Old Library of St John’s College is home to an historic collection of books, manuscripts, photographs and artefacts; the work of writers, scientists and artists that...


Explore the bitter conflict of the English Civil War in a brand new exhibition at St John’s College Old Library.

A staunchly Royalist College in the heart of Parliamentarian East Anglia, St...

Online exhibitions

The Good House-wife made a Doctor (1691)

This is an online version of the exhibition held in the Library Exhibition Area until October 2014.


Lady Margaret Beaufort, foundress of the College

This is an online version of an exhibition held in the College's Library Exhibition Area during the summer of 2013.

Drawing upon the rich...

St John's College is home to thirty-four of Samuel Butler's oil paintings, most of which were photographed in 2011 by the Public Catalogue Foundation. You can view a slideshow of digital...