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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

27/06/2016 - 30/12/2016

This exhibition celebrates the quincentenary of the admission of the first students to St John’s on 29th July 1516. By examining the lives of some exceptional Johnians, the story of the College...

Future exhibitions

The Battle of Culloden (David Morier, via Wikimedia Commons)

Members of St John's College have been torchbearers in momentous political movements from Jacobitism and the abolition of slavery to conscientious objection during the World Wars. This exhibition...

Online exhibitions

An unhappy student taking a University exam.

A diary of a 19th century undergraduate, which provides a rare insight into the life of a Cambridge student, is among the items going on public display at St John’s College this...

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...