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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

Samuel Butler, 'Photographer at work. St Brelade. Jersey. May 23' (1893; detail)
05/12/2017 - 15/01/2018

A display of entries to the 2017 Staff Photography Competition.

Now in its second year, this annual competition is open to all contracted members of staff at St John's. The theme for this...

Future exhibitions

Harry Hinsley in 1969
24/01/2018 - 20/04/2018

Widely known for his code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, and for his writings on the history of twentieth-century diplomacy and intelligence, Harry Hinsley was also...

Online exhibitions

A series of exhibitions take place in the College Archive Centre every term, and they are displayed below as 'virtual exhibitions' for those who were not able to attend.

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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.