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Exhibitions

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

Index from Culpeper's 'English Physician Enlarged' (1691)
18/07/2014 - 10/10/2014

An ABC of early modern household knowledge

Household knowledge in the early modern period was a miscellaneous category, circumscribing cookery, needlework, the...

Future exhibitions

William Wordsworth, painted by H.W. Pickersgill, 1831
20/10/2014 - 31/10/2014

An exhibition featuring a new video work by local artist Nick Gear, in response to William Wordsworth's much-loved 'Daffodils' poem. Items from the Library's extensive Wordsworth collection will...

Carved portrait of Roger Ascham, tutor to Queen Elizabeth I
13/09/2014

As part of the 2014 Open Cambridge programme the Old Library will be open to the public, with an exhibition of...

25/10/2014

As part of the 2014 Festival of Ideas programme the Old Library will be open to the public, with an exhibition of items from the...

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.

Exhibition description:

Household...

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...