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Dinner menus written in French, colour-coded entry tickets for Johnians and their female guests, and dance cards featuring the waltz and the tango are on display alongside many more fascinating items at an exhibition in the College Archive Centre that documents more than 100 years of changing attitudes at the St John’s College May Ball.
An anniversary exhibition focusing on the lives of two major writers of the Tudor age – Ben Jonson and Thomas Nashe – reveals a world of slander, political controversy, and dishonourable conduct behind the scenes.
As part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, documents offering a glimpse of how much of the University of Cambridge found itself on the wrong side of the English Civil War are going on public display.As the University that famously educated Oliver Cromwell himself, one might expect Cambridge to have sided firmly with Parliament during the English Civil Wars. This weekend, however, an exhibition will reveal that the truth was often pretty much the reverse.
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 weekend for Open Cambridge.If you think Cambridge students have a heavy workload today, spare a thought for 19th century undergraduate Francis Hutton, who resorted to taking morphine to deal with exam-related stress.
A list detailing the names, ages and prices of slaves
Letters and papers revealing in detail how human beings were priced for sale during the 18th century Transatlantic Slave Trade have been made available to researchers and the public.Letters discussing the value and sale of slaves in the 18th century, which provide a distressing reminder of the powerful business interests that sustained one of the darkest chapters in British history, are to be made available to researchers and the public by St John’s College Library.