College news

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.
Library books on shelf
A new fundraising scheme whereby Johnians “sponsor a shelf” in the College Library has raised over £40,000 to buy books for current St John’s students.A recent fundraising scheme set up by the College Library has successfully raised over £40,000 to buy new textbooks for current St John’s students.
Vacation loans for the Summer holiday are now in effect. Up to eight items may be borrowed. All items must be returned by Friday 9th October.
Paul Everest has been announced as the winner of ‘Poetry in the Archives’, a poetry competition open to staff and students.
The Library will be staffed as per normal Term time hours (9am-7pm) on the Bank Holiday Monday.