On Tuesday the 19th of January, the Parker Library was the surprise guest star in an upcoming short film from the University development office which will feature notable Corpus Old Member, actor Hugh Bonneville, perhaps best known for his work in Downton Abbey. A few lucky Cambridge students were also involved. Filming took place in other College locations as well, including Bonneville’s old room from his undergraduate days at Corpus.
Despite Bonneville’s experience playing Lord Grantham, the only upstairs/downstairs drama of the day was based on the frigid temperatures upstairs in the Parker Library Wilkins Room, where the filming was taking place. While we were pleased to provide an atmospheric backdrop to the film, the chilliness was perhaps a too authentic touch to the 19th century space.