Foundational Document, CCCC01/GF/1

The college's foundational document has been on display since the start of the year as part of the current 'Town and Gown' exhibition, due to run until March. The historic link with St Bene't's church, attested in this document, is this year celebrated anew in the year of St Bene't's millennium. Edward D.G. (Deo Gracias)... Continue Reading →

Curing Thousands of Diseases

One of the great privileges of working in The Parker Library is the opportunity to slowly discover the collections, to spend a few minutes looking at a manuscript whose shelfmark you don't recognise, to talk to readers working on things you've never considered, to share in the excitement of new discoveries, and to learn just... Continue Reading →

Two to One: The Otho-Corpus Gospels

Although we have highlighted the loan of four of the eleven manuscripts that have been on loan to the British Library as part of their spectacular Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War exhibition, and although we will be focusing on a few more items individually as they make their way back to the Cambridge, we thought... Continue Reading →

The Residue of Alchemy in Botany

Plants really don’t move. The majority grow in the same places, look the same, smell the same, and act the same for thousands of years, and this slow evolution is a useful lodestone to help us navigate the shoals of botanical thought, which have changed so dramatically in the past 600 years as to be... Continue Reading →

My experience as an intern at The Parker library; or a brief look into the retained importance of the physicality of manuscripts in an increasingly digital age.

I am a year 12 student at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, who is in the process of writing my Extended Project Qualification on the digitisation, and viewing of medieval manuscripts today. I am also taking A-levels in History, English Literature and History of Art. At the start of this academic year, I was... Continue Reading →

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