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Bonneville 1On 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.Bonneville 2

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One of the more unusual requests we have had at the Parker Library recently is for the Wilkins Room to be used as the backdrop for a photographic portrait.  Kate Peters and her photography team, Dave and Selina, arrived at Corpus with a vast array of lighting and equipment to capture a portrait of Professor Susan Rankin.  Professor Rankin has worked extensively on manuscripts in the Parker collection, and recently produced a beautiful facsimile of the Winchester Troper (CCCC MS 473). We were flattered and delighted that she chose to use the Parker as the setting for her portrait; part of a new commission celebrating the achievements of four female Fellows from Emmanuel College.  We are very much looking forward to seeing the final result!

Photography in action in the Parker Library

Kate Peters capturing Professor Rankin with the Winchester Troper

An unusal sight in the Library of a whole table set up by the make-up artist

An unusal sight in the Library of a whole table set up by the make-up artist

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The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, reflects on the last 10 years in a television programme next week. The hour-long broadcast, which will go out on New Year’s Day on BBC2 at 5.30pm, looks back over Dr Williams’ tenure as Archbishop; for more details see http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/01/goodbye-to-canterbury.html. Some of the footage for the programme was filmed in the Parker Library, which Dr Williams visited several times while Archbishop.

The Parker Library contains the sixth-century Gospel book (here shown at the illustration marking the beginning of  St Luke’s Gospel which is used in the ceremony for the inauguration of each new Archbishop.

The Right Revd Justin Welby, at present Bishop of Durham, will be sworn in as Archbishop in March 2012.

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We had the pleasure recently of hosting a visit by the historian and presenter  Michael Wood and his team. The Parker Library and its manuscripts, including the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, will be featured in three programmes that the team  are filming for a new BBC series. The trilogy of films, scheduled for broadcast in Autumn 2013 will cover the lives of Anglo-Saxon kings from Alfred through to Aethelstan.

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