More Filming in the Library

We had a visit last week from a BBC film crew making a programme for BBC2 entitled 'How God Made the English'. It's written and presented by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch of the University of Oxford. They came to the Parker Library to look at CCCC MS 173, the Parker Chronicle, though for once the focus... Continue Reading →

Parker Library on TV

One of the programmes that was filmed in the library earlier this year was on BBC4 this week. It's still available on the BBC iPlayer. The programme's called Guilty Pleasures, part of the BBC4 season on luxury, and the second episode, on the Middle Ages, focused on 'the clash between luxury and Christianity'. How did... Continue Reading →

Filming in the library

The Parker Library has played host to several film crews so far this year. The most recent of them didn't come to see one of our visually impressive manuscripts like the Bury Bible or Matthew Paris' Chronica maiora; instead they came to film a small, rather unprepossessing Old English volume, MS 383. The crew were... Continue Reading →

Western Illuminated Manuscripts Launch

Last week the Parker Library hosted the launch party for Western Illuminated Manuscripts: A Catalogue of the Collection in Cambridge University Library since one of the two editors, Dr Patrick Zutshi, is a Fellow of Corpus Christi. The catalogue is an impressive work of scholarship, 14 years in the making. It contains entries for 472... Continue Reading →

ASNC Manuscript Training at the Parker Library

Guest post by Dr Denis Casey, who worked on the Parker on the Web project. It is unsurprising that the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic has a long and proud association with the Parker Library and visits to the library are often among the most memorable moments in students’ entire undergraduate and graduate careers. ... Continue Reading →

Royal Visits to the Library

We're just recovering from not one but two royal visits to the library last week. On Monday afternoon Prince Charles stopped in during his visit to Cambridge. He was very interested in the cases of manuscripts owned by kings and princes, in particular the two manuscripts we have that were part of the 'Old Royal'... Continue Reading →

Queenborough Feast

The evening of Friday 5th February saw the annual Queenborough Feast, which is held on the Sunday after Candlemas.  This is a dinner endowed by Almeric Page, First Baron Queenborough, sometime Fellow of the College.  Lord Queenborough, who died in 1949, was a notable benefactor, supporting a lectureship in political theory or economics, and donating... Continue Reading →

Helen visits for a week

Helen Murphy, Assistant Librarian at Trinity Hall, joined us for a week at the beginning of January.  She was keen to get more experience in a rare books library - unfortunately for her it was very quiet, and just about reader-free, all week.  This was great for us as she got to help us with... Continue Reading →

Looking at bindings…

I had a chance this week to look at and talk about bindings in the  company of Jo, a trainee conservator. Jo is studying for the MA in Conservation Studies at the renowned West Dean College in Sussex and she's currently on placement at the Cambridge Colleges' Conservation Consortium. She came over to the library... Continue Reading →

Alumni Weekend

Bracing ourselves for many visitors after Dr de Hamel's lecture to Cambridge alumni this afternoon.  Cambridge is under siege this weekend, with thousands of alumni revisiting.  A three day programme is planned for them, including tours, lectures, displays and dinners. Tomorrow there's a dinner in college for our own alumni and both Parker and Taylor... Continue Reading →

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