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Friends of the Pepys Inaugural Lecture - 
Pepys and Bibliomania

3rd December, 5pm

The friends of the Pepys library and historic collections inaugural lecture will be given by Professor James Raven, Professor of Modern History, University of Essex, and Senior Research Fellow at Magdalene, on the theme of Pepys and Bibliomania. The Pepys Library will be open to visitors from 2.00-4.45pm before the lecture begins.

The lecture is open to all and pre-booking tickets is recommended. Further information including and how to book can be seen on the Friends of the Pepys Inaugural Lecture event web page.

Events for Potential Applicants

Magdalene is keen to encourage young people with the academic potential to succeed at Cambridge to apply here, regardless of their background. With this in mind, we run events throughout the year.

The main college Open Days for all subjects in 2016 took place on 29 June, 30 June and 1 July (30 June and 1 July were also university-wide Open Days). The programme for these days can be viewed here. Next year, the main open days will be 5, 6, and 7 July 2017. Again, these will coincide with the university-wide Open Days.

In the meantime, there will be other events, some subject-specific, throughout the 2016-17 academic year and details about those will appear here in due course.

Pepys Library

The Pepys Library is unique: a magnificent collection of 3,000 books and manuscripts put together by Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) and bequeathed at his death to Magdalene College, where he had been a student.  The volumes, still preserved in the original glazed bookcases or ‘presses’ which were designed in 1666 by Pepys himself, provide a world-famous resource for scholars and researchers.  Samuel Pepys’s brilliantly witty, observant and illuminating Diary is among the treasures of his Library. 

Housed in the elegant and iconic Pepys Building, the Library welcomes visitors during the Public Opening Hours.

Information for Visitors and Researchers

Opening Hours

Kipling Manuscript Published

Visit Us

The College and Pepys Building is open all year to visitors excluding April to June. Access times to The Pepys library can be found here

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