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The Rivonia Trial Talk - Monday 13 March 2017

We are delighted that Nelson Mandela’s defence attorney at the 63-64 Rivonia Trial, Lord Joel Joffe, will be giving a talk on the trial that changed South Africa where Mandela was convicted and given a life sentence.

‘The Rivonia Trial, transformed into a trial of the Apartheid Government by Mandela and his co-accused who were on trial for their lives’.

The talk is free to attend at Magdalene College, Sir Humphrey Cripps Auditorium, Cripps Court. All are welcome, booking in advance is essential.

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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