Old Library Summer Exhibitions
We regret to inform you that all Alumni events and Reunions have been cancelled until the end of the academic term.
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Magdalene Old Library will be opening its doors to the public over the summer on the First Thursday of each month from 11am to 1pm.
Distinct from the Pepys Library, the Old Library has housed the historic books of the College in First Court since the fifteenth century, in what was the medieval Prior's residence.
As well as enjoying the historic, book-lined rooms, Visitors will see displays of items from the College's special collections and archives, which are not normally seen in public.
The Summer Exhibitions Programme
6 June 2019: Manuscript Fragments and Waste
Waste material from discarded manuscripts and books were often used to make new book bindings. This exhibition will display such waste material that is evident in the Old Library's collection.
4 July 2019: Mary Astell's Books
The Library has a collection of books by the 17th century feminist author Mary Astell, which will be displayed alongside books from Astell’s personal library containing her handwritten inscriptions.
1 August 2019: Sir Edwin Lutyens and Magdalene College
A celebration of Sir Edwin Lutyens's 150th anniversary with a look at his beautiful designs for Magdalene College's Benson Court built in 1928.
5th September 2019: Keeping a Diary
A selection of some of the wonderful 19th and 20th diaries held by the Archive and Special Collections offers a glimpse into the private lives of notable figures including AC Benson, Dean Inge and Dorothea Richards.
Visiting the Old Library is free to and all are welcome.
Readers and researchers who wish to consult the collections are asked to contact the Library in advance for an appointment.
Magdalene College, Old Library
Magdalene St, Cambridge CB3 0AG, UK