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The Robert Cripps Gallery, Magdalene College Cambridge. Exhibition: Everest 1921 - A Reconnaissance

The Robert Cripps Gallery

The College opened the new Robert Cripps Gallery at Magdalene College in November 2021 and is delighted with this new gallery space for visiting exhibitions and for occasionally displaying parts of the College art collection to the wider community.

The Gallery has been named in honour of Mr Robert Cripps AM, a passionate art collector, generous supporter and Honorary Fellow of the College since 2005. The Robert Cripps Gallery forms a key part of the award-winning New Library, a purpose-built space for Magdalene students and staff to meet, work, relax and find inspiration.

Current Exhibition

Will Carter: Man of Letters

Will Carter Mann of Letters24 October - 14 December  2022

Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Will Carter OBE (1977), was a master craftsman - printer, typographer, calligrapher, carver of wood and slate - for whom good design was “a matter of seeing the simplest way of doing something, which is usually the best”.

The Exhibition shows examples of Carter’s skill as a printer, typographer and font designer; hand-cut letters rendered in stone and wood; book jacket designer; and the well-worn tools he used to create signs, plaques and more personal artefacts.

Exhibition Opening Hours 

24 October - 14 December  2022

Monday to Thursday. Closed on Friday.

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (last entry 11:30 AM)
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (last entry 3:30 PM).

To arrange access to the Exhibition please call at the Porters’ Lodge, Magdalene College, Magdalene Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AG.

Information for visitors

  • Entrance will be to the Gallery only.
  • Visitors are requested to call in at The Porters' Lodge in First Court before visiting The Gallery.
  • Visitors are requested not to enter other parts of the New Library or Magdalene College.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Cross-Connections: Paintings by Ruth Rix

1 February - 28 March 2023

A selection of Ruth Rix’s more recent work from sixty years of painting, shown alongside prints by her mother Helga Michie, a Kindertransport refugee from Vienna. Whilst the artists’ career trajectories were very different, the works shown here together illustrate powerful resonances which throw light on each artist’s work.

Ruth Rix: House, House, 2016


Past Exhibitions

From Southwold to Alice Springs

From Southwold to Alice Springs: Selected works from the Collection of Robert Cripps, showcased a small snapshot of the paintings, drawings and engravings acquired over many years by a remarkable collector, reflecting both his deep roots in the countryside and coast of East Anglia and his...

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Everest 1921 - A Reconnaissance

Pioneering works in the history of photography! With the kind permission of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), this exhibition showcased a selection of prints of the approaches to Mount Everest, taken in 1921 and reconstructed from newly digitised fragile silver nitrate negatives.

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Fragile Planet - Watercolour Journeys into Wild Places

Fragile Planet was a major exhibition of watercolours by Cornwall’s world-renowned wilderness artist, Tony Foster. Fragile Planet - Watercolour Journeys into Wild Places, highlights the precariousness of the world’s wildernesses and endangered environments, many of which Tony visited and painted...

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