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Hidden Places at Pembroke: the Vestry

There are some places in Pembroke that most of our members and visitors won't usually see. One of these is known best to the Choirs of Pembroke: the Vestry. The vestry is a small room by the Chapel, accessed by the same easily-overlooked door that leads to the organ loft. Here the Choir get ready for services, store their robes, and of course make cups of tea. The vestry has…

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Summer Maintenance at Pembroke

After the excitement of May week and graduation there is a brief lull in activity, but for one department it’s the start of the busiest time of year. Robert Griggs…

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The Pembroke Collections Cataloguer

Lucy McNeill has been with Pembroke for nine months, cataloguing the College's collections and seeking out hidden treasures. In this blog she writes about her work. During the nine months (August 2017-May 2018) that I have had the privilege to be the Pembroke Collections Cataloguer I have amalgamated all existing collections into a single Collections Management System to professional museum standards. Over 1500 object records have been brought together in a unified catalogue which covers, fine art, decorative art, silver, minerals and sporting related items.  To achieve a unified catalogue my first task was to bring together the existing lists of objects.  These existed in various formats; word, excel and access.  From…

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Play Like a Girl

Performing the complete organ works of Bach in 24 hours is already a huge undertaking, but this year Director of Music Anna Lapwood wanted to go a step further. With…

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Meet the Assistant Chaplain

Jennifer Adams-Massmann has joined Pembroke for a term as part-time Assistant Chaplain. She talked to Kit Smart about Chaplaincy duties and helping students de-stress during exam term. Jennifer is an…

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Porters of Pembroke

In a recent article in CAM, the Cambridge Alumni Magazine, a number of Cambridge Porters spilled the beans about their (very varied) jobs. Extract taken from The Lost Key CAM…

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