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Interview with a Fellow: Illustrating History

Professor Charles Melville has been a Fellow at Pembroke since 1985, and is currently Professor of Persian history. In a two-part series he discusses his work with illustrated manuscripts, in which he explores the ways that history is written, visualised, and transmitted through time. The illustration of Persian manuscripts is the subject of the Shahnama Project, a comprehensive collection of the manuscripts of the Shahnama, the Persian epic ‘Book of…

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Spooky stories

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time for some spooky stories… 1. Abbey House Tucked behind Newmarket Road in Cambridge sits what is purported to be ‘the most haunted…

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Releasing nervous energy

The William Pitt Seminar is one of Pembroke's flagship events. Every year, students, staff, fellows, alumni, friends and other guests come together for a lecture, discussion and dinner in order to think together about a topical issue. This year the subject was energy. Four panelists presented their views on the subject, summarised here in a gallery showing their most pertinent quotes. (Photo credit: Nigel Luckhurst) Within their talks, the various speakers presented a range of surprising facts and figures about energy consumption: The conclusion? 'Let's have a good crisis.' If you would like more information about this event, see our news article. Further events reports and video clips…

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The house that Izhan & Roberta built

There probably aren’t many students that spend their holidays building flat-pack houses in deprived Brazilian favelas. Yet that’s just what Izhan Khan (Engineering, 2012) and Roberta Wilkinson (Natural Sciences, 2013)…

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Inspecting the glass ceiling

‘I’m living proof that Cambridge can be different,’ says Pembroke PhD candidate Monica Wirz. ‘I am much older than most graduate students. I’ve already had a successful career. I’m about…

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Staff views of freshers’ week

The boxes have been unpacked, freshers’ flu has arrived and lectures have begun: freshers’ week is well and truly over. Inspired by The Guardian, we asked two of our staff…

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