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CHARLES MELVILLE

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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Medieval musical manuscripts

The Easter vacation offers the perfect opportunity for Pembroke students to pop next door and take a stroll around the awe-inspiring galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum. I love doing Cambridge…

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Five minutes with Joe Thomas

When actor Joe Thomas (2003) came back to Cambridge for an interview with CAM Magazine, we spent five minutes catching up about his time at Pembroke. On my first night at Pembroke I met Johnny Sweet (2003). I already knew I wanted to get involved in comedy and I just thought, ‘This guy is really funny, so if I can rope him into doing something with me…’ We started performing together and that was very important for me. Once you’ve said to someone else that you’ll do something stupid you’re much more likely to go through with it. I’m actually pretty sensible when I’m on my own. I remember being involved…

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A day in the life: Dr Anna Young

Ever wanted to read a Fellow’s diary? Dr Anna Young, Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow at Pembroke College, works in the Department of Engineering. Here she shares a day in her life: Wednesday…

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From thesis to bookshop shelf

Toby Matthiesen’s latest book, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism, received its official UK launch at the Cambridge University Press book shop in late February. The book is based…

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Cuckoo’s calling

A nine-year-old boy writes excitedly in his diary: ‘Cuckoo calling, first of the summer!’ Today, decades later, he still feels the same thrill when he hears that distinctive ‘wandering voice’.…

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