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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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The butcher, baker & catering manager

Ken Smith has worked at Pembroke since 1976. Here he talks about cooking, cleaning windows and partying with the Beatles. I left school in December 1961. My dad was a baker…

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A day in the life: students in Kenya

Our 'day in the life' feature goes global as Katy Duff (2014) talks about a day volunteering with Maji Mazuri, a social development charity in Nairobi. She has spent a month of her summer vacation working there, with Liam Hammond (2013), Stefan Ulrich (2013), Alison Humphreys (2012), and Sarah Murphy (2012). 8am Wake up after a night spent on mattresses on the floor of one of the rooms in Esther’s house - our lovely, welcoming host Mum. Her house has a TV, two flushing toilets, a gas cooker and a microwave. It would be well below the poverty line in the UK, but in Nairobi is considered highly affluent. Eat a breakfast of chapatti,…

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Day in the life: College Recorder

When she is not experiencing a day in the life of someone else and writing about it here, what does our College Recorder get up to? Here she tells all.…

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Pembroke’s going up

Charlotte Chorley (2012) graduated in June and here she reflects on her three years at the College. 2012 was the year of golden torches, diamond celebrations and yellow jerseys. Tuition…

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More than beans on toast

The food at Pembroke is so good that rumours have long circulated about a Michelin-starred chef hiding in the kitchens. But what really goes on? Our College Recorder investigates. When…

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