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PKP Week 1

The first week of the Pembroke-King's Summer Programme has ended, and student Angie, of Illinois Wesleyan University, tells us about her experiences so far. Every time I enter the historic gates of Pembroke or King's, I am in awe at the beauty and nobility of the campuses. Everywhere I turn in this incredible city, there are captivating ornate buildings housing the same incredible intelligence that fostered some of the most talented…

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Adventures of a Lifetime: L. R. Wager

Lawrence Rickard Wager was a geologist and mountaineer who studied at Pembroke College in the 1920s. He made several geological expeditions to Greenland and participated in an attempt on Everest in 1933, coming within 1000 feet of the summit. Born on 5th February, 1904, Lawrence Wager had an interest in geology from an early age. He grew up near Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire and as a child used to hunt for fossils and minerals in the local lead mines. After the First World War, Wager’s father, who was Headmaster of the secondary school in Hebden Bridge, took his two sons to Trinidad for a year, after which they enrolled at…

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Bookworms and Blunder Traps

In the basement of Pembroke College Library, over 30,000 rare books and manuscripts are stored in the rolling stacks of a low-ceilinged, air-conditioned room. Caring for old manuscripts such as…

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Not So Idle: An Internship in New York

Rhianna Ilube (2012) recently completed a four-month internship at UNICEF in New York, funded by the College’s Idle Scholarship. She took a trip back to Pembroke last week to talk…

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