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Art and the Self: “I am my own Muse”

We’ve talked about women in Science, but what about women in Art? PhD student Nicole Maniero (2017) curated a mini exhibition of artists’ self-portraits for International Women’s Day. “I am my own Muse”. Frida Kahlo’s famous quote inspired Nicole to explore the complex relationship between artists and their identities and bodies, and the ways we as viewers engage with self-portraits.  A literature student researching representation of objects in Italian stories,…

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Photo credit: Nigel Luckhurst

Life, art and books

Our library staff are making the most of the Christmas vacation as an opportunity to work on the stock in our beautiful Rosenthal Art Library. But do you know how…

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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 house in Europe’. Abbey House was built on the site of a dissolved Augustinian priory. In the late nineteenth century the building was let out to families and, from 1904 to 1910, it was the home of a Pembroke fellow named J C Lawson. Lawson and his wife were awoken on their first night in the house by the sound of loud banging at midnight, for which they never found an explanation. Three years later his family began to see…

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Hidden art

In July 2014, two remarkable discoveries were made at Cambridge colleges. At Newnham, librarians found a secret stash of chocolate bars in a hollowed-out book. At Trinity, builders discovered newspaper…

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Euro Vision

Economics student Jonathan Hazell (2012) has won the 2014 Brian Riley Declamation Prize. The prize was awarded after Jonathan impressed the judges at the annual event on Tuesday 18th November. Below is his…

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Five tall tales

There are lots of stories told about Pembroke, but don’t believe everything you hear. Over the summer, the College is visited by a large number of tourist groups exploring the…

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