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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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Pembroke Festival of Voice

Pembroke’s inaugural Festival of Voice brought international artists to Pembroke for four days of music. Pembroke has a strong connection to Lieder music through our College Musician, Joseph Middleton.  Joseph…

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Green Week: Sustainability, the National Trust, and Beauty with Dame Fiona Reynolds

The keynote speaker of the Green Week timetable – which also involved sunflowers, Nick Firman’s garden tour, and a green formal – has a very green CV. Dame Fiona Reynolds is the former director of the National Trust and was Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and Secretary to the Council for National Parks. She was appointed CBE for her contribution to the environment in 1998. From her student days she has been campaigning for national parks and the countryside. Currently the Master of Emmanuel College, her talk was full of passion about the countryside and its people. The Green Week team…

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Heritage and Identity: LGBT+ History Month 2018

This year’s LGBT+ History Month inspired an impressive range of events throughout Cambridge. In Pembroke, Cam Queer History presented two events in collaboration with our Graduate Parlour President. Both talks encouraged…

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Meet the Athletes: Lent Bumps 2018

Once again we find ourselves at that point in term when College boat clubs battle it out for head of the river in the annual Lent Bumps. Kit Smart caught…

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Matthew Wren’s Benefactors Book

As of last week, the Matthew Wren Benefactors’ Book has been added to the Cambridge Digital Library. As many people will know, the library is so much more than a…

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