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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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The Resting Place of the Foundress

Following on from their report about the birthplace of Pembroke’s Foundress, Marie de St Pol, Kit Smart and alumnus Barrie Cross (1956) have been investigating the site of her burial…

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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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Roger Bushell and the Great Escape

Today marks the anniversary of a very famous event orchestrated by an alumnus of Pembroke College. Roger Bushell (1929) is a man whose exploits are better known than his name.…

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Chilean Out

What do Pembroke students get up to after they graduate? All sorts of things, as it turns out! Adam Clark (2010) reflects on two years spent teaching English in Chile.…

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