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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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Day in the life: College Librarian

Pat Aske, Librarian and Bye-Fellow at Pembroke, shares a page from her daily diary. Friday 7th August 2015 There is no such thing as a typical day in the College…

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Day in the life: Schools Liaison Officer

At Pembroke, we have someone who works full time in our admissions team running outreach work with schools. Here Emma shares a day in her life: 7.30am Go downstairs to put the kettle on. Once I have a mocha to sip on then I am ready to start the day! 8.15am Put on some music and walk to work – who doesn't like a bit of cheese to listen to in the morning? 9.00am Arrive at work and turn on my computer to check emails quickly. We have to 30 year 12 students spending the whole day with us today for one of our big visit days, so I need to send an email to the…

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Meet the Development Director

Three question for Matthew Mellor, Pembroke’s Development Director. How would you describe your role? My team is primarily responsible for keeping in touch with our members and also, of course,…

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A day in the life of a bedder

In Tom Sharpe’s (1948) satirical depictions of Cambridge colleges the bedders always play a prominent role, from the buxom Mrs Biggs to the infamous ‘Bedder Test’. However, the role of…

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A day in the life: Porters’ Lodge

Our College Recorder spends a day in the Porters’ Lodge. What is a porter’s most important skill? Ask the team at Pembroke and the answer is unanimous: animal instinct. At…

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