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Hidden Places at Pembroke: the Vestry

There are some places in Pembroke that most of our members and visitors won't usually see. One of these is known best to the Choirs of Pembroke: the Vestry. The vestry is a small room by the Chapel, accessed by the same easily-overlooked door that leads to the organ loft. Here the Choir get ready for services, store their robes, and of course make cups of tea. The vestry has…

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A day in the life: students in Kenya

Our ‘day in the life’ feature goes global as Katy Duff (2014) talks about a day volunteering with Maji Mazuri, a social development charity in Nairobi. She has spent a month of her…

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Primrose Hill comes to Pembroke

Sir Richard Dearlove recently finished his term as Pembroke's Master, and on his departure he and Lady Dearlove left a number of gifts to the College. One of these was a sketch by the German-born artist Frank Auerbach. The Telegraph has called Auerbach 'one of our greatest living painters' and The Guardian declared him 'a painter's painter of horrors and joy'. The sketch shows a view of Primrose Hill in London. In an accompanying letter, Auerbach says: 'I first worked from drawings on this subject in 1960–61 and returned to the subject ... in 1971. I am almost certain it is to the 1971 painting that the drawing refers.' Image (clockwise from top left): Paintings…

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More than beans on toast

The food at Pembroke is so good that rumours have long circulated about a Michelin-starred chef hiding in the kitchens. But what really goes on? Our College Recorder investigates. When…

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Goodbye to our Trainee Librarian

On Friday we said goodbye to Peter Czosnyka, our Graduate Trainee Librarian. In this farewell blog post he describes his year, his plans and his daily routine. You can compare it…

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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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