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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 reading room. Among other things, it also contains many of the College Treasures.  One of these treasures is the Matthew Wren Benefactors’ Book. Kit Smart spoke to Jonathan Nathan, who has been working to transcribe, translate and understand the book.  It…

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Pembroke & the Cambridge Union

This year the Cambridge Union celebrates its 200th birthday. In this series of three blog posts we explore Pembroke’s long-standing connection to the famous debating society. From its humble beginnings…

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A day in the life: Dr Anna Young

Ever wanted to read a Fellow's diary? Dr Anna Young, Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow at Pembroke College, works in the Department of Engineering. Here she shares a day in her life: Wednesday 5th March 2015 6.30am I am woken by a combination of my alarm clock (Emmet from the Lego Movie) and the Today programme. An hour or so later, I’m up and ready to cycle to West Cambridge. 8.00am Arrive at the lab. Last week was spent testing a model tidal turbine at a facility in France, so my main task at the moment is processing the data from that and preparing for the next test in a few weeks’ time. Today my…

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Pulling out all the stops

Richard Parkinson (Engineering, 2013) talks about life as an organ scholar at Pembroke. What does it mean to be an organ scholar? The most obvious bit is playing the organ,…

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Medieval musical manuscripts

The Easter vacation offers the perfect opportunity for Pembroke students to pop next door and take a stroll around the awe-inspiring galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum. I love doing Cambridge…

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From thesis to bookshop shelf

Toby Matthiesen’s latest book, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism, received its official UK launch at the Cambridge University Press book shop in late February. The book is based…

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