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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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Recent Posts

Joe Tomas (right) with Ben Harrison (2012) sharing their experiences of living in N$b

Five minutes with Joe Thomas

When actor Joe Thomas (2003) came back to Cambridge for an interview with CAM Magazine, we spent five minutes catching up about his time at Pembroke. On my first night at…

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A day in the life: History

Joe Spencer (2012) describes 'a fairly standard day for a third year historian'. 8am First alarm goes off. 8.10am Second alarm goes off. 8.20am Third alarm goes off. 9.10am Oh dear! I rush to and from the shower, mercifully free as all the science students in my house have already gone to lectures. Shave, get dressed, fling books into bag. 9.30am I walk from my house on Fitzwilliam Street to College for breakfast. This takes 5 minutes, 3 when I’m in a rush and there aren’t too many tourists clogging up the pavement. 9.35am Breakfast is two rashers of bacon, a fried tomato, some scrambled eggs, and a black coffee. I’m…

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Cuckoo’s calling

A nine-year-old boy writes excitedly in his diary: ‘Cuckoo calling, first of the summer!’ Today, decades later, he still feels the same thrill when he hears that distinctive ‘wandering voice’.…

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Going once, going twice…

Taylor McCall (2013) reports on the Pembroke College Charity Auction, which raised money for the local charity CamFed. Members of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge joined together on…

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Classics then and now

Past and present come together as PhD student Anna Judson (2007) talks about Classics at Pembroke. John Edwin Clapham Jukes matriculated in 1898 as a Foundation Scholar reading Classics; a…

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