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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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Kate Beales: ‘I remember…’

Kate Beales (1984) was among the first group of women students to arrive at Pembroke. Since graduating she has worked as a theatre director, facilitator, coach and mediator. I absolutely…

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Bookworms

The ‘NADFAS ladies’ are just one example of the work that goes on behind the scenes at Pembroke. Jane, Mavis and Rosemary are all volunteers with the Cambridge branch of NADFAS – the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies. Although they are non-specialists, they have been trained by a professional conservator in how to look after for the books in our archives. Many of these tomes are centuries old and very fragile. It is essential that they are cleaned, dusted and cared for if they are to last for years to come. Adorned in white aprons, the team enter the stacks underneath the library and load a shelf’s…

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A day in the life: ASNaC

ASNaC is one of the most unusual courses on offer at Pembroke. Standing for Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, it allows students to combine their interests in history, language, literature, art…

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The statistics of Old Norse spelling

Our graduates study a wide variety of subjects. Here, Tam Blaxter (2013) explains his work on Old Norse. What are you studying? The broad area that I work on is…

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Peak performance

Pembroke’s women take to the ski slopes. Back at the start of December, when most of Pembroke’s undergraduates were preparing for the end-of-term Christmas bop, Liz Adams (2013) was delving…

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