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Dine at Churchill

Fittingly, as we mark 50 years since Sir Winston Churchill’s death, the Open Cambridge dinner will this year take place at Churchill College.

Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre will give a colourful introduction to some of the character traits of our wartime leader. His inspiration will be drawn from the Churchill Papers, some 3,000 boxes of letters and documents ranging from Churchill’s first childhood letters, via his great war-time speeches, to the writings that earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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'This is where ideas come from'

Open Cambridge are thrilled to be featuring a new exhibition at Wolfson College in their programme this year. ‘Richard Deacon: this is where ideas come from’ is a special exhibition of working models for large sculptures across the world.

Richard Deacon, born in 1949, is a British sculptor known for his abstract work for which he was awarded CBE in 1999. After previously presenting a speech at Wolfson College in Oxford, his artwork is now being put on show for visitors in Wolfson College in Cambridge.

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A Damned Serious Business: Waterloo 1815, the Battle and its Books

"Waterloo is the most famous battle in modern European history, and from the very first moment soldiers and civilians alike wanted to put their experiences and emotions into words." - John Wells

Historical battle plans, letters written from the body-strewn battlefields and books from Napoleon's personal collection are now on display at the University Library. 'A Damned Serious Business: Waterloo 1815, the Battle and its Books' opened in May and has enjoyed huge success in its first month.

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Top talks

This popular feature of the Open Cambridge weekend will return this year with two interesting talks held at the Pitt Building on Saturday 12 September. The details are yet to be released and will be available in July.

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Bridge the Gap launched

27 May 2015

Bridge the Gap 2015 is officially launched and open for registration.

This well-loved walk around the Cambridge colleges is back on Sunday 13 September, beginning from 9.30am at Parker’s Piece.

This year’s route will lead you around Emmanuel, Christ’s, Jesus, St. John’s, King’s, Pembroke and Downing Colleges, exploring some of their most picturesque and intriguing places.


Open Cambridge 2015
11-13 September

Programme available
July 2015

Bookings open
August 2015

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