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The magic of books

Cambridge is a city with an abundance of libraries celebrating the enduring importance and magic of books. Many of these libraries across Cambridge feature in 2015’s Open Cambridge programme and there are plenty of opportunities to explore and visit them.

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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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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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'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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Remembering those who died and those who survived

4 August 2015

To commemorate the Cambridgeshire soldiers who died in the failed defence of Singapore and as Japanese prisoners of war, during World War II, and those who were freed in September 1945 – exactly 70 years ago – Open Cambridge is hosting a special talk on Friday 11 September.

Leader of the Cambridge City Council, Councillor Lewis Herbert, will present a historical account of the experiences of Cambridgeshire soldiers sent to Singapore in 1942 and the atrocities they suffered, as prison labourers for the Imperial Japanese Army, building the Thailand-Burma ‘Death Railway.’

Open Cambridge 2015 programme now out!

13 July 2015

The Open Cambridge 2015 programme is now out!

For one special weekend in September, Open Cambridge invites the curious and inquisitve to explore this fascinating city. The programme features a wonderful mixture of events ranging from a behind the scenes look at John Lewis Cambridge and the Cambridge boathouses, to an impressive range of talks and exhibitions of the letters of Sir Winston Churchill and art from the Royal Academy.

Churchill’s colourful traits revealed

8 July 2015

To mark the 50th anniversary since Sir Winston Churchill’s death and 70 years since the end of World War II, the University of Cambridge is hosting a special dinner event at Churchill College, the National and Commonwealth Memorial to Winston Churchill, on Friday 11 September as part of the Open Cambridge weekend.


Open Cambridge 2015
11-13 September

Bookings open
10am Monday 17 August 

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