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Downing College: Explore the Archive

Friday 8 September: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Friday 8 September: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Downing College, Maitland Robinson Library, Regent Street, CB2 1DQ

Located inside Quinlan Terry's classically designed Maitland Robinson Library, three new archive exhibitions tell the story of the development of Downing College, from the 1717 will which first raised the possibility of 'Downings Colledge' - and its eventual foundation in 1800 after a financially debilitating legal battle - to the original architectural designs for the new College by William Wilkins, influenced by his own Grand Tour. The main exhibition, '300 Years of Giving' charts the progress and development of the College as a result of major gifts and building appeals, right up to the recent First Court project and Heong Gallery. Read about the history of the gallery building, a former stable block, and visit the gallery itself (open 12-5pm on Friday). The final exhibition, Downing and India, celebrates the UK-India 2017 Year of Culture by exploring the fascinating early history of Indian students at Downing.

Booking Information

No need to book.


Partial access - please call for details, Accessible toilet, Step-free access
Phone: 01223 766766

Additional Information

Age: 14+, Exhibition, Drop in, Free