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Meet the Head Gardener at Selwyn College

The Open Cambridge team caught up with Paul Gallant to find out what life is like as Head Gardner at Selwyn College, which is part of the Bridge the Gap walk route this year. 

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Meet the Head Porter at Peterhouse

Head Porter, Gerald Meade, has worked for Peterhouse for 18 years. He told us about life at Peterhouse, his favourite place at the College, and the resident ghosts! Peterhouse is one of the Colleges on the Bridge the Gap walk route this year

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Celebrating the history and mysteries of Cambridge Market

Do you know how Petty Cury got its name, or what you could buy from the smearmongers? Have you heard of the Cambridge book-fish, or the Great Market fire of 1849?

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King's College Library and archives open their doors

This year is the quatercentenary of the death of William Shakespeare (1654–1616) and events are being held worldwide to celebrate the life and work of the UK’s most famous poet, playwright and actor, described by Ben Jonson as ‘not of an age, but for all time’. 

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A look back at the history of shops and shopping in Cambridge

Ever wondered what shopping and shops in Cambridge were like a decade or hundreds of years ago? Now you can find out during a fascinating Museum of Cambridge exhibition, Capturing Cambridge Consumers, tracing the history and experiences of shopping and shops in Cambridge over the last 400 years. Featuring a collection...

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Bookings launch for Open Cambridge Heritage Festival

Bookings opened on Monday 15 August for the city’s hugely popular heritage weekend, Open Cambridge, which runs from 9-11 September. Now in its ninth year, the annual city-wide festival, co-ordinated by the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team, showcases a range of hidden architectural gems and stunning spaces...

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Open Cambridge weekend a major success

The annual three-day celebration of heritage, history and architecture in Cambridge ended on a high in the city centre on Sunday at the Bridge the Gap charity walk on Parker’s Piece.

This year’s Open Cambridge was an overwhelming success with over 12,000 people attending a range of talks, walks, tours and...

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The Cambridge boathouses

’99 Rowing Club Captain, Keith Garrett, told Open Cambridge a little about the history of rowing in Cambridge and what visitors can expect from the drop-in event, The Cambridge Boathouses, on Saturday 12 September.

OC: What does your role entail with the rowing club?

KG: Keeping everything...

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Hear ye, hear ye… introducing the Cambridge Sergeant-at-Mace and City Crier

The following is a fascinating insight into the traditions and role of the Cambridge City Sergeant-at-Mace and City Crier, Chris Cracknell.

As part of the Open Cambridge weekend, Chris will be giving a talk, ‘The City charters and insignia’, on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September between 11am – 12noon.


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Above and below: the Polar Regions in fiction

Sited within a department of the University of Cambridge, the Scott Polar Research Institute Library is a resource of national and international importance consulted by governments, industry, scientists and scholars.

We found out from Librarian, Martin French, what it’s like to work there and about his Open...

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