Old Library exhibition launch: ‘The Age of Reason, Religion & Ridicule in the Library of the Revd David Hughes (c.1704-77)'

Please join us on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 5.30pm for the launch of Queens’ Library's new public exhibition, ‘The Age of Reason, Religion and Ridicule in the Library of the Revd David Hughes (c.1704-77)’.

Exhibition themes will be explored in a talk to be given by Dr Gareth Atkins (Queens’ Fellow in History) entitled 'Echoes of Enlightenment: the surprising afterlife of the "Age of Reason"', followed by wine and nibbles and a view of the exhibition.

The event will take place in the Munro Room/Old Library in Queens’ College.

All welcome but places are limited – please book a ticket via this link:


 The exhibition will then open to the public on weekdays from 22-30 November 2018, 1.30-4.30pm (open late on Tuesday 27 November until 7.00pm), and during the Cambridge Science Festival, 18-29 March 2019.

The exhibition poster is available here:


Focussing on the science and theology of Isaac Newton and his Cambridge followers, this exhibition traces the path to modernity forged in 18th-century Queens’ through the extensive and little known library of Revd. David Hughes (Queens’ Fellow (1727-77) & Vice President). Assisted by astronomical, religious, and profane imagery in Hughes’s pamphlets and books, the exhibition juxtaposes the big questions of Man, Society and Creation as posed in 18th-century Cambridge with their portrayal in scurrilous satire of the period.

Queens’ Library Team