Events

Queens' Old Library participates throughout the year in the cultural life of Cambridge. The Library opens its doors to the public and offers various activities that allow visitors to discover an extraordinary collection of early printed books housed in one of the oldest libraries in Cambridge.

Public opening hours

 

Queens' Old Library Open Day

 Come and join us for a special day in the Old Library on Saturday 21 April 2018:

- Bookbinding in Tudor Cambridge
Hands-on workshop, 9.30-10.30am & 11.00am-noon
Free - booking essential: **SOLD OUT**

Discover how sixteenth-century bookbindings were made, from the sewing to the decoration (tooling). This workshop highlights the work of local binder Garrett Godfrey (c. 1527-33) and offers a display of his finest bindings along with other fascinating Tudor bindings from the Queens' College Old Library's collections. Use a bookbinder's roll to understand the technique more fully.

 - 'Not a Day Without a Line: Past lives of Renaissance books in Queens' Library'
Exhibition open to the public, 1.30-4.30pm (15-min curator's talk at 2.00pm & 3.00pm)
Free admission - drop in
(Due to limited space, the number of visitors will be restricted to thirteen at any one time)

 This exhibition features unique discoveries made during the Library's two-year ‘Renaissance Queens’’ cataloguing and digitisation project, that provide fascinating insights into how and why Queens’ books were read in the Renaissance period, and the people who read them. Cryptic signs, messages, and poems (including a mischievous nun/friar poem scrawled onto a magnificent 15th-century bible), prayers, as well as mnemonic diagrams and hand-coloured decorations all record in unique ways the lives of early modern readers and the relationships they formed with the books they used (and misused).

 

 

Past events

 

1-29 March 2018

Monday-Friday
1.30-4.30pm (open late until 7.30pm on Thursday 15 March)

This exhibition features unique discoveries made during the Library's two-year ‘Renaissance Queens’’ cataloguing and digitisation project, that provide fascinating insights into how and why Queens’ books were read in the Renaissance period, and the people who read them. Cryptic signs, messages, and poems (including a mischievous nun/friar poem scrawled onto a magnificent 15th-century bible), prayers, as well as mnemonic diagrams and hand-coloured decorations all record in unique ways the lives of early modern readers and the relationships they formed with the books they used (and misused).

Curator's talks will take place every Wednesday at 1.30pm.

Entrance via the Visitors' Gate on Queens' Lane and the War Memorial Library (please knock on the door).

The library is situated on the first floor of an historic building. Regrettably, due to the age of the building, there is no lift access to the library.

Poster available here.

 

  

 

 

 Cambridge Festival of Ideas
 16-29 October 2017
 Programme:
- Exhibition 'Books and Power in Tudor England: The Renaissance Library of Sir Thomas Smith'
  Mon-Fri, 1.30-4.30pm
- Workshops 'Bookbinding in Tudor Cambridge' (SOLD OUT)
  Sat 28 Oct, 9.30-10.30am & 11am-noon
- Talks 'Reading Books in 16th century Cambridge' (SOLD OUT)
  Sat 28 Oct, 2-4pm (access to the Thomas Smith exhibition after the talks)

  Free - Booking is required (except for exhibition) via the Cambridge Festival of Ideas website.

 

 

 

 

 

 9 October - 3 November 2017
 Monday-Friday
 1.30pm to 4.30pm
 (open late until 7pm on Thu 2 Nov)

 15-min curator's talk every Wednesday at 1.30pm

 Entrance via the Visitors' Gate on Queens' Lane and the War Memorial Library (please knock on the door).
 The library is situated on the first floor of an historic building. Regrettably, due to the age of the building, there is no lift access to the library.

 Poster available here.

 

 

 

 

To have a look at more of our past events, please visit: queensoldlibrary.org/events