Florence Nightingale’s Bicentenary

Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago today while her parents were on a Grand Tour of present-day Italy. Frances and William Nightingale named their two daughters after the cities where they were born: Florence was named after the Tuscan city and her sister was called Parthenope, the Ancient Greek name for Naples. Florence Nightingale’s …

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Godfrey Kneller’s Portrait of Matthew Prior: a Mystery Solved

Until the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closure of museums and art galleries, the exhibition British Baroque: Power and Illusion was showing at Tate Britain in London. Trinity College lent two of the carvings by Grinling Gibbons from the Wren Library to this exhibition. You can read more about all the Wren carvings in an earlier …

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Remembering Ramanujan

Sunday 26th April 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of world-renowned mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was born in the city of Erode, in India in 1887. Ramanujan’s extraordinary aptitude for mathematics led to him gaining and then losing a scholarship to the prestigious Government Arts College in Kumbakonam - he focused so much …

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Shelley Editions in the Crewe Collection

In an earlier blog we discussed the discovery in the Crewe Collection of the page from a hotel visitors’ book where Shelley declared himself an atheist in the fateful summer of 1815 which led to the writing of Frankenstein. This leaf had been tipped into one of the first editions of Shelley’s poems which Richard …

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Bertrand Russell and Trinity

On the fiftieth anniversary of Bertrand Russell's death on 2nd February 1970, we take a look at his life through some of the documents in the Trinity College archive. The philosopher, mathematician and political activist Bertrand Russell began his studies at Trinity College in 1890, as a scholarship student studying for the Mathematical Tripos.  Later …

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