‘This doomsday’: the Trevelyans in the First World War

On 27 October, 1918, Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson wrote a postcard to his friend, Robert Trevelyan, the poet, playwright, and classicist, wishing that the war could be resolved as easily as their latest postal game of chess; instead, it still seemed to ‘hang on a razor’s edge’. Trevelyan, whose papers in the Trinity archive are currently …

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Bromide and champagne: a new glimpse of Housman at Trinity

A. E. Housman lived in Trinity College for the last 25 years of his life, following his appointment as Professor of Latin at Cambridge in 1911. A newly discovered collection of 53 hitherto unknown letters to his godson reveals much about life in College between the wars. While a student at Oxford in 1887-81, Housman …

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Wittgenstein’s Letter to the Garden Committee

The papers of the eminent philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein are available via the Wren Digital Library. Outwith this archive, however, is a curious letter he addressed to the Garden Committee of the College in 1934, of incidental interest because of his studied objections to their plans for the Fellows' Garden. The area of land to the …

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

This month sees the release of the film 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' based on the life of the mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920). Parts of the film were shot here at Trinity College. Some of his papers (Add.ms.a.94) are deposited in the College Library and can be consulted online via the Wren Digital Library. Ramanujan …

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Trinity Admissions

At the start of term all freshers sign the Admission Book. This is a requirement set down in the college ordinances (regulations). At the same time students complete matriculation forms for the University. This is the formal process of enrolment. No admission books of any kind survive before 1560 and records of admissions to the …

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