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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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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In celebration of Eid al-Fitr

This year, the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of Tuesday 4th June. The festival marks the end of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and reflection. During Ramadan the Holy Qur’ān was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This blog looks at two copies of the Qur’ān along with a book of Sufi …

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Trinity College has lent two manuscripts to a fabulous new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World looks at the imaginative world of the medieval bestiary. A bestiary is a compendium of animals - mythical and real – which usually highlights the religious …

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Wren’s lecterns on tour to exhibition

Trinity College Library has lent some of the rotating lecterns and readers' stools designed by Sir Christopher Wren as part of the furnishing of the Wren Library to a pop-up exhibition at Downing College. Over the last two years Cambridge-based photographer Sara Rawlinson has taken pictures of almost all of the College libraries in Cambridge. …

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Julian Trevelyan and Hurtenham

Trinity College has lent a number of items to an exhibition on the artist and Trinity alumnus, Julian Trevelyan (1910–1988) at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Julian was the son of Robert Trevelyan and Elizabeth des Amorie van der Hoeven. As a young child, Julian created a complex imaginary town which he named Hurtenham, …

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