The Wren Library
at Trinity College

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Ely Cathedral

Punting on the Cam

12a. Wren Library courtesy Trinity Colle


College Libraries   16-18 August 

To round off each day of lectures the Executive Committee have arranged privileged access to three remarkable libraries where items of particular interest will be exhibited. We are most grateful to the librarians of the Wren Library at Trinity College, of the Gonville & Caius College Library and Archive    (located  in the former University Library building), and of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College, for making this possible. Delegates and their partners will be asked to indicate their preferences for these visits on registration, and will be able to collect their tickets on the afternoon of the day in question.


College Walking Tours  Friday 19th August

Members of the Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society with be guiding delegates and their partners to see the architectural highlights of the University in two circuits: Circuit A: Peterhouse, Queens’ College, King’s College; Circuit B: Senate House, Gonville & Caius College, Trinity College, St John’s College.  Delegates and their partners will be asked to indicate their first choice of tour.  We have arranged access to the above colleges (but not to the Senate House) for individual access on this day for delegates and their partners who prefer to guide themselves. They can also visit Magdalene College, Sidney Sussex College and Jesus College.  The numerous Cambridge Museums and attractions listed below can also be visited free of charge.  

Half Day Visit to Ely Cathedral   Friday 19th August 

Departing from Clare College Memorial Court to  see  the glories of  Ely Cathedral which was founded in 673 by St Ethelreda. The existing building are of the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. The group will meet  with  Chloë and Tim Cockerill, the authors of a book on the heraldry of Ely. There will be a visit to the stained glass museum, covering 800 years of stained glass history.  The visit will return via the twin churches of St Mary and St Cyriac at Swaffham Prior, with their ancient ocatagonal towers which can be usefully compared with the octagon at Ely, and via nearby Bottisham  church with its splendid post-Reformation monuments.

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Programme for Accompanying Persons

There are a great many things to see and do in Cambridge, all within walking distance of the Congress. Visits will be arranged to some the following based on demand: 

The Fitzwilliam Museum. This began its life as a collection of fine paintings assembled by the 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam. It contains art and sculpture from the ancient world, with exhibitions of applied arts, furniture, glass, coins and medals from all periods. Open Tues-Sat 10-5 Sunday 12-5.

The Museum of Classical Archaeology Has one of the world’s largest collections of plaster casts of classical statues. Open Mon-Fri 10-5.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Open Tues-Sat 10.30-4.30 Sunday 12-4.30. 

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Established in1728, this museum comprises a huge collection of rocks and fossils, with many dinosaurs. Open Mon-Fri 10-1 and 2-5 Sat 10-4.

The Museum of Zoology Has collections of all living animals, including the skeleton of a Blue Whale. 

Cambridge University Botanic Garden Inhabits a 40 acre site and was opened in 1848. Open daily 10-6, there is a £5 admission charge.

The Polar Museum Contains a collection of polar and Inuit art. Tues-Sat 10-4.

The Cambridge and County Folk Museum Records the daily life of a community over many centuries, its customs and ceremonies.

Punting on the river Cam.

The many fine city centre churches include: Holy Sepulchre, a twelfth-century church built by the Knights Templar, St Mary the Great ( the University Church), and St Bene’t’s Church ( eleventh-century pre-Norman-Conquest Anglo-Saxon).