Exhibitions

Each year, our Library staff curate at least two exhibitions based on our historic holdings, enabling visitors to explore some of our treasures in an awe-inspiring setting. We also have online exhibitions relating to several of our past exhibitions, including Charles Darwin, John Milton, and the Treasures of the Old Library. Take a look!

Here be Dragons! Mapping Lands Near & Far
Advertising poster for the exhibition titled "Here be Dragons! Mapping Lands Near and Far"

Our next exhibition is open to the public from 20 June 2019 - follow us on social media for regular updates!

Generally, the exhibition will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm-4pm, although due to building work in College at present we may have to close the exhibition at short notice. Please email library@christs.cam.ac.uk if you would like to arrange for a group visit, or want to be sure that we will be open when you wish to visit.

The exhibition showcases some of the many diverse maps and plans from our collections. What began as a curious look into cupboards has transformed into a journey through the history of cartography, ranging from the importance of navigation to the inherent bias of map-makers, and looking at the power maps have to fuel authors’ imaginations. You’ll see works from the great masters of cartography, Mercator and Ortelius, wonder at a Roman road-map, and even take a peep at the streets of Cambridge as they existed 400 years ago. There’s also an activity sheet for younger visitors, so bring the kids! We look forward to seeing you -- and who knows, you might even spot a few dragons along the way...