This exhibition ran from 18th November 2021 to 10th March 2022.

It looked at the rich history of poetry about Cambridge, by focusing on poems and poets concerned with the places of the city. From Geoffrey Chaucer to the lesser-known Mary Davys, Sylvia Plath to William Wordsworth, poets both inside and outside the University have been moved to write about different areas of Cambridge. As well as transporting readers as far as Grantchester and Trumpington, these poems also help us shed new light on central locations, such as the Mill Pond and Market Hill.

The exhibition contained activities for children, and was accompanied by a self-guided walking tour, so you can visit the sites found in each poem. The exhibition guide also showcased the places that have inspired students, residents and visitors to Cambridge to celebrate the city in verse.

To celebrate the Old Library exhibition, Dr Di Beddow shed more light on the Cambridge that Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes knew, on our Library blog.

Click on the link below to watch our online exhibition.