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The Year That Made Antarctica

The Year That Made Antarctica

Over dinner in the spring of 1950 a party of scientists produced an ambitious proposal for a global year of science: the International Geophysical Year was born. With a heavy emphasis on Antarctica, thousands of people from dozens of countries came together to learn about our planet.

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Curious objects

Thu 3 November 2016 - Tue 21 March

Cambridge University Library

Why does Cambridge University Library have a pair of Indian slippers in its collections? How were psychic thumbprints made? Why was Charles Darwin sent beard hair in the post?

Amongst the Library’s extraordinary collection of around eight million printed books, manuscripts and digital holdings are some unusual and unexpected items. From an ostrich feather and ectoplasm to an old boot and a boomerang, the curious objects in the second public exhibition of our 600th anniversary year come from all corners of the world and span every era of human history from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Shabby and beautiful, quirky and controversial, all the objects on display provoke our curiosity and prompt questions about the nature of the Library—past, present and future.

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Timing

9:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday every week from Thursday 3 November 2016 until Tuesday 21 March

9:00am-4:30pm Saturday every week from Thursday 3 November 2016 until Tuesday 21 March

All times

Thu 3 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 4 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 5 November 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 7 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 8 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 9 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 10 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 11 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 12 November 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 14 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 15 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 16 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 17 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 18 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 19 November 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 21 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 22 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 23 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 24 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 25 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 26 November 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 28 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 29 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 30 November 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 1 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 2 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 3 December 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 5 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 6 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 7 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 8 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 9 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 10 December 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 12 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 13 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 14 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 15 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 16 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 17 December 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 19 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 20 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 21 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 22 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 23 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 24 December 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 26 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 27 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 28 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 29 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 30 December 2016 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 31 December 2016 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 2 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 3 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 4 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 5 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 6 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 7 January 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 9 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 10 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 11 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 12 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 13 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 14 January 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 16 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 17 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 18 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 19 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 20 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 21 January 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 23 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 24 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 25 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 26 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 27 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 28 January 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 30 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 31 January 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 1 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 2 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 3 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 4 February 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 6 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 7 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 8 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 9 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 10 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 11 February 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 13 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 14 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 15 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 16 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 17 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 18 February 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 20 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 21 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 22 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 23 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 24 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 25 February 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 27 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 28 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 1 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 2 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 3 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 4 March 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 6 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 7 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 8 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 9 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 10 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 11 March 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 13 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 14 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wed 15 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thu 16 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Fri 17 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sat 18 March 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Mon 20 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tue 21 March 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Venue

Address: Cambridge University Library
Milstein Exhibition Centre
West Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 9DR
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Email: exhibitions@lib.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 01223 333055
Fax: 01223 333160
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