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Discovery: 200 years of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

Founded in 1819, the Cambridge Philosophical Society provided an open forum for Cambridge graduates to discuss current scientific ideas and present new research. This exhibition shows us how the activity of the Cambridge Philosophical Society underpins 200 years of discovery.

Pop-Up Exhibition - Illuminating Cambridge Libraries

Mon 11 February - Sun 17 February

The Heong Gallery

Honouring features that enable the dissemination and preservation of knowledge, photographer Sara Rawlinson captures the aesthetic environment in which books and documents are displayed and preserved. She showcases the tangible materials, genuine textures, and ephemeral light that all work together to create the contemplative spaces in which knowledge circulates and thrives. The ‘Illuminating Cambridge Libraries’ series aims to photograph one library from each of the 31 Colleges of the University of Cambridge. This exhibition shows images from 25 Colleges.

The exhibition will also feature several historic lecterns designed in the late 17th century by Christopher Wren, on loan from (and with thanks to) the Wren Library at Trinity College. The Private View will include readings by Cambridge-based poet Michael Brown of poetry that he wrote within the library at Pembroke College. The poetry and the lecterns are both designed to further the experience as the viewer enjoys, ponders, meditates on the fabric of libraries.

Rawlinson grew up in her grandma’s darkroom in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After a short stint in academic science, she now runs a full-time ne art photography studio from her home in Cambridge, UK. The complete ‘Illuminating Cambridge Libraries’ series thus far includes nearly 1500 photographs from 25 libraries. Her other concurrent ne art photography series is a visual meditation on searching for serenity within the hidden delights of King’s College Chapel. She recently had three images shortlisted for Historic Photographer of the Year 2018.

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Enquiries: Sara Rawlinson Website Email: photo@sararawlinson.co.uk Telephone: 01223334800


10:30am-6:00pm daily from Monday 11 February until Sunday 17 February

All times

Mon 11 February 10:30AM - 6:00PM
Tue 12 February 10:30AM - 6:00PM
Wed 13 February 10:30AM - 6:00PM
Thu 14 February 10:30AM - 6:00PM
Fri 15 February 10:30AM - 6:00PM
Sat 16 February 10:30AM - 6:00PM
Sun 17 February 10:30AM - 6:00PM


Address: The Heong Gallery
Downing College
United Kingdom