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Cambridge Festival 2024

The Cambridge Festival returns for 2024.

Mon 27 November 2023 12:00AM

Participate in behavioural research at Cambridge Judge Business School

Become a member of our participant pool, support academic research and get paid for it (£10/hour). There is no need to be a student or affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Shutter Hub Open 23/24 photography exhibition

An exhibition by over 130 international photographers organised by Shutter Hub.

9:00AM - 6:30PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History

Savage, grotesque, hilarious: explore Spitting Image, the puppet show that became an icon of 20th century television, with Cambridge University Library's current exhibition.

10:00AM - 12:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

10:00AM - 4:00PM

CLASSROOM COURSE Hand sewing techniques: Christmas tree sampler card

Try something new with this perfect sized beginners' project

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

2:00PM - 4:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

6:00PM - 7:30PM

Highlight St Catharine's Political Economy Seminar - ‘Careworn: Towards an economic history of caring work’ - Professor Jane Humphries

Date: Monday, 27 November 2023 Time: 18:00 -19:30 Speaker: Professor Jane Humphries Talk Title: ‘Careworn: Towards an economic history of caring work’ Location: Ramsden Room, St Catharine's College

Tue 28 November 2023 12:00AM

Participate in behavioural research at Cambridge Judge Business School

Become a member of our participant pool, support academic research and get paid for it (£10/hour). There is no need to be a student or affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Shutter Hub Open 23/24 photography exhibition

An exhibition by over 130 international photographers organised by Shutter Hub.

9:00AM - 6:30PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History

Savage, grotesque, hilarious: explore Spitting Image, the puppet show that became an icon of 20th century television, with Cambridge University Library's current exhibition.

10:00AM - 12:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Which stories get remembered, and why? This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Real Families: Stories of Change

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, 'Real Families: Stories of Change' asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Cambridge Colleges: A Walking Tour

A walking tour that takes an in-depth look at unusual aspects of several of the city centre colleges and, depending on public access on the day, will include a visit to one in order to really discover just what goes on!

2:00PM - 4:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

5:00PM - 7:00PM

Feminist Art History in 1944? Re-introducing Helen Rosenau’s brilliant war-time study

Feminist Art History in 1944? Re-introducing Helen Rosenau’s brilliant war-time study: Woman in Art: From Type to Personality

6:45PM - 7:45PM

Re-energising the climate conversation: UN Climate Champion Nigel Topping at King's College Chapel

UN Climate Champion,Nigel Topping, share his outlook for renewable energy, climate change, COP28 and the ‘greening’ of our buildings new and old

Wed 29 November 2023 12:00AM

Participate in behavioural research at Cambridge Judge Business School

Become a member of our participant pool, support academic research and get paid for it (£10/hour). There is no need to be a student or affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Shutter Hub Open 23/24 photography exhibition

An exhibition by over 130 international photographers organised by Shutter Hub.

9:00AM - 6:30PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History

Savage, grotesque, hilarious: explore Spitting Image, the puppet show that became an icon of 20th century television, with Cambridge University Library's current exhibition.

10:00AM - 12:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Which stories get remembered, and why? This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Real Families: Stories of Change

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, 'Real Families: Stories of Change' asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

1:00PM - 4:30PM

THIS Space 2023

THIS Space 2023 will bring together people interested in improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Organised by The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, THIS Space aims to share learning on what works in healthcare improvement, what doesn’t, and why. Over 30 speakers will cover topics from improving environmental sustainability to communicating diagnosis uncertainty.

1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Cambridge Colleges: A Walking Tour

A walking tour that takes an in-depth look at unusual aspects of several of the city centre colleges and, depending on public access on the day, will include a visit to one in order to really discover just what goes on!

2:00PM - 4:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

7:00PM - 8:00PM

Winter Wildlife Livestream from the Museum

Join us as we broadcast LIVE from the Museum on everything winter wildlife related!

Thu 30 November 2023 12:00AM

Participate in behavioural research at Cambridge Judge Business School

Become a member of our participant pool, support academic research and get paid for it (£10/hour). There is no need to be a student or affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

9:00AM - 1:00PM

THIS Space 2023

THIS Space 2023 will bring together people interested in improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Organised by The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, THIS Space aims to share learning on what works in healthcare improvement, what doesn’t, and why. Over 30 speakers will cover topics from improving environmental sustainability to communicating diagnosis uncertainty.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Shutter Hub Open 23/24 photography exhibition

An exhibition by over 130 international photographers organised by Shutter Hub.

9:00AM - 6:30PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History

Savage, grotesque, hilarious: explore Spitting Image, the puppet show that became an icon of 20th century television, with Cambridge University Library's current exhibition.

10:00AM - 12:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Which stories get remembered, and why? This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Real Families: Stories of Change

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, 'Real Families: Stories of Change' asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

1:30PM - 3:00PM

The Cambridge Colleges: A Walking Tour

A walking tour that takes an in-depth look at unusual aspects of several of the city centre colleges and, depending on public access on the day, will include a visit to one in order to really discover just what goes on!

2:00PM - 4:00PM

The Personality and Legacy of Fox

An exhibition highlighting innovative Cambridgeshire archaeologist Sir Cyril Fox (1882-1967).

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Garrod Research Seminar - Thinking evolutionary laws: technological trajectories and anthropological regularities

The Garrod Research Seminar Series is the Department of Archaeology’s principal seminar series of invited scholarly lectures. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. This term, the series will focus on the interplay of cultural evolution and archaeology.

5:00PM - 6:00PM

Highlight Is 'artificial' intelligent? Understanding human intelligence in the AI age

Join BAFTA winning documentary maker Sheila Hayman to explore how we can understand human intelligence in the AI age.

6:00PM - 7:30PM

Sex and the City: Cambridge Women, Town and Gown

A guided tour through the lovely centre of Cambridge which explores the inspiring, shocking and delightful stories of its women. From poets to bedders, from scientists to social reformers - get to know some of these amazing hidden figures.

6:00PM - 8:00PM

Landscape mapping: who is doing research related to healthcare in conflict in Cambridge?

A networking event by the Healthcare in Conflict research network at CRASSH.

7:30PM - 8:45PM

Ros Atkins on... The art of explanation

Join longtime BBC presenter and journalist Ros Atkins as he shares his approach to communicating effectively.

Fri 1 December 2023 12:00AM

Participate in behavioural research at Cambridge Judge Business School

Become a member of our participant pool, support academic research and get paid for it (£10/hour). There is no need to be a student or affiliated with the University of Cambridge.

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Shutter Hub Open 23/24 photography exhibition

An exhibition by over 130 international photographers organised by Shutter Hub.

9:00AM - 6:30PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History

Savage, grotesque, hilarious: explore Spitting Image, the puppet show that became an icon of 20th century television, with Cambridge University Library's current exhibition.

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Highlight Hidden Histories

Explore the hidden histories of the Polar Museum in this new label display. From the female figures in polar history to the origins of Inuit art; follow the stories around the museum exhibits and discover something new.

10:00AM - 4:00PM

ONLINE COURSE Three wild flowers of the month: Identification and folklore – December

Go on a journey through the seasons learning about wild flowers with garden historian Twigs Way

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Which stories get remembered, and why? This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Real Families: Stories of Change

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, 'Real Families: Stories of Change' asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 12:30PM

The Cambridge Colleges: A Walking Tour

A walking tour that takes an in-depth look at unusual aspects of several of the city centre colleges and, depending on public access on the day, will include a visit to one in order to really discover just what goes on!

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

12:00PM - 12:45PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History - Curator Tour

Join the curator for a guided tour of Cambridge University Library's exhibition gallery.

1:15PM - 2:00PM

Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Science Seminar - On the wing: Morphological variation in the osteology of Anatidae (excluding Anserinae) of the Levant

The Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Science Seminars are a relatively informal and highly dynamic venue for archaeological scientists of all kinds who share their research as it happens – often, before it has made it to publications. Our speakers include researchers based in or around Cambridge as well as visitors from around the world.

5:00PM - 9:30PM

Cambridge Botanic Lights

Join us for Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s first ever winter lights trail – Cambridge Botanic Lights!

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Lies, Spies and Double-Dealing: A Cambridge Spy Tour

A walking tour which unmasks the long tradition of Cambridge spying, from the earliest days of the university to recent times; from Christopher Marlowe to Anthony Blunt, via James Bond. Tours are led by Green Badge Guides.

6:30PM - 7:30PM

Haunted Cambridge Ghost Tours

Cambridge guides' scariest storytellers take you to the darker byways of our city, where the spirits of the dead still hover ...

Sat 2 December 2023 8:45AM - 10:15AM

Mill Road Walking Tour

A historical walk down Mill Road in the quiet before the Winter Fair. Hear stories of murder, intrepid women on camels, a German spy, a rock star and much more. We'll explore the hidden marks left by poor Victorian inhabitants, their pubs, cinemas, places of worship, and, of course, the workhouse. Discover the rich history of Cambridge which the tourists don't see!

9:00AM - 4:30PM

Highlight Spitting Image: A Controversial History

Savage, grotesque, hilarious: explore Spitting Image, the puppet show that became an icon of 20th century television, with Cambridge University Library's current exhibition.

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Highlight Hidden Histories

Explore the hidden histories of the Polar Museum in this new label display. From the female figures in polar history to the origins of Inuit art; follow the stories around the museum exhibits and discover something new.

10:00AM - 4:30PM

Winter Wildlife Family Day at the Museum of Zoology

Family day at the Museum - drop in for object handling, poetry workshops and more

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Which stories get remembered, and why? This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Highlight Real Families: Stories of Change

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, 'Real Families: Stories of Change' asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Tim Head: How It Is

Visit Wolfson's latest art exhibition 'How It Is' featuring work by prominent British artist Tim Head, open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

5:00PM - 9:30PM

Cambridge Botanic Lights

Join us for Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s first ever winter lights trail – Cambridge Botanic Lights!

6:30PM - 7:30PM

Haunted Cambridge Ghost Tours

Cambridge guides' scariest storytellers take you to the darker byways of our city, where the spirits of the dead still hover ...

7:30PM - 9:30PM

Stile Antico - 'This Joyful Birth'

Internationally-renowned ensemble Stile Antico present a beautiful programme of Renaissance choral music for Christmas.

Sun 3 December 2023 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Bodies: Past and Present

An exhibition of student art

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Tim Head: How It Is

Visit Wolfson's latest art exhibition 'How It Is' featuring work by prominent British artist Tim Head, open to the public, Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm.

10:00AM - 6:00PM

Highlight Women & Water

Our exhibition Women & Water explores the relationship between women and water in the works of 17 women artists, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present day. The exhibition examines how water has been used by artists both as subject matter and artistic medium to reflect the multiplicity of women’s experiences.

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Making New Worlds: Li Yuan-chia and friends

This group exhibition is based on the pioneering vision of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929 – 1994) and the LYC Museum & Art Gallery which he founded and ran between 1972 and 1983 in the Cumbrian village of Banks, alongside Hadrian’s Wall.

11:30AM - 1:00PM

Lies, Spies and Double-Dealing: A Cambridge Spy Tour

A walking tour which unmasks the long tradition of Cambridge spying, from the earliest days of the university to recent times; from Christopher Marlowe to Anthony Blunt, via James Bond. Tours are led by Green Badge Guides.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Beneath Our Feet: Archaeology of the Cambridge Region

A new exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the traces of where people have lived, worked and died for thousands of years in Cambridgeshire.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Highlight Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Which stories get remembered, and why? This exhibition explores some new stories from history – stories that help us to separate fact from fiction and history from myth.

12:00PM - 5:00PM

Highlight Real Families: Stories of Change

Bringing together more than 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture and film, 'Real Families: Stories of Change' asks us to consider what makes a family today, and the impact our families have on us, through the eyes of contemporary artists

2:30PM - 4:00PM

Sex and the City: Cambridge Women, Town and Gown

A guided tour through the lovely centre of Cambridge which explores the inspiring, shocking and delightful stories of its women. From poets to bedders, from scientists to social reformers - get to know some of these amazing hidden figures.

5:00PM - 9:30PM

Cambridge Botanic Lights

Join us for Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s first ever winter lights trail – Cambridge Botanic Lights!