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The Festival of Ideas

Hundreds of free events over two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas is one of the most exciting and dynamic occasions in the Cambridge cultural calendar.

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Thu 15 February 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Landscapes Below: Mapping and the New Science of Geology

Landscapes Below celebrates a period of experimental geological map-making in the 19th century, focusing on the use of colour in geological maps and on the development of a visual vocabulary for the new science.

9:00AM - 6:30PM

Visions of Plague: Photographs of the third plague pandemic

The exhibition showcases the founding moment in epidemic photography, presenting photographs collected and digitized from across the world by the ERC-funded project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic. The exhibition extends over all four floors of the building.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin

Edgar Degas’s famous painting In a Café (L’Absinthe, 1875-6), features a dissolute bearded man whom Degas modeled on his characterful friend and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin (1832-1902). Both men shared a passion for printmaking and this exhibition explores the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s sensitively executed prints in drypoint

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Queer Antiquities: a Museum Trail

A trail in the Museum of Classical Archaeology to celebrate LGBT History Month.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

10:00AM - 5:00PM

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

6:45PM - 8:30PM

Smuts, bunts and ergots

Sandra Chapman will talk about the pathogens on grasses and cereals whose life cycles are completely tied to the seed of their hosts.