Visit Eight – Rainbow Nooks and Rainbow Eels in Ely

Our Ely visit started perfectly — on a bench in the sun, with a lovely view of the cathedral’s West tower (see featured image). Rosie, the trainee at King’s Ely school, offered us a quick summary of how the school works: it’s a coeducational independent day and boarding school. Its buildings are spread throughout the centre…

Visit Seven – Burning Ink and 77 Sheep at the CCCC and the Whipple

Hidden away behind a small black door on Free School Lane, the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium (CCCC) is a small but very exciting place. Founded in 1987, its mission is to conserve and preserve valuable manuscripts and books from the libraries of member colleges. Eleven Cambridge colleges are permanent members at the moment, with another…

Visit Six – Stanley the Cat and USB drives at the Churchill Archives

Our visit ended with Heidi, Archives Assistant and one of the three lovely ladies who showed us around the archive, sharing her favourite item in the collection with us. This was Stanley the Cat – a toy cat, black and fluffy, which guarded 10 Downing Street (photographic proof was provided!) throughout some of Thatcher’s regime.

Visit One – Floating Heads, Prenups and Hrönir at the UL

We were also told about a set of Chinese oracle bones, the oldest inscribed item that the library holds. These have also been photographed in order to create a 3D image, after which copies were subsequently made using 3D printing – visitors often confuse these for the real thing.