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Monday 14 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 15 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 16 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Thursday 17 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Friday 18 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Saturday 19 October: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Monday 21 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 22 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 23 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Thursday 24 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Friday 25 October: 9:00am - 6:30pm
Saturday 26 October: 9:00am - 4:30pm

University Library, Milstein Exhibition Centre, West Road, CB3 9DR

The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge is an exhibition of two parts. Displays in the Milstein Exhibition Centre focus of the experience of being a women at Cambridge University over the past 150 years. Along the front corridors of the University Library hang portraits of women associated with the University. Anyone can visit the exhibition and portrait hang, which is on display at the University Library on West Road from Monday 14 October 2019 to Saturday 21 March 2020. To visit the portrait hang, please sign in with our friendly team at the front desk.

This exhibition marks 150 years since the founding of Cambridge’s first women college. It focuses on the lived experience of women at Cambridge, the fight for equal educational rights, and the careers of some of the women who shaped the institution (and the world). This story is told through costumes, letters, and audio-visual material, with visitors getting the chance to explore collections from across the University and Colleges.

The Rising Tide is a festival of exhibitions, events and displays exploring the past, present and future of women at Cambridge. Programmed by Cambridge University Libraries, created by students and staff from across the University, and running across the city, The Rising Tide will facilitate assembly, debate and conversation. The Programme will provide opportunities for Cambridge women to discuss their singular experiences, and the lives of those women who forged the modern University.

Closed on Sundays

Image Credit: Murray Edwards College, Pro-women’s degrees poster 1897 (UL collection), Sandi Toksvig (John Nguyen/JNVisuals), Girton students 1883 (Girton College), Cambridge University Boat Club 3/6/1, Dame Ann Dowling (engineering), Dr. Rosalind Franklin (Museum of London), Joyce Frankland Feminist Society, Prof. Dorothy Hodgkin (NPG)

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Age: All ages, Exhibition, Drop in, Free