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A new manuscript online : Homiliary compiled by Paul the Deacon, Peterhouse MS 130

The fifteenth-century catalogue of the Peterhouse Library, initially compiled on Christmas Eve 1418, gives details of over 450 manuscripts. Our present collection of some 270 manuscript volumes represents over half the working library which was accumulated by the College during the two and a half centuries after its foundation; and is one of only three […]

Doodling Tait

In the hallway of the Ward Library hangs an oil-painting of Professor Peter Guthrie Tait (1831 – 1901), the eyes of which seem to fix each visitor to the library with an intense and quizzical scrutiny. P.G. Tait, illustrious Scottish mathematician and physicist, was apparently an admirable teacher with a strong personality, and some of […]

Equatorie of the Planetis

28 May saw the launch at the Whipple Museum of the online Peterhouse Manuscripts Collection, housed in the Cambridge Digital Library. The collection aims to present highlights from the College’s collection of 276 medieval manuscripts, and will be developed as time and funding allow. High-quality images are presented alongside searchable transcription, commentaries and critical apparatus, […]

Sam Gamgee of Tooting and Sir Ernest Barker’s bicycling crime.

The Ward Library holds a collection of books by and about members of Peterhouse. We recently completed the online cataloguing of well over a hundred books and pamphlets by the historian, Professor Sir Ernest Barker. Many of these were  originally given to the library by his son, Nicolas Barker, in 1977. Ernest Barker (23 September […]