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Wednesday Lectures

This series of weekly lectures will take place in the Debating Chamber of Cambridge Union Society,
9a Bridge Street, CB2 1UB starting at 2.15 pm.

All members are welcome to attend.  Please have your membership cards ready to show on entry.
Non-members may attend as guests for a fee of £2 per lecture, subject to availability of space.

Any last minute changes to the programme of Wednesday lectures will be publicised in the weekly bulletin




** Please note there is no lecture in the first week of term **


26 April             

Kettle’s Yard: its history and future

Andrew Nairne, Director, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge

At this exciting time in the existence of Kettle’s Yard the history of its development and the vision for its future will be explored. The redevelopment project that has currently closed the permanent site and the lending out of the permanent collection to a variety of places will be described.


3 May                

From Medieval to Modern: the Radiant Art of Stained Glass

Dr Jasmine Allen, Curator of the Stained Glass Museum, Ely

This lecture will shed light on the unique art of stained glass, its historic and stylistic development from the medieval period to the present day. Using illustrated examples from the collection of the Stained Glass Museum, the UK’s only museum dedicated to stained glass, which is located in Ely, we will also uncover a number of treasures on our doorstep.


 10 May              

Finding their Voice: the Cambridge Women of the National Union of Women Workers

Tamsin Wimhurst

How did a group of Victorian Cambridge ‘ladies’ who were well-educated, upper-middle class and married to university dons come, over a 25 year period, to reclassify themselves as ‘women workers? What was it that led to this change, what was the work that they did and what was their legacy in Cambridge?



17 May              

Investigating Cambridge’s Augustinian Friary

Craig Cessford, Senior Project Officer, Cambridge Archaeological Unit

The Cambridge Archaeological Unit has recently conducted excavations on the New Museums site, which was the location of an Augustinian friary between around 1289 and 1538. This represents the largest excavation ever of a medieval religious house in Cambridge and has shed considerable insights into many aspects of the institution and its inhabitants. This talk will describe what has been found and what we hope to learn from future analysis of the material.


Details of past lectures can be found here

To contact the Wednesday lecture planning team, email: [email protected]

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