Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Cambridge University Library

Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo

For a thousand years the Jewish community of Old Cairo put their worn-out writings into a synagogue storage room, a genizah. Cambridge University Library offer one of the greatest collections of the medieval past to explore. Opening in Cambridge in April 2017, Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo will provide a window on the life of a community a thousand years ago – a Jewish community in the centre of a thriving Islamic empire, international in outlook, multicultural in make-up, devout to its core.

Public exhibition: until 28 October 2017
Monday – Friday 09:00–18:00
Saturday 09:00–16:30
Sunday closed
Cambridge University Library Milstein Exhibition Centre
Free admission – all welcome.

From the British Library

The British Library's has released its cultural highlights for the year ahead:

The first of these is:
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths (28 April 2017 – 29 August 2017)

As part of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution this major exhibition will shed new light on the unprecedented and world-changing events of the period, focusing on the experiences of ordinary Russians living through extraordinary times. The exhibition will begin in the reign of the last Tsar and explore the growth of revolutionary movements, which brought about the transformation of Russia’s traditional monarchy into the world’s first Communist state as well as the huge social and political change. Key figures such as Tsar Nicholas II and revolutionary leaders including Vladimir Lenin will be examined along with the political events of the period. One of the items going on display for the first time is a letter written by Lenin in April 1902, applying to become a Reader at the British Museum Library, now part of the British Library. The letter is signed with his pseudonym, Jacob Richter, which he was using in order to evade the Tsarist police of the time. This letter marks the first of several trips he made to the Library. He later recalled in 1907: “It is a remarkable institution, especially that exceptional reference section. Ask them any question, and in the very shortest space of time they'll tell you where to look to find the material that interests you.”

The exhibition will tell the story of the Revolution through posters, letters, photographs, banners, weapons, items of uniform, recordings and film: from a luxury souvenir album of the Tsar’s coronation to propaganda wallpaper hand-painted by women factory workers, this exhibition will unite the personal and the political, bringing to life the hope, the tragedy, and the myths at the heart of this seismic Revolution.

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