Two famous College Libraries and Kettles Yard in Cambridge

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We start at Trinity College to view the Wren library under the guidance of Librarian David McKitterick, a good friend of The Art Fund who was closely associated with the Macclesfield Psalter appeal.  It is an early masterpiece by Wren, brilliantly designed to maximise the quantity of light available within.  inside are bookcases designed by Wren, carvings by Grinling Gibbons and busts of great writers and thinkers, some by Roubiliac.  Simon Jenkins calls the Wren Library a supreme Cambridge interior, a match for King's chapel.  We move to Kettle's Yard at about 12.30 for a tour of this superb art gallery, disguised as a charming home.  As Mark Fisher says, 'One of the country's most intimate and spell-binding museums, the collection of one man and his unerring eye'.  We then disperse to find a late lunch and meet again at Magdalene at 3.30 to visit the Pepys Library.  Our guide here is Librarian Richard Luckett.  The Pepys Library contains 3000 books bequeathed by Samuel Pepys, his writing desk and his own bookcases.  This also is one of the finest rooms in Cambridge.

For tickets, please send a cheque and stamped addressed envelope to:

John Brasier
1E Telegraph Lane East
Norwich
NR1 4AL

 

Venue details

Trinity College
Cambridge Norfolk CB2 1TQ