Festival of Ideas 2017
Once again, Queens' Old Library opened its door to the public for the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2017. This year, visitors discovered the new exhibition on display in the Old Library 'Books and Power in Tudor England: The Renaissance Library of Sir Thomas Smith (1513-77)'. The exhibition run during all the festival and two extra weeks.
On Saturday 28 October, Queens’ Old Library presented a ‘Thomas Smith Day’, which accompanied its current exhibition of Smith's library.
Thomas Smith Day
The morning was dedicated to two workshops on bookbinding in Tudor Cambridge. Organised with the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium (CCCC), the workshops started with an introduction by College Librarian Tim Eggington on Tudor bindings, followed by a show-and-tell of some fascinating examples found on the shelves of the Old Library. Next, Bridget Warrington from CCCC explained the sixteenth-century process of making a book, before attendees tried their hands at sewing and decorating, helped by Queens’ and CCCC staff members.