|Lindy Hopping on Cornmarket|
|Old Bodleian Entrance|
|St John's College Old Library|
We then moved on to my old college, Corpus, and I gave the trainees a tour of the library, which dates back to the founding of the college in 1517. The main part of the library comprises original shelving with suchioned pews that aren't quite wide enough to ensure that you don't fall off - a good way of keeping you awake when revising I can assure you!
The Corpus and Merton archivist then showed us the archives of both colleges along with some of the colleges' treasures such as a letter from Isaac Newton with a sketch of King's College Chapel with Halley's Comet passing over the top. There was also a letter signed from King Henry VIII to Rome asking about the progress with the Pope concerning his divorce. The archivist could dispel some rumours I had been told concerning land disputes between Merton, Corpus and Christ Church, which are propaogated by tour guides. He was a real fount of knowledge and it was great to see some archives since this is an aspect of the informtaion services that our traineeships tend not to touch on.
|Memorial to Thomas Bodley in Merton Chapel - note the pillars made of stacks of books!|
|Happy Cambridge trainees at the pelican sundial in Corpus|