Library treasures go on display

Jane Austen

For one day only the Library at King's is holding a public exhibition of some of its most precious items.

The exhibition takes place on Friday 10 September from 10am to 4pm and is part of the Open Cambridge scheme. In this scheme buildings, grounds and collections that are not normally accessible go on show for families, local residents and community groups.

This year the King's Library exhibition has a women's theme. You can see first and early editions of Jane Austen's works. You can also see some of the rare books that Mary Ann Thackeray, daughter of King's Provost George Thackeray (1777-1850), bequeathed to the Library. She was the real-life heroine of the Henry James story that became the Oscar-winning film The Heiress (1949).

The Archive Centre is showing documents about bedders and other female staff, the rise of female students at King's and Cambridge, and a letter from Dora Carrington about the murals she painted in a college room.

Open Cambridge is free and open to anyone. For further information contact the Archivist ( ; 331 444) from 10am to 4pm.

9 September 2010