The Cabinet of Curiosities is the Senior School’s new library and exhibition area, now at the very heart of the original school building. Our aim is to invoke the past in order to better understand the present and future. Artefacts are central to this understanding, as we respond to them with our bodies and emotions, as well as our intellects. You will be encouraged not only to think about the curiosities on display, but also to contribute some of your own.
The space is being divided into the main room, or Cabinet, and a smaller Reading Room. The Cabinet will provide room for:
- displaying books and objects from the school archive
- showing exhibitions and installations on broad, cross-curricular themes
- experimentation with ideas of collecting, curating, and cultural value.
For every exhibition we will develop an ibook catalogue, so you can find out about the topics covered in both more depth and breadth. Future exhibitions topics may include Deep Time, Obsolete Technologies, Crime Scenes, The First World War and Symbols of Power.
The Cabinet of Curiosities will open in January 2014.
Current areas of development include:
Installation Area: the ‘working spaces’ of great minds
Archive Wall: photographs, documents and teaching aids from the school archive
Printers’ Trays: Tiny compartments for tiny objects – all ideas and collections welcome!
Museum Guest Object: a special object with a special story from one of Cambridge’s museums
Democracy of Objects: a themed display of objects from students’ and staff’s everyday lives: gadgets, teacups, old toys…
Themed Book Display: challenging you to think across subjects
Print Collection: Non-fiction and reference books will be housed in the Cabinet; fiction, graphic novels, biography and PSH books in the Reading Room
Curator’s Club and Local Museum Visits: for anyone interested in collecting and curating
Physic Garden: step outside of the Cabinet and into the history of medicine