Current exhibitions and coming soon

In the exhibition cases in the Front Hall:

Peterhouse in the past: Sports club and student society photos, dating between 1888 and 1910.

Coming soon: 

As part of the celebrations in College to mark 40 years since women first formally matriculated at Peterhouse in 1984 (graduate) and 1985 (undergraduate) - the Library and Archives are seeking submissions from alumni to be included in a special exhibition taking place in Michaelmas Term 2024. For more information, please email, and please note all submissions must include a completed deposit agreement

Past exhibitions

Details of recent past exhibitions, exhibitions of Peterhouse materials mounted in the University Library, and of displays elsewhere in the College may be found on the Perne and Ward Libraries blog.

Printed catalogues of many past exhibitions are available on request from the Ward Librarian.

For our online Thomas Gray exhibition:

Library news

Now available! ‘A descriptive catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the library of Peterhouse, Cambridge’

Peterhouse is pleased to announce the publication of ‘A descriptive catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the library of Peterhouse, Cambridge’, prepared by Professor R.M. Thomson.  This is the first such catalogue since that of M.R. James (1899) and the first catalogue to modern standards of the medieval manuscript holdings of any Cambridge College.  The book (272 pp. and 114 illustrations mostly in colour), published by Boydell and Brewer, is available to purchase from most academic bookshops.  Students and Fellows may borrow the book from the Ward Library.


Here rests his head upon the lap of Earth/ A youth to Fortune and to Fame unknown./ Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth,/ And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.

Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard (1751)