Exporting British Policing during the Second World War: Policing Soldiers and Civilians by Professor Clive Emsley

Exporting British Policing is a comprehensive study of British military policing in liberated Europe during the Second World War. Preventing and detecting thefts, receiving and profiteering together with the maintenance of order in its broadest sense are, in the peacetime world, generally confided to the police.

Science Week Ceilidh: The Kelvin Bridge

As part of his ethnomusicological activities, Petrean Ed Emery (m.1966) now runs the Red Rock Ceilidh Band. On 11 March they were the opening event for the Cambridge Science Festival, with a programme of specially designed scientifical dances. One of these was "The Kelvin Bridge", dedicated to Lord Kelvin, former fellow of Peterhouse, and featuring his work on the Kelvin Water Dropper, on the electrification of Peterhouse, and his magnificent machine for predicting tides.

Thoughts from American: A Poem by Stanley Marcuss (1963)

I was at Cambridge

Years ago.


Was cold and damp

Years ago.


A kindling thought in years ago

Romance in mist and thoughts I knew


In cold and damp

I made a fire


Cold and damp

Sparked fearsome flames


Cold and damp

Sparked  furnace spires


Cold and damp

Sparked yearning desires

No water could expire.


Peterhouse, a furnace fire

Searing cauldron

Thoughts in burning

Molten ore

Tempered steel

Yes we CanBridge!

By 3pm on Wednesday 3rd April, the grey skies were just beginning to brighten as the guests started to arrive for Peterhouse’s first ever national ‘CanBridge Residential’. 45 Year 12 pupils came to the college for a two-night taster of student life at Cambridge.

Peterhouse triumph in yesterday’s Boat Race

Many congratulations to all the Cambridge crews on their outstanding success in The Boat Race yesterday - a clean sweep, with a win in every race.

Peterhouse is particularly proud of the three Petreans who helped row the men's boat to victory

Natan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk, Sam Hookway, and James Cracknell 

and in the triumphant Blondie boat (women’s reserve boat)

Sally O’Brien 


Well done to you all!


We are sad to inform you that our friend and colleague, Dr Michael Axworthy, has passed away. He died on Saturday night 16 March 2019 at his home in Rome with his family round him, after a two year battle with cancer. 

Michael came up to Peterhouse to read history in 1982. On graduating, he joined the Foreign Office where he pursued a distinguished career as an Iranian scholar, both as a diplomat and subsequently as a writer and an academic. He was the founding Director of Exeter University’s Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies.

Tallis and Byrd

Thomas Tallis - Lamentations of Jeremiah (Part I)
William Byrd - Ne irascaris, Domine--Civitas sancti tui

A free, candlelit performance of two of the great masterpieces of English polyphony performed by The Choir of Peterhouse, Cambridge directed by Simon Jackson. Written during the turbulent years of the mid-16th century, Thomas Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah and William Byrd's double motet, Ne irascaris Domine--Civitas sancti tui, offer some of the most poignant and moving music of the period.

William Aslet on the discovery of a new miniature by Nicholas Hilliard

This month's Burlington Magazine 's cover article, on the discovery of a new miniature in France by the reowned Elizabethan painter Nicholas Hilliard, was co-authored by William Aslet one of our current graduate students. Further information can be found on the link below.