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June 18th, 2018 Library & Archives

Library opening hours, summer 2018

During the Long Vacation, Girton College Library will be open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday only (closed weekends).
However, some days may have shorter opening hours and/or be closed over lunch, depending on staff availability. A list will be posted on this page and kept up-to-date.

The Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 17 August until 9am on Monday 3 September.

It may also be necessary to close for other periods at short notice. If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, it would be worth contacting us in advance: telephone 01223 338970 or email library@girton.cam.ac.uk.

Full Term opening hours and weekend opening recommence immediately before the start of the Michaelmas Full Term (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September )

Archive and special collections:

Opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are separate; if you are planning to visit in person, please see the Arranging a visit webpage.  Thank you.

Vacation availability of external study rooms:

D33 and D35 (group study rooms) will remain available for use throughout the Long Vacation.
D34 (quiet study room) will remain available for use until the end of June. It will not then be available for use until the start of September.
Chapel Wing Reading Room came out of use as a study room at the end of Wednesday 13 June. It will resume use as a study room on Monday 8 October.

Read more June 6th, 2018 Library & Archives

Library end of term arrangements, Easter Term 2018

All loaned items are due back by 11pm on Monday 11 June:

If this is likely to cause problems because of exams or outstanding work, please contact the Library to make a special arrangement – tel: 01223 338970 or e-mail: library@girton.cam.ac.uk.

**Graduands: You will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony if you owe money to the College or to the University. This includes the value of items that have not been returned to libraries and any unpaid library fines. You should therefore return all library loans and pay any fines by Monday 11 June. Any fines still outstanding at noon on Friday 15 June will be charged to your College bill. If items have not been returned by this time, their full replacement cost plus fines will be charged.**

 

Vacation borrowing starts at 1pm on Wednesday 13 June:

The Library will be closed that morning for final checking and tidying; if there is an URGENT reason why you must use the Library, please ring the doorbell.

You may borrow up to 10 books for the vacation. No vacation borrowing is permitted until all term books are returned, and fines paid and bills settled.

Please note that there is no borrowing from the external study rooms.

Anything borrowed for or during the vacation will due back by 11pm on Wednesday 3 October.

**We regret that graduands may not borrow from the College Library after Monday 11 June 2018.**

 

Vacation opening hours:

The Library will be open 10am–11pm on Saturday 16  and Sunday 17 June.

Thereafter, the Library will be open Mondays to Fridays, 9am–5pm (closed weekends). However some days may have shorter opening hours and/or be closed over lunch, depending on staff availability.

The Library will be closed completely for a fortnight beginning Monday 20 August, re-opening on Monday 3 September.

It may also be necessary to close at other times, possibly at short notice. If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, we recommend that you phone ahead to check availability – 01223 338970.

Full Term opening hours will resume the weekend immediately before the start of the Michaelmas Full Term (Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September ).

 

Vacation availability  of external study rooms:

D33 and D35 (group study rooms) will remain available for use throughout the Long Vacation.

D34 (quiet study room) will remain available for use until the end of June. It will not then be available for use until the start of September.

Chapel Wing Reading Room will come out of use as a study room at the end of Wednesday 13 June.  Any personal items left in it after that date will be treated as lost property.  It will resume use as a study room on Monday 8 October.

 

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Library opening hours, Easter Term 2018

Full Term opening hours for Easter Term 2018 are:-

Current undergraduate and graduate members of the College may borrow up to 10 titles at a time, and during Full Term the loan period is 7 days.  Fines are levied for overdue items at a rate of 50 pence per day per standard loan item.

Opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are separate; if you are planning to visit in person, please see the Arranging a visit webpage.  Thank you

Read more May 21st, 2018 News

Humanities Writing Competition Winners for 2017-18

Girton College’s Humanities Writing Competition is now in its seventh year, with an increasing number of entries being submitted year-on-year. The competition is open to any current Year 12 (or equivalent) student. The aim of the competition is to encourage the students to research, think and write about one of the five chosen objects from the Lawrence Room, Girton’s onsite College Museum of Antiquities. This aim encourages a range of written responses, from essays to poems, all showing evidence of interests and research outside the set school curriculum.

The prize-giving ceremony for this year’s finalists was held on Thursday 26 April, during which six students were welcomed to Girton College to celebrate their achievement.

Humanities Writing Competition Finalists for 2017-18

The objects chosen as the basis of this year’s competition were a painted Greek Tanagra athlete figure, a bull figurine from Cyprus, a boar figurine from Greece, an Egyptian ‘tomb group’ figurine, and a Roman glass cremation urn found on the Romano-British cemetery at Girton College (pictured below). Each object seemed to capture the interest of the entrants in different ways, with every object garnering a good number of entries.

Humanities Writing Competition 2017 18 Objects

First place was awarded to Olivia Sandhu (Nottingham Girls’ High School) for her piece entitled ‘The Animal in Ancient Religion, Art and Imagination’, an essay focusing on the bull and boar figurines with an eloquent discussion of human/animal relations in an early agricultural society.

A joint Second place was awarded to Molly Taylor (Pate’s Grammar School) and Sophie Holloway (Ipswich High School) for their pieces of creative writing. Molly’s piece ‘Boy in a Jar’, based on the Roman glass cremation urn, was commended for its unobtrusive but real feel for the period and thoughtworld, whilst Sophie’s monologue ‘The Sculptor and the Sculpted’, written from the perspective of the Tanagra athlete figure, was praised for being intellectually ambitious, well written and for showing a breadth of interest.

L-R: The Mistress awarding First place to Olivia Sandhu (Nottingham Girls’ High School) and Joint Second place to Molly Taylor (Pate’s Grammar School) and Sophie Holloway (Ipswich High School)

Elizabeth Down (Notting Hill and Ealing High School), Amira Nandhla (The King’s School) and Farren Yuan (Cheltenham Ladies’ College) were all awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for their respective essays; ‘The Roman Glass Cremation Urn’, ‘Was Migration Ultimately the Inspiration Behind the Bull Figurine?’ and  ‘An Examination of the identity of an Egyptian tomb group figurine’.

 L-R: The Mistress awarding the 'Highly Commended' to Elizabeth Down (Notting Hill and Ealing High School), Amira Nandhla (The King’s School) and Farren Yuan (Cheltenham Ladies’ College)

L-R: The Mistress awarding the ‘Highly Commended’ to Elizabeth Down (Notting Hill and Ealing High School), Amira Nandhla (The King’s School) and Farren Yuan (Cheltenham Ladies’ College)

All six of the finalists and their guests were invited to Girton College for the afternoon. On arrival, the group had the opportunity to browse the Lawrence Room with two of the College’s Fellows and judges of the competition, Dr Caroline Brett and Dr Gillian Jondorf, and view the objects that they had chosen to write their pieces on. Following this, Deasil Waltho, a Year 1 student studying Classics at Girton College, took the group on a tour of the buildings and grounds of Girton College, giving the finalists a chance to ask any questions they had on student life at Cambridge University. To conclude the afternoon the finalists were able to enjoy afternoon tea with the Mistress of Girton College, the judges of the competition and Girton College Fellows in Stanley Library, the original College Library.

The Lawrence Room

The winning entries are now on display in the Lawrence Room, which is open to the public from 2-4pm on Thursdays. Girton are grateful to Cambridge University Press and to Miss C. Anne Wilson for their kind sponsorship of the competition.

Read more May 11th, 2018 News

The Spring Ball Committee creates a new student award

Photograph credit: Girton Spring Ball Committee, © ORP–Orquidea Real Photobook–Julieta Sarmiento Photography

Girton Spring Ball Committee © ORP–Orquidea Real Photobook–Julieta Sarmiento Photography

Whilst our guests will certainly remember the evening for years to come, the Girton Spring Ball 2018 Committee has endeavoured to create a lasting legacy that will celebrate the sense of community and solidarity which is characteristic of our College. Through careful spending, successful negotiations with contractors, and refunds for excess products, the Committee has been able to pledge a five-figure sum to establish the Girton Pioneers Award. This award is designed to support the students of Girton and recognise their contributions to College life, and anyone who is the recipient of a Bursary can apply by demonstrating how their contributions have improved the experience of other Girtonians through participation in student societies, committees, or welfare initiatives.

The Girton Pioneers Award is the first award to be created by students, for students, and will be available every year until the capital in the Spring Ball account is sufficient to fund a full means-tested Bursary for a Girton student, in perpetuity.

“We hope that future Ball Committees and other student societies will contribute to this fund, and that this is the beginning of a tradition of current students investing their time and care to improve the experiences of the next generation to call Girton home.” (Jazz Darby, Girton Spring Ball 2018 President).

Photograph credit: Girton Spring Ball Committee, © ORP–Orquidea Real Photobook–Julieta Sarmiento Photography

Girton Spring Ball Committee © ORP–Orquidea Real Photobook–Julieta Sarmiento Photography

Read more May 9th, 2018 Alumni & SupportersNews

An Emily Davies Bursary has been endowed in perpetuity in the 2018 Telephone Campaign!

 The Telethon Team 2018

The Telethon Team 2018

Our 2018 Easter Telephone Campaign was a fantastic success; raising over £258,000 for the College, including the endowment of one undergraduate bursary in perpetuity, thanks to the generosity of alumni. This is the third full bursary that has been endowed in the telethon over recent years!

Alumni gifts also brought us one step closer to endowing a Fellowship in Physical Sciences to be named after Dr Christine McKie, as well as bolstering funds for Graduate Research Scholarships, Academic Resources and for the Unrestricted Permanent Endowment.

The student callers thoroughly enjoyed the many inspiring conversations and exchanging Girton stories. We are always heartened by the warmth and generosity of Girtonians across the globe – thank you so much for standing with us and championing academic excellence in diversity.

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Read more April 30th, 2018 News

The National Jane Martin Poetry Prize 2018 Winners are announced!

Girton College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Jane Martin Poetry Prize, a national poetry competition established in 2010 in memory of Girton alumna Jane Elizabeth Martin.

The winning poems can be found here:

Nina Powles was born in New Zealand, partly grew up in China and now lives in London. She holds an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington, where she won the Biggs Family Prize for Poetry in 2016. Her poetry chapbook Girls of the Drift was published in 2014. Her debut poetry collection, Luminescent (Seraph Press, 2017) is a work of auto/biographical poetry exploring the lives of five women from New Zealand history. Her poems and essays have recently appeared in Best New Zealand Poems, Poetry, Hotel, and Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is half Malaysian-Chinese and is Poetry Editor at The Shanghai Literary Review. You can hear Nina read some of her poems here.

Dominic Leonard studied English in Oxford and is about to begin an MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. His poems and non-fiction have appeared in Poetry London, Oxford Poetry, The Scores, Disclaimer, Zarf, and elsewhere.

Nina and Dominic will be visiting the College on Thursday 3 May, along with one of the Judges Jeremy Noel-Tod, to attend the presentation evening and read some of their poems, which will be held in the Stanley Library from 6-7pm. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

Read more March 21st, 2018 Glimpses of GirtonNews

Glimpses of Girton: Scandinavian Legends, Myths and Folklore in Girton Library

Girton College Library’s Special Collections contain a wonderful selection of books which touch on the vibrant world of folklore and myth in Scandinavia.

The Land of the Midnight Sun,written by the explorer Paul du Chaillu in 1881 and now held in the Travel Collection, which is one of the Library’s Special Collections. Paul du Chaillu describes the elves, fairies and dwarves that populate Scandinavian folktales. He writes about the ‘Elfdans –  a dance of the elves… In old times the people said that this dance always took place over the spots where good people had been buried, and where their spirits dwelt’. The tale is accompanied by a beautiful illustration of dancing elves:

 Illustration by G. E. Fischer from Paul du Chaillu’s Land of the Midnight Sun, facing page 719.

Illustration by G. E. Fischer from Paul du Chaillu’s Land of the Midnight Sun, facing page 719.

 

Front cover of the Land of the Midnight Sun by Paul du Chaillu.

Front cover of the Land of the Midnight Sun by Paul du Chaillu.

This book was presented to the College in 1919 by Gwendolen Crewdson, a student from 1894 to 1898, and later a staff member, who served as Librarian (1900-02) and then Junior Bursar (1902-05). Gwendolen was also the niece of Alfred Waterhouse, the architect who designed many of the College’s early buildings. She gave her name to Crewdson Field, the College sports grounds next to the Girton Road, which she purchased in order to prevent it from being built on.

Fridtjov Nansen, a Norwegian explorer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, wrote an account of his travels in Scandinavia, In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times, which is filled with myths from the lands he visited. It waspublished in 1911 andis held in the Travel Collection. His writing is brought to life by small woodcuts such as those shown below:

A woodcut from Fridtjov Nansen’s In Northern Mists: Arctic ExploA woodcut from Fridtjov Nansen’s In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times.ration in Early Times.

A woodcut from Fridtjov Nansen’s In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times.

Many of the books in the Library’s Special Collections about Scandinavian myth and folklore originally belonged to Dame Bertha Surtees Phillpotts, a student of the College (1898-1902), Librarian (1906-09), and later Mistress of Girton (1922-25) and University Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies (1926-32). She travelled to Iceland in particular many times and gathered a collection of books and pamphlets about the country, which she bequeathed  to Girton and which now form a special collection in their own right, the Newall Collection.

Girton Archive also holds a collection of Dame Bertha’s personal papers (archive reference: GCPP Phillpotts) – for the catalogue of her papers see: https://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0271%2FGCPP%20Phillpotts.

Dame Bertha Phillpotts’ bookplate in one of the volumes which form part of Girton Library’s Special Collections.

Dame Bertha Phillpotts’ bookplate in one of the volumes which form part of Girton Library’s Special Collections.

One of the volumes that belonged to Dame Bertha was Iceland: its Scenes and its Sagas by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), an Anglican vicar and scholar, published in 1863. The book illustrates Iceland’s mythic history through retellings of the sagas. His words are enlivened by copies of watercolours by Sabine Baring-Gould himself, such as the picture of Grettir’s Saga below:

Watercolour by Sabine Baring-Gould illustrating the setting of Grettir’s Saga, from his book, Iceland: its Scenes and its Sagas.

Watercolour by Sabine Baring-Gould illustrating the setting of Grettir’s Saga, from his book, Iceland: its Scenes and its Sagas.

Another book bequeathed by Dame Bertha was Icelandic Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil, written by Frederick W. W. Howell – a traveller and early photographer of Iceland. It was published in 1893 and is now in the Library’s Travel Collection. The work is filled with a wonderful series of sketches of Iceland’s landscape, history and mythology, including this lovely illustration of a Viking ship sailing above the text of Chapter 1:

Sketch of a Viking ship by Frederick W. W. Howell from his book, Icelandic Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil.

Sketch of a Viking ship by Frederick W. W. Howell from his book, Icelandic Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil.

Also in the Travel Collection is Pen and Pencil Sketches of Faröe and Iceland by Andrew Symington, published in 1862. It contains a section of short narratives drawn from Faeroese and Icelandic folklore, such as ‘The Goblin and the Cowherd’ and ‘The Goblin’s Whistle’. The book is illustrated throughout with exquisite wood-cuts by W. J. Linton, such as the one accompanying the title page shown below:

Frontispiece by W. J. Linton in Pen and Pencil Sketches of Faröe and Iceland by Andrew J. Symington.

Frontispiece by W. J. Linton in Pen and Pencil Sketches of Faröe and Iceland by Andrew J. Symington.

A northerly world of fairies, goblins, heroes and adventure awaits on the shelves of Girton Library’s Special Collections.

Bibliography

Baring-Gould, Sabine, Iceland: its Scenes and its Sagas (London: Smith, Elder and Son, 1863).

Du Chaillu, Paul, The Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys through Sweden, Norway, Lapland and Northern Finland (London: George Newnes, 1899).

Howell, Frederick W. W., Icelandic Pictures Drawn with Pen and Pencil (London: Religious Tract Society, 1893).

Nansen, Fridtjov,  In Northern Mists: Arctic Exploration in Early Times, translated by Arthur G. Chater (London: W. Heinemann, 1911).

Symington, Andrew J., Pen and Pencil Sketches of Faröe and Iceland, illustrated by W. J. Linton (London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862).

Read more March 19th, 2018 News

Margaret Smith Research Fellow, Anne Wolf, receives CHOICE Magazine award for new book

Book Cover - Anne Wolf - Political Islam in Tunisia - Hurst Publisher

The American Library Association’s (ALA) CHOICE magazine has awarded Margaret Smith Research Fellow, Anne Wolf’s, new book “Political Islam in Tunisia: The History of Ennahda” with its CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award for 2017.

Political Islam in Tunisia uncovers the secret history of Tunisia’s main Islamist movement, Ennahda, from its origins in the 1960s to the present. Banned until the popular uprisings of 2010-11 and the overthrow of Ben Ali’s dictatorship, Ennahda has until now been impossible to investigate. This is the first in-depth account of the movement, one of Tunisia’s most influential political actors.

Based on more than four years of field research, over 400 interviews, and access to private archives, Anne Wolf masterfully unveils the evolution of Ennahda’s ideological and strategic orientations within changing political contexts and, at times, conflicting ambitions amongst its leading cadres. She also explores the challenges to Ennahda’s quest for power from both secularists and Salafis. As the first full history of Ennahda, this book is a major contribution to the literature on Tunisia, Islamist movements, and political Islam in the Arab world. It will be indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand the forces driving a key player in the country most hopeful of pursuing a democratic trajectory in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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