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Girton College - Lawrence Room and People's Portraits Exhibition

By Ben Comber

Girton College
Girton College

Although the furthest of Cambridge's Colleges from the city centre, Girton is worth the visit and is the favorite Cambridge University college of many visitors.

Girton College Collections

Address: Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0JG

Lawrence Room opening hours: Open to the public every Thursday between 2 - 4.

People’s Portraits Exhibition opening hours: Open daily 9 - 5

Entry prices: Free admission

Parking: Visitor parking available

Toilets: Yes

Refreshments: Cafeteria open to students and visitors

The Lawrence Room displays the impressive collection of Girton College, with artifacts dating back to the fourth century BC. It features over 100 items excavated from a Roman and Anglo-Saxon burial site in Girton, as well as donated artifacts from Egyptian, Mediterranean, Mesopotamian and Far Eastern private collections.

Hermione, a mummy excavated from Egypt, is among the collections - thought to be a young female scholar, it was for this reason that efforts were made to house her in a the college.

As a way to portray the life of British people at the turn of the millennium, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters compiled a collection of diverse portraits that made up the People's Portraits exhibition.

The collection has been displayed at Girton College since 2002, and each year new portraits are added to the collection by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

You can find out more about the Girton College collections online.


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