Category Archives: Cambridge

The Cabinet of Dr Addenbrooke

John Addenbrooke, founder of the famous Cambridge hospital, was a fellow of St Catharine’s College around the start of the 18th century. One of the treasures in the college’s collection is his medicine cabinet, which has 27 drawers of assorted shapes and sizes.

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If you open these, in the rather gloomy lighting of the room, you see some dusty items under dusty glass, and it’s hard to make out anything of much interest.

However, the college now has some funding to get the contents properly catalogued, and, since I’ve been doing a bit more professional photography recently, they hired me to take some photos of the interior. I set up a lighting rig, and the librarian and I carefully removed the glass panels covering most of the drawers. Under proper lighting, the contents came alive.

Addenbrooke Drawer 5

Addenbrooke Drawer 4

There are seeds, powders, bones, fossils, stone axe-heads; even a wooden clog in one of them!

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Addenbrooke Drawer 26

The full details will appear on the college website once the experts have done their job identifying the contents. My thanks to the college for permission to publish a few images here.

Addenbrooke Drawer 4

I can’t wait to find out what some of these are, and where they came from!

Addenbrooke Drawer 8

Anyone recognise anything?

Addenbrooke Drawer 1

One thing I realised, when I got home, is that I needed to wash my hands thoroughly, since, for all I knew, I’d been spending the afternoon dusting my fingers in 300-year-old arsenic, or worse!

Fog on the Barrow-downs

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A slightly surreal dog-walk this morning.

Down my street

Several key Cambridge University indoor locations are now on Google Streetview, including the chapel where we got married. Nice!

Hauxton Mill

Hauxton Mill

I posted this a couple of years ago, but I went back and tweaked the image now I know a bit more about monochrome processing. Also, since all my displays are now higher-resolution, the old one was looking blurry! You can read a bit of the story of the mill on the last post, though.

Happy Memories

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Where it all started, for me, at least. Spotted on a recent visit to the Whipple Museum.

Trumpington Meadows

Trumpington Meadows is a large new housing development on the southern edge of Cambridge. The houses are, well, modern houses. Perhaps a bit better than some. But the developers have done a nice job of gentle landscaping on the big field between the housing estate and Byron’s Pool. It’s become a favourite dog-walking area.

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Last night, a combination of fog and sunset made it look particularly beautiful. One of those times when I kicked myself for not having a proper camera with me: these are iPhone shots.

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And if you look carefully (or click for the larger version) you’ll see that this is actually a photo of the M11:

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I’m not often grateful to housing developers, so I feel I should give them credit when it’s due!

Byron’s Pool, Christmas Eve

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A new day dawning

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Grantchester Meadows this morning

Early Saturday Morning

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I was up a bit earlier than usual for a Saturday, but one of the good things about the year drawing on, for a somewhat lazy photographer like me, is that I’m much more likely to be up at sunrise in the winter than I am in the summer! This was a quick iPhone snap while walking Tilly.

Beware!

I picture a ne’er-do-well hobbit, probably an associate of Ted Sandyman’s, who is seldom seen, but is believed to be the source of much unexplained mischief at St Catharine’s College. He goes by the name of ‘Slippery’ Underfoot…

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People who live in glass houses…

…may want to install their lavatories elsewhere?

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My vegetable love should grow…

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It’s an embarrassingly long time since I last visited Cambridge Botanic Gardens. Probably measurable in decades.

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And that’s a pity, because it’s walking distance from my house and, as I discovered again today, it’s really a very pleasant spot.

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