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Archives and Special Collections host regular free exhibitions in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library and at the Strand campus, open to both King's staff and students and the wider public.

Weston Room exhibition caseThe material exhibited gives an indication of the breadth and depth of our collections.

Recent exhibitions have seen material exhibited on topics related to the bicentenary of the publication of James Parkinson's Essay on the shaking palsy, World War One, and Book illustration.

When these exhibitions are taken down, we often digitise them to create online exhibitions.

Current Maughan Library exhibition

Cartoon from the Catholic Herald by John RyanThe current exhibition in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library is entitled: Sink or Swim? Catholicism in Sixties Britain through John Ryan's cartoons.

Running from 17 January to 13 April 2019, this exhibition celebrates the work of John Ryan (1921-2009), whose weekly cartoons in the Catholic Herald cast a satirical eye on the changes and challenges faced by British Catholicism in the 1960s.

The exhibition is curated by historian Dr Alana Harris and Isabel Ryan and also features books from the Library's collections. It portrays the tumultuous history of the Church in Sixties Britain, as depicted by the Catholic Herald’s then cartoonist John Ryan.

Also on view are original artworks and a poster display: Captain Pugwash – Ahoy Me Hearties! which comprises a merry and colourful display of posters that will drop you into the world of John Ryan's Captain Pugwash books and TV films, treasure maps, sea monsters, sea battles, and Pugwash's arch enemy, the wicked Cut-Throat Jake.

ascpugcrewcheeringFor more information and an entry ticket, please see here or click the link on the right.

This exhibition was previously on show at Ushaw College, Durham.


Current exhibitions

King's building foyer exhibition

F D Maurice: A Life at King's

The current display in the Entrance Hall celebrates the life of Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), former Professor of Theology at King's and one of the most prominent theologians of the modern Anglican Church.

In the mid-19th century, he became the spiritual leader of the influential ‘Christian Socialism’ movement. In this capacity and in the course of his life’s work, he strove to create a brand of Anglicanism that could overcome what he saw as the major challenges of the age – a divided society and a dwindling interest in the moral guidance of Christianity.

However, simultaneously radical and conservative, Maurice’s arguments were sometimes confusing and he was never far from controversy. One particularly notable controversy occurred wduring his professorship at King’s. In November 1853, the College Council expelled him from the university, citing the ‘dangerous’ tendencies of his newly published Theological Essays.

This display tells the story of his expulsion from King’s, and reveals as much about the changing place of religion at the university as it does about the life of this influential but controversial religious thinker.

The display was curated by MA World History student Edward Ashcroft. An online version is also available to view.

Permanent displays

Displays of items from the College Archives are on view in the Student Informal Study Space and foyer of the Physics department offices.  Access to some of these areas is controlled.

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