Visit the University of Cambridge this summer

The west end of King's College Chapel seen fro...

The west end of King’s College Chapel seen from The Backs. Clare College Old Court is on the left. A group of people punting along the River Cam can be seen in the foreground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The work of the Henry Brothers in bringing English language poems and stories to schools in Turkey is sponsored by our employers Cambridge University Press and the Turkish distributor Dunya Aktuel.

Many of our contacts in Turkey spend part of the summer escorting groups of students to summer schools in the UK and often ask for advice on the University of Cambridge, the second oldest university in the world (founded in 1209), always ranked in the top five and often rated the best.

The university now consists of its 31 colleges (the oldest being  Peterhouse (1284) with most founded in the 14th and 15th centuries. So there is much to see, including one of England’s most iconic buildings, the Chapel of Kings College built in 1438, the grand courtyard of St John’s, the medieval court of Corpus Christi, and any many more. We suggest you take a guide to tell you the incredible stories of students and scholars past and present from Darwin and Newton through to the discoverers of DNA. (You can see the laboratory where they did their research and have a beer in The Eagle, the pub where they announced their findings to the world!).

As well as the colleges the University has the following nine museums and collections that are open to the public including:

    • The centerpiece of the University’s collections, the highly acclaimed Fitzwilliam Museum of art, Centred on the Fitzwilliam collection of paintings by Dutch and Italian masters including Titian, Veronese and Rembrandt the Fitzwilliam has been praised by the director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC as “the finest small museum in Europe”.
    • The beautiful old house of Kettle’s Yard houses the University’s modern art collections including on the private collection of Jim Ede, former owner of the house and former curator of Britain’s most famous modern art museum, the Tate Gallery in London.
    • The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology showing nearly two million years of human history, on all six inhabited continents, from a 1.8 million year old African stone tool right up to modern times, including many objects collected by the great explorer Captain James Cook.
    • Yet another beautiful building holds the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences – fossils, rocks and minerals from around the world illustrate more than 550 million years of the Earth’s history.
    • The Cambridge University Botanic Garden a large park full of plants from all over the world, the Gardens are also a concert venue in the summer.
    • The Scott Polar Research Institute journals, paintings, photographs, clothing, equipment, maps illustrate the story of the Earth’s coldest places.

Please see the Summer at the Museums listing for more information about events this summer and now or in the future we advise you to look at the university’s What’s On listing of events for the public.

And most of all we hope to see you in Cambridge, if not this summer then sooner rather than later.

  • Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1951, Fitzwilli...

    Henry Moore, Reclining Figure, 1951, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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About The Henry Brothers

We are English teachers involved in ELT publishing in Turkey, and also touring the country giving workshops and presentations to English teachers, mainly on the use of poetry, storytelling and other lively activities in the classroom. We can be contacted by e-mail to istanbuljohnm@hotmail.co.uk.
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