Queen's College, Cambridge

Tuesday 5 May 2015

Last weekend I made a rare trip out of London to meet family in Cambridge. My younger cousin has just turned eighteen, so we had a get together to celebrate in Cambridge - where he's also got an offer to study medicine at Queen's College (did I mention he's really clever?) I severely underestimated my fortitude against the cold and so my camera remained in my bag for most of the day - until I conveniently managed to grab myself an extra jumper from the sales and stopped shivering for about as long as it took to make a quick walk around the college. It's one of the oldest colleges in the university, with some of the buildings dating from as early as the mid-1400s, and they're all beautiful examples of architecture, tagged onto and complementing each other despite their differing styles. I particularly loved seeing the famous sundial - though there's no real record of who designed it, it's one of the best known in the world; as well as the hour, it tells the month, the zodiac sign, the hours of sunlight in the day and the time of sunrise. It was first installed in 1642! As it was a Sunday, we didn't have too much time - I'm hoping to get back into the city to have a look at the museums, particularly the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Scott Polar Research Institute.

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