Cambridge University is famously associated with a certain spying scandal, politely referred to as the ‘Cambridge Five’. Perhaps in acknowledgment they’re having an intriguing-looking exhibition at the library of espionage related ephemera from the last 900 years.
“A library might seem a strange place for an exhibition of secret service, given its association with guns, fast cars, and high-tech gadgetry,” said intelligence historian Nicholas Hiley, who has lent rare material from his collections for the show.
“But the one thing that both espionage and counter-espionage have depended upon for centuries is paper — for agent reports, ciphers and codes; for maps and plans; for reports on suspects and advice to government; and for the hundreds of thousands of files on which secret service depends.”
They cover everything from a 12th century manuscript about King Alfred entering the Danish camp disguised as a harpist, to cold war surveillance of East Anglia.
Read more hereUnder Covers: Documenting Spies
(closed 2-5 April inclusive) Monday-Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30, Sunday closed
Admission Free I-SPY badge by jovike on flickr Spy print by ocularinvasion on flickr Bonus spying link: an article in the guardian about archaeologist spies. Apparently it’s an excellent cover for doing suspicious things…