‘The Literature of the Liberation - The French Experience in Print 1944-1946′

Cambridge University Library, Milstein Exhibition Centre

7 May-11 October 2014
Monday to Friday 09.00-18.00, Saturday 09.00-16.30, Sunday closed, Admission free

This exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris and shows some of the books that were published, mainly in France, after August 1944 and before the end of 1946, on the subjects of the Second World War, the German Occupation of France starting in 1940, and the country’s Liberation by the Allies in 1944-1945.

Beautiful books began to be published immediately after the Liberation of Paris in August 1944 even though the war was still being fought in France. Once Paris was free and the Vichy government had collapsed there was no longer censorship, and it is the immediacy of this response and the quality of the books themselves that makes this period so interesting. The wide availability of fine, handmade papers at the end of the War is one of the discoveries of this collection.

Many of the volumes are association copies with important dedications, but it is the books themselves that are evidence of the importance that the French people attached to publishing accounts of their experiences during the crisis that had befallen France.

See Cambridge University Library website for Literature of the Liberation exhibition

This exhibition will travel to the Grolier Club, New York in January 2015.

‘Machu Picchu & the Camera. Photographs by Hiram Bingham, Martin Chambi, Charles Chadwyck-Healey’

An exhibition of photographs held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in 2002, afterwards travelling to The British Museum, the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia, the Cambridge University of Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Royal Geographical Society.

A catalogue with the same title with text by Hugh Thomson was published by The Penchant Press, 2002.