|St John's College - one of the many Cambridge colleges from the air - off the internet. Sue and I plan to go to evensong here tonight.|
|The front of Westminster College (URC spent 7.2 million pounds upgrading this in 2011)|
|Our little cottage.|
|The Westminster Library which I am still to explore|
|The desk in our "Garden Cottage"|
|The small chapel at Westminster College|
One evening we went to one called "Sir Isaac Newton". You guessed it - Newton was a student here in the 1600s.
|One of the locals|
|The scientists among you might appreciate this picture on the wall in one room of the Sir Isaac Newton pub.|
You might not think that very important, but without it I wouldn't have been able to get my precious library card that gives me access to the resources of Cambridge. Sue was trying to go into the main university library and they turned her away. When she asked if she could come in with me, they said they didn't think I would be able to get a Cambridge University Library card because Westminster isn't a college of the university. Turns out that because Westminister only teaches theology, it doesn't qualify as a full college. The lesser mortals who study at Westminster don't get the precious library card and are limited to libraries of the Theological Federation. Hence the importance of my "visiting scholar" title.
The class system is alive and well in academia here. One staff member here even talked us through finding our place somewhere between student and staff. It's not often I roll out my "Rev Dr" title, but I can see it will be needed from time to time here.
Having grumbled about the class system and the way people seem so concerned about status, I must say that the staff we have encountered have been extremely helpful in many different ways. I have explored some of the main University Library (which automatically gets a copy of every book published in the UK - part of the way books get copyright here).
I have also found my way to the very small, but practical and helpful Ridley Hall library. This is at the college where Matt McDonald's brother Rob is a tutor. Rob is going to help set me up with some people to interview on my study leave topic. So far I have written the interview questions and listed the people I will see.
The last part of finding our place that I will mention is getting around the town/city. The spring weather has been fine and sunny, though cold. Great walking weather and Sue and I have enjoyed some good exploratory walks around the town. People have advised us to buy bikes and we will explore buying one. Rob and his wife Anna have kindly offered to lend us one for our time here.
Until next week,