A Private Antiquarian Collection from Corpus Christi College
Decades after the opening of the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1848, and a long time before the establishment of the archaeology museums in Cambridge, the Rev. Samuel Savage Lewis was starting to amass his own private museum in his rooms in Old Court at Corpus Christi College. As Librarian, Lewis had a suite of rather unconventional rooms: with an Early Tudor gallery, a crypt, a barred doorway into St Bene’t’s Church and a narrow spiral staircase with views into the chapel, Lewis’s rooms were perhaps not ideal for displaying and storing an antiquarian collection of over 4,000 objects. But imagining the way that these objects were displayed and the visitors who saw them quickly fascinated me.
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