The 2009 Fund was conceived as a way for student societies, departments, and Colleges to create their own 800th Anniversary projects. A fund was created and applications were invited over three rounds (Michaelmas 2007, Lent 2008, and Michaelmas 2008). Most grants were for amounts up to £5000, but larger scale collaborative projects could apply for larger sums. While projects that involved partnerships with the local community were encouraged, grants were also made exclusively to Colleges, Departments and student societies registered with the Societies Syndicate. In total, 41 projects were supported through the 2009 fund, these are listed below, with brief descriptions and weblinks.
Access Cambridge Archaeology
Community pit digs took place in several villages around Cambridge, uncovering artefacts from over 800 years ago and providing valuable insight into the local area at the time of the University’s founding.
An 800th Anniversary Royal Variety Performance took place featuring well known alumni. HRH Prince Edward was in attendance in his capacity as patron of the ADC Redevelopment Appeal.
The Department of Architecture and EMBS organised a photographic architectural audit and associated digital web based map of the University in its 800th year. Architecture students were asked to take photographs of College buildings. The images are available to other departments and Colleges within the University, as well as schools.
Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and John Woolrich, each commissioned a young composer to write a new work for each concert in the Britten Sinfonia at Lunch series. The Cambridge concerts were recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Cambridge AWiSE presented a series of outreach lectures highlighting the past, present and future of women in science at Cambridge.
Cambridge Contemporary Dance
Cambridge Contemporary Dance celebrated the 800th Anniversary through an experimental performance that explored the history of the University through collaboration between the dance, music and choral communities. The performance took place in the Senate House.
Cambridge Cantat 800: A Festival of Cambridge Choirs
A festival around Easter that celebrated and showcased the rich choral tradition of the University, with concerts, workshops, broadcasts and educational projects, including free public events, schools participation and a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast.
Catering Managers (Colleges and University Centre)
The College catering managers expanded their annual competition to include participants from local catering colleges. The competition had an 800th Anniversary theme.
Christ’s College Artist in residence, Issam Kourbaj, created a multi-layered puzzle (palimpsest) showcasing Cambridge’s change over several centuries. The 2009 Fund covered the development costs for this project; Palimpsests are now for sale at the CUP Bookshop.
Clare College Choir
A Five-Gated Well, a new work by Cambridge composer Christopher Brown, was commissioned by Clare College Choir and the Cambridge Music Festival for performance by the choirs of Clare and Trinity Colleges and the Cambridge University Collegium Musicum. The work was a setting of words written by Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, an alumnus of Christ's College and former Chaplain of Clare College. Subsequent performances of the work are being arranged at American universities.
Community Affairs added 800th Anniversary related programmes throughout the year as part of Festival of Ideas, Science Festival, Open Cambridge and Bridge the Gap, as well as generating free-standing 800th Anniversary outreach projects such as 0-800 in 60 minutes.
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
As part of an 800th Anniversary conference showcasing the Humanities at Cambridge, a chaired discussion debate took place on the ‘Two Cultures’. It was staged and recorded for podcast purposes. High profile speakers were be invited to participate.
Cambridge University Eco racing
Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) was a student-led initiative to design and build a solar electric vehicle. It represented Cambridge University in the 2009 World Solar Challenge (WSC), an 1850 mile race across Australia and the world’s premier event for environmentally friendly vehicles. It was the first time the University participated in the race. The project team also raised interest in science and engineering amongst children by visiting schools in the local area and throughout the UK.
Cambridge University Fire Troupe
CU Fire Troupe gave several public performances of a show based on the history of the University as part of the 800th Anniversary Finale.
Cambridge University Graduate Mathematics Society
The Cambridge University Graduate Mathematics Society hosted a celebration of a unique and highly influential Cambridge course - Part III Mathematics. A two day event, Beyond Part III, included research seminars, panel discussions, and public interest lectures. Several videos and a digital walk were also created as part of the event.
Cambridge University International Development
A special 800th Anniversary issue of a magazine, along with an online version, a multimedia launch event including podcasts, film snippets and photo-gallery, and radio programme for CU 1350 were produced exploring the history and future development of University’s role in international development.
Cambridge University Photographic Society
The CU Photographic Society staged an exhibition of student photographs taken recording their lives and the city throughout the 800th Anniversary year.
Cambridge University Quiz Society
The Quiz Society ran an interdepartmental competition for ‘best rounded department in Cambridge’. Topics included questions from the University’s 800 year history. Most Quiz Society events are between Colleges, so an interdepartmental competition was a new venture for the society. The winners, Pure Maths and Mathematical Statistics, won a subsequent competition against a celebrity alumni team at the Summer Garden Party.
Cambridge University Social Anthropology Society
An inaugural edition of the student journal, Imponderabilia, was published, with a focus on joint town/gown issues in the University’s 800th anniversary year. An associated website was produced and the magazine circulated to schools in association with the new Anthropology A level. A second edition is now planned.
Cambridge University Spaceflight
Cambridge University Spaceflight aimed to launch into outer space the first rocket designed and constructed entirely by students. In 2009 they sent a rocket carrying a small high definition camcorder to outer space, capturing the Cambridge University logo against the stunning backdrop of earth. A large school outreach project, the 2009 UK Space Challenge, was also completed.
CUMS Orchestra and Chorus
CUMS commissioned a new piece, The Sorcerer’s Mirror, from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, one of the world's foremost living composers and currently Master of the Queen's Music. It was given its first performance by CUMS I Orchestra and Chorus at a concert in King's College Chapel, with Stephen Cleobury as conductor, and was subsequently performed to a sell-out audience in London.
Department of Archaeology
The Department of Archaeology held an interdisciplinary seminar marking the Anniversary by presenting the challenges of sustainable development in historic cities. Cambridge’s unique architectural heritage presented an ideal case study.
Department of Engineering
A series of events was held to celebrate the bridges of Cambridge and the engineering behind them. A competition was launched to design a new bridge for the river Cam. There were additional community outreach activities during the ‘Bridge the Gap’ charity walk in September 2009.
Endellion String Quartet
The Endellion String Quartet commissioned a set of 800th Anniversary commemorative quartettini from Professor Robin Holloway. The quartettini were performed in Cambridge and elsewhere. Additionally educational workshops and a children’s concert were also supported via the 2009 Fund.
Equality and Diversity
The Equality and Diversity team (HR Division) commissioned a series of profiles entitled Cambridge & Diversity (websites with photographs, and publications in various formats) highlighting how the diversity of Cambridge students has grown over the University’s history. This grant gave them a chance to generate a positive resource for both themselves and other University institutions. Current profiles include Sir Derek Jacobi and Diane Abbott, MP.
A community outreach day was held at the University’s new 800 Wood located in the Madingley Estate. The 800 Wood is open to the public.
Faculty of English
The Faculty of English created an online resource, Cambridge Authors, which celebrates and provides information about eight hundred years of Cambridge literary writing. The website was built by a collaborating team of senior Faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates, who combined to generate an array of text, audio, and video resources on nine Cambridge authors. The website is being promoted to secondary schools through a variety of networks.
Full Blue Racing
Full Blue Racing participated in a student racing competition at Silverstone and a similar event in Germany. The car was entirely student designed and built. This was the first time that the University competed in this event.
Gonville & Caius College Choir
Cambridge composers of different generations contributed to eight psalm settings to be performed as part of the Cambridge Music Festival. Students from local schools were also invited to perform the works.
The Haddon Library ran a competition based on numbers 800, 1209, or 2009 in whatever way entrants chose. The adjudicator has agreed to run writing workshops in 2010 as a result of collaborating on this project.
Lucy Cavendish College
Rooms of Our Own was an exhibition of items spanning several centuries of real and imagined education for women. A schools lecture and e-catalogue were also created.
Magdalene Society of Medievalists
The student-run Magdalene Society of Medievalists held an academic conference embracing four disciplines of Medieval Studies: History, Music, Literature, and Religious Studies. Entitled 'Knowledge and Learning in the Middle Ages: A Conference Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the University of Cambridge', the conference program included papers given by renowned scholars from around the world.
Cambridge Literary Review
The Cambridge Literary Review's first issue, dedicated to Cambridge writing and in celebration of the University's 800th Anniversary, was published in September 2009. It featured work by Stefan Collini, Raymond Geuss, Rebecca Stott and J. H. Prynne. It also contained poetry and prose by current and recently-graduated students and a special feature of over 120 pages on Cambridge's recent and often controversial poetical history. A second issue has already been produced using profits from the first edition.
This was the first collaboration between Wordfest and a Cambridge College, and involved talks and a schools event. The relationship continues to flourish with Newnham College contributing to further events.
Physical Education (Fenners)
Physical Education organised a large-scale outreach programme celebrating town/gown cooperation and rivalry in sport over 800 years, with taster sessions of various sports and family fun day for staff and the local community. As a result of this event, the Physical Education department has identified areas where there is staff demand for additional sport programmes, and has already implemented new pilates classes.
The Sedgwick Museum commissioned the production of Under the Floorboards, a street theatre piece highlighting lives of prominent Cambridge geologists. The script included a range of academic concepts across various disciplines and characters included Sedgwick, Darwin, Henslow and Whewell. The production is now touring the UK.
SeeK (Science and Engineering Experiments for Kids)
SeeK created a website providing guided walks and associated thought experiments highlighting influential Cambridge thinkers and the ideas they promoted. The website is called Cambridge Creators.
The Faraday Institute, St. Edmund's College
The Faraday Institute commissioned a high quality dramatic production based on the life and writings of Isaac Newton using verbatim sources. The dramatization was presented several times in Cambridge and in other UK university cities, along with a tour of the USA. The play was favourably reviewed in New Scientist and Science Magazines.
Triple Helix, a student-run science magazine, created a special 800th Anniversary edition exploring the history and influence of Cambridge science. The magazine was distributed to partner universities world-wide as well as to schools.
Cambridge Consultations was a six-term series of events including public debates, lectures and workshops tackling issues of contemporary concern. They explored what faith has to contribute to some of the most pressing challenges of our day. High profile speakers included the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Using as a focus the 800th Anniversary, the museums worked together to create a programme of museum-related activities celebrating the University's internationally important collections and the collectors, researchers and teachers who have contributed to them throughout the University's history.
• 800th Anniversary trading cards game featuring artefacts from Cambridge museums
• 800th Anniversary Museums Fair: Mayday Bank Holiday weekend 2009
• Outreach activities at the Summer Garden Party
• 800th Anniversary early evening openings
Activities were designed to raise awareness of, and celebrate, the richness and diversity of the collections and the key role they have played, and continue to play, in research, teaching, and life-long learning.