Impact is central to the mission of the University of Cambridge. For over 800 years, we have contributed to society through education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence. Our world-leading research underpins a huge range of innovations which create prosperity, improve quality of life, protect the environment and enrich our culture.

Here we present a selection of case studies to show how Cambridge research has changed the world.



The York Mystery Plays in performance

Medieval Mystery Plays are brought vividly to life for modern audiences through research that sheds light on how the plays were originally performed and makes the text accessible to all.

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Saving Herculaneum

The Cambridge-led Herculaneum Conservation Project is helping preserve this extraordinary Roman town for future generations and providing a model of best practice for archaeological sites throughout the world.

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