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.


Reforming religion: an intimate history

Through focusing on late Medieval material culture and microhistory, Cambridge historian Professor Eamon Duffy has produced a rich reinterpretation of the traditional role of religion in this enduringly popular – and turbulent – period of English his

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Art looting in the Nazi era

Resolving claims for the return of artworks looted during the Nazi era, 1933-1945, is a complex task. A leading Cambridge historian has been helping to make the process easier.

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America, Empire of Liberty

An award-winning radio series on the history of America, by leading international historian David Reynolds, has made its mark as a masterpiece of broadcasting.

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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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Super Bainite

The result of 30 years of Cambridge research, Super Bainite is the world's first bulk nanostructured metal.

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