A Portrait of Gonville & Caius College

A Portrait of Gonville & Caius College celebrates two anniversaries in the long history of one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of Cambridge. The College was first founded by Edmund Gonville in 1348 and then founded a second time by Dr John Caius in 1558.

This illustrated history opens with a brilliant encapsulation of the story of the College's growth and development from 1348 to 2008, written by the master historian of Caius, Professor Christopher Brooke. This introduction is followed by a breathtaking panorama of images of Caius in the twenty-first century. Dan White shows us the College through fresh eyes. He delights in contrasting ancient traditions with irrepressible youth and portrays a vibrant community of students, fellows, staff and benefactors, all contributing in their own way to the multi-faceted life of the College. Dan's unforgettable images are perfectly complemented by the photographs of College President, Professor Wei-Yao Liang, who captures the subtle beauty of the College through its many moods and seasons.

Buildings alone do not make a College, no matter how beautiful they may be; and yet they provide a vital support for this powerful intellectual community that renews itself year after year. Caius is a living continuum of study, contemplation, enquiry and expression stretching in an unbroken line all the way back to the Middle Ages.

Published1 September 2008