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A vibrant and organic writing-group community of graduates and faculty within Cambridge
~ Ora et Labora ~

Round Church Scriptorium provides hospitality, community, and promotes scholarship through our LITURGY OF THE HOURS - an integrated structure of communal work and conversation, designed to encourage scholars who are seeking to complete their writing projects during their university experience. The Scriptorium benefits those who desire:
  • HOSPITALITY ~ warm service provided into a structured time of accountability
  • COMMUNITY food and fellowship with others representing a diversity of disciplines
  • SCHOLARSHIP ~ productivity in reaching individual set writing goals of writing and research
Dating from the 6th century, scriptorium means "a place for writing" and refers to a room in medieval European monasteries devoted to the writing, copying and illuminating of manuscripts by monastic scribes. They defined European literary culture and selectively preserved the literary history of the West. Not only had Christian monasteries become the centres of learning throughout Europe, but also the monastic system contributed toward the founding of Cambridge University in 1209. Predating the university, the Round Church (c.1130) originally served as a wayfarers chapel on the main Roman road where a priest from the ‘Hospital of St. Johns’ (later site for St. John’s College) would minister with hospitality to the weary traveler. Given the present transient nature of Cambridge, the academic experience for many can be pressure-driven, isolating, and even dehumanising; factors often affecting the health of the scholars' personhood and scholarship. To address this reality, the 12th century Round Church still maintains the practice of a wayfarers chapel by ministering to the wayfaring scholars of today. 
The Scriptorium is reserved for graduates and faculty, and we welcome those from either a religious background, or a non religious identification. The important thing is that you feel welcome and the environment is condusive for completing your work. Places are limited each day, but if you'd like to join us, please email David Illman for booking a desk: 
  • Monday - Friday, 9am - 5:00pm (From 9am-10am, please knock on the side door).
  • CIty centre location
  • Each desk provides one power socket and two USB ports
  • Lunch provided on Mondays
  • Tea & coffee provided
  • Wi-Fi and copy/printer available
  • Toilets onsite



All:                9.00am          Doors open
All:                9.15-9.25        Liturgy
Scholars:      9.30-11.00      Writing Session 1
All:                11.00-11.30      Tea & Coffee

Scholars:      11.30-1pm      Writing Session 2
All:                 1.00-2.00       Lunch Discussion

Scholars:       2.00-3.15       Writing Session 3

All:                 3.15-3.30       Tea & Coffee

Scholars:       3.30-5.00     Writing Session 4

All:                  5.00pm        Benediction



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