Round Church Scriptorium
C A M B R I D G E
ORA ET LABORA
Round Church Scriptorium values scholars by serving graduates and faculty of Cambridge University
through genuine hospitality, vibrant community, and space for meaningful conversation & scholarship.
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 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 of ‘Hospital of St. Johns’ (later site for St. John’s College) would minister with hospitality to the weary traveler. Given the transient nature of Cambridge, the academic experience for many can be pressure-driven, isolating and fragmenting, affecting the health of the scholars' intellectual life and scholarship. To address this reality, the Round Church Scriptorium still maintains the practice of a wayfarers chapel by hosting the graduate and faculty community through our tailored daily schedule, the Liturgy of the Hours.
Liturgy of the Hours
An integrated structure of time accountability, communal work, and interdisciplinary conversation,
designed to serve and encourage scholars who are seeking to complete their writing projects
for the duration of their university experience.
Friendly service provided during the framework of study;
desks hold one plug socket & two USB ports;
tea and coffee served during breaks;
lunch served by staff on Mondays;
shelving for book storage;
no fee required
Food & fellowship with others representing a diversity of disciplines;
small discussion groups for interdisciplinary cross-fertilisation;
no religious affiliation is necessary in order to join;
cIty centre location
Productivity & discipline in reaching individual set goals of writing and research;
staff offer assistance both intellectually and personally;
scholars are able to provide seminars on their subject;
reserved for graduates and faculty of Cambridge
We are open Monday - Friday; 9am - 5:00pm. Formal communal writing days take place on Monday, Wedneday, Thursday, and Friday.
Tuesday - no booking necessary, but the space is still available for use. You're welcome to join us, but places are limited each day.
Please contact David Illman for booking a desk:
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