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Archive Image of the Month

Let Selwyn's Archivist, Elizabeth Stratton, give you a taster of the College Archives. Every month Elizabeth selects a particularly interesting piece from the archives and provides an insight into its history and significance. 

 Archive Image of the Month – August 2018

Illustrations by Hugh Bamford Cott - Selwyn College Fellow from 1945-1967

Archive Image 70 August 2018

The distinguished former Selwyn student and Fellow Hugh Bamford Cott (SE 1922) was an eminent British zoologist, a skilled scientific photographer and a gifted artist. He is famous for his ground-breaking research on military camouflage in WW2.

The Gloucester-based Nature in Art Gallery and Museum will host an exhibition of Cott’s work 'Life, Lines & Illusion' from 25 September to 21 October 2018. This owl illustration, from the college art collection held here at Selwyn, is one of five outstanding pieces included in this unique exhibition of Cott’s work highlighting a life of exploration and observation, recorded in drawings, writings and photographs. For more details go to:

Selwyn alumni are invited to visit the exhibition at a viewing on Saturday 29 September. For more information and to book go to the alumni website events page.

Cott produced an extraordinary and extensive portfolio of work which has been donated to Cambridge University’s Museum of Zoology, from the Cott family in New Zealand. They have also given the Museum copyright to most of Cott’s work.

As always, any questions about the College Archives can be directed to the Archivist on We are always grateful to hear from members of college about any photographs and memories you may have of your time at Selwyn and they can also be uploaded directly here:

Previous archive images can be seen here:

Elizabeth Stratton, August 2018


The Archivist is always delighted to arrange Archive visits and to receive Selwyn memorabilia, photos and stories. To contact Elizabeth Stratton, please email:



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