Sunday, August 30
Here is where my office is in the Faculty of History Building at the University of Cambridge. I know it's not Victorian, but it does date back to the 1960s. It's quite beautiful. Here's the history on it: Faculty of History.
My office is somewhere in the center. I may have the only office without a window in a building made of glass. Originally the room was a janitor's closet, but with the advent of robots, the custodian needed a larger area to store his equipment. The office space is limited due to high demand, so this was the only room available. I spend so little time in my office, that I accepted the offer. It just looks so prestigious to have "Faculty of History Building" on my stationery. The Board of Trustees did get me a nice bronze plaque for my door. I may have the smallest office, but I do have the largest door plaque in the building.
The Faculty of History Building at night. Is it any wonder I wanted an office here?
Posted by Jeanette Bennett at 3:07 PM
Here is a picture of the marvelous old Victorian house I occupy. I live on the third floor which has been converted into an apartment. It's not far from the campus. Dr. Sheridan Wilkins, and his wife Molly, own the house and live in the two floors below. The University of Cambridge pays for my rent. It's a nice arrangement. I get to live in this historic home for free, without having to do upkeep and yardwork, and I have someone to keep an eye on my flat when I'm in the Field.
The Wilkins are nice folks. Sheridan teaches music history at Cambridge and Molly is a piano teacher. They often have visiting musicians staying with them, so I sometimes get a free concert coming up through the floor boards.
I'd like to thank Cindy Funk for giving me a copy of this photo she took while she was staying "down below" with the Wilkins. She's a folk musician and also has a radio show promoting folk music. Here is her website. Cindy Funk
Posted by Jeanette Bennett at 12:51 PM