The Time and The Place: A Campaign for Pembroke

Pembroke is embarking upon the most significant expansion of the College since our foundation. 

The Time and the Place campaign is our effort to raise a minimum of £90 million in order to realise the vision for an enhanced Pembroke scholarly community on the south side of Mill Lane, right by the medieval site.  Above all, it is about our shared goal to create the best possible environment to attract the best minds here and nurture their excellence so that they can go out and change the world.

Support Our Campaign

Every gift matters, and the College is grateful. It is possible to give tax-efficiently from a number of countries or to get involved with this transformational project in numerous other ways. This page illustrates how.

The Campaign

The Dolby family have offered Pembroke an extraordinary opportunity and our campaign aims to seize this moment: this is the place, and now is the time.

The Mill Lane Project

The redevelopment of the Mill Lane site will meet a long-held objective that the scholarly environment of Pembroke should be able to meet its academic ambition.

Latest News

4 Mill Lane is officially open!

We are delighted to announce that 4 Mill Lane is officially open and being put to good use by the students of Pembroke’s Cambridge Summer Programme.

The Programme accepts university students from around the world and provides them with a taste of a Cambridge education. For the first time since the pandemic began, Pembroke is welcoming back these students in person. In previous years, it was necessary for Pembroke to partner with other colleges to aid in teaching and accommodating students. 2022 will be the first year that Pembroke is able to undertake this independently.

“The Pembroke Cambridge Summer Programme is now in full swing and we are delighted to have our first group of students enjoying the teaching room facilities at 4 Mill Lane. It’s the first summer where all students are living in Pembroke accommodation and all teaching is delivered on-site, so our students can enjoy a fully authentic Pembroke experience during their time here” said Pembroke’s Director of International Programmes, Dr Daniela Passolt. “Having our own teaching space so close to the main College site and International Programmes Office has helped us to run our programme much more efficiently. We are so excited to be in 4 Mill Lane and are looking forward to hosting our programmes here over the coming years.”

Pembroke is hosting over 200 international students for its first solo summer programme, an impressive number during a pandemic, with factors such as an increase in cancellations due to Covid cases, and much uncertainty about quarantining and steep flight prices. Rosie Lawrence, Director of the Pembroke Cambridge Summer Programme, was thrilled to be surmounting these obstacles: “There has been a lot of change in the International Programmes Department since the pandemic and we have really missed having students with us in Pembroke. It’s been absolutely wonderful returning to normality and welcoming students to Cambridge again and we are looking forward to welcoming even more in the future.”

4 Mill Lane may already be familiar to some as the former home of the University’s Board of Graduate Studies, where postgraduates would drop off their PhDs for assessment in the letterbox by the (in)famous red door. Repurposing this University building has given Pembroke the best of both worlds. It pays homage to historic architecture by restoring original timber and tiled floors, but also boasts flexible new teaching spaces with multifunctional rooms and modern finishes, such as acoustic plaster finishes to the ceiling and flush-mounted magnetic whiteboards and digital screens, to deliver an excellent learning environment. 4 Mill Lane also enjoys a Recital Room for performances (currently used for teaching), which has been funded by one of our generous donors. The room will be kitted out with a premium Steinway to enable recitals from world-class performers and skilled students and Fellows alike.

Going forward, 4 Mill Lane will be the “Learning and Wellbeing Centre” and will welcome its first cohort of Pembroke scholars in Michaelmas 2022.

Student Experience

Pembroke students explain the benefits of the Mill Lane redevelopment for both undergraduates and graduates. (more…)

  • 1347

    College Founded

    On Christmas Eve 1347, the College was founded by Marie de St Pol.
    The historic core of the College still stands on its original site.

  • 1665

    The Chapel

    Pembroke’s Chapel is the first completed work of Sir Christopher
    Wren, and the first chapel in Cambridge or Oxford in the classical style.

  • 1670

    Ivy Court

    The Hitcham Building, on the south side of Ivy Court, contains the
    Thomas Gray Room, where poet Thomas Gray and William Pitt the Younger both lived.

  • 1878

    The Library

    Alfred Waterhouse designed the Library, Red Buildings and the present Hall.

  • 1881

    New Court

    New Court was designed by George Gilbert Scott Junior, who was also
    responsible for saving the Old Library from demolition in 1880.

  • 1997

    Foundress Court

    Foundress Court is currently home to the Henry Moore sculpture
    Figure in a Shelter (1983).

  • 2017

    The Time and The Place Campaign Launch

    Mill Lane provides the opportunity for the most significant expansion
    of the College since our Foundation.

  • 2019

    We’re in…!

    Pembroke has officially moved into the first buildings on the Mill Lane site!

  • 2020

    Demolition begins

    The demolition and renovation phase of the Mill Lane

    development begins.