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New Medical School and Humphrey Museum Downing Street

New Medical School and Humphry Museum, Downing Street

History of New Medical School and Humphrey Museum

Downing Street: Humphry Museum and University Bicycle Club

A detailed description of the Cambridge Medical School building which was designed in 1899 can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Medical_School_building

The inscription on the window facing Tennis Court Road is described in Cambridge Inscriptions Explained by Nancy Gregory (2006).

Medical School inscription, Downing Street

DANS LES CHAMPS DE L’OBSERVATION LE HASARD NE FAVORISE QUE LES ESPRITS PRÉPARÉS

Where observation is concerned, chance favours only the prepared mind

These are words of Louis Pasteur and the architect was Edward Prior, who believed that inscriptions made buildings more intelligible to the passer-by. The inscription was the very first professional assignment of Eric Gill.

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1913: Anatomical Museum etc

John Chaplin, porter

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