Ferrar Forum


Nicholas Ferrar (1592-1637).  Painting by the circle of Cornelius Janssen, 1617.


Welcome to our information page bringing together current scholarship on Magdalene College Old Library’s Ferrar Collection, the ‘Ferrar Forum’.  The Forum is an outcome of Magdalene College’s 2016 conference, ‘Ferrars of Little Gidding‘.

The Ferrar Collection

The Ferrar collection of papers and prints came to the College via Martha Peckard, nee Ferrar, married to Peter Peckard (Master of Magdalene 1781-1797).  It is through this connection that the papers and prints of the Ferrar family, Martha’s ancestors, came to be left to Magdalene.  The collection includes 17th and 18th century documents of the Virginia Compamy; private correspondence of the Ferrar Family (the family associated with Little Gidding, the religious community founded by Nicholas Ferrar the Younger in 1628)l and an exceptionally interesting array of prints mostly on religious topics.

Online Forum

If you wish to discuss particular aspects of the Ferrar Collection with other scholars, please use our ‘Ferrar Forum’ below.

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      A scholarly discussion of the Ferrar Papers at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
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    • Ferrar Prints
      A scholarly discussion of the Ferrar Prints at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
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Next Steps

Our annual internship at Magdalene College Old Library in 2018 will be focused on compiling a collaborative handlist of the Ferrar Paper collection, which we hope will be an informative, user-friendly online document giving information about individual items in the collection.  Once the basic handlist is completed by our summer intern, it will be available for researchers to search and record further information and bibliography about each document, to further scholarly collaboration in this area.

It is hoped that a similar handlist about the Ferrar Prints will follow in due course.