Gesta Asnacorum is an irreverent and scurrilous publication generated by the students at irregular intervals during the course of an academic year. The last (but sometimes the first) issue of the year is traditionally distributed at the ASNC Garden Party in June. It is not always clear to senior members of the Department who is to be held responsible.
The publication originated in the mid-1980s. Original issues from that period are scarce, and highly sought-after. Many items have achieved cult status.
A collected edition of the first ten years of Gesta Asnacorum was published in 1997:
Historia Asnacorum: Gesta Asnacorum, 1985-1995: the First Ten Years, ed. Richard Fairhurst (Cambridge: Department of ASNC, 1997).
A collected edition of the next ten years of Gesta Asnacorum is in preparation:
Historia Asnacorum: Gesta Asnacorum, 1995-2005: Another Ten Years, ed. Bryn Jones (Cambridge: Department of ASNC, forthcoming). The second series will contain an appendix of issues accidentally omitted from the first.