What's on

What’s on at the Bodleian Libraries brings together the wide-ranging activities taking place in the Libraries. Whether you visit an exhibition or a display, attend an event or a lecture, go on a guided tour, or visit our Shop, you will find an opportunity to discover our distinguished collections, magnificent buildings and informative programmes.

Moroccan Zouaq Painting: A Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Trust event

Workshops; Free events

13 February 2015

The rich colours and intricate patterns of Zouaq, can be found on ceilings, doors and furniture throughout Morocco. This traditional painting is composed of geometric…

The life and legacy of Dr John Radcliffe

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 January 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Remembering Radcliffe: 300 years of science and philanthropy . For general enquiries about this event, please contact Wilma Minty ,…

Founding the Radcliffe Observatory

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 January 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Remembering Radcliffe: 300 years of science and philanthropy . For general enquiries about this event, please contact Wilma Minty ,…

The Architecture of the Radcliffe Camera

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 February 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Remembering Radcliffe: 300 years of science and philanthropy . For general enquiries about this event, please contact Wilma Minty ,…

Dr John Radcliffe amidst the Augustan literary wits

Lectures and talks; Free events

11 February 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Remembering Radcliffe: 300 years of science and philanthropy . The talk will be followed by questions and answers. For general…

The Cavaleri Quartet

Performances; Free events

15 February 2015

Performance accompanying the exhibition Remembering Radcliffe: 300 years of science and philanthropy . The Quartet was a recipient of the Radcliffe Chamber Music Residency at…

Printing, sculpture, and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 February 2015

Dr Oren Margolis, Departmental Lecturer in Early Modern History at Somerville College, Oxford, discusses the mysterious Hypnerotomachia Poliphili , the exquisitely illustrated Renaissance book published…

Aldus Manutius: The Struggle and the Dream

Displays; Free events

8 January 2015 — 22 February 2015

Aldus Manutius ( c. 1450-1515) is a towering figure in the history of the book. He and his partners established the Aldine Press in Venice…

Unlocking the Secrets of 4.5 Billion Pages

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 January 2015

An HathiTrust Research Center Update This seminar provides an update on the recent developments and activities of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). The HTRC is…

Missionaries and Religious Print Culture in Canada

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 February 2015

Bibles and religious literature were an integral part of Canadian society and culture between 1830 and 1900. This period saw increased distribution of bibles and…

Early English Books Hackfest

Free events; Special events

9 March 2015

The Bodleian Libraries are hosting a one-day hackfest celebrating the release of 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online project into the public domain.…

Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries

Exhibitions; Free events

21 March 2015 — 20 September 2015

In over four centuries the Bodleian Libraries have assembled, through gift and purchase, an unparalleled collection of books and manuscripts that can be called works…

Competition: Early English Books Ideas Hack

Free events; Special events

16 February 2015 — 2 April 2015

The Bodleian Libraries are hosting an Ideas Hack to celebrate the release of 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online project into the public…

Engraved Throughout: Pine's Horace (1733) as a Bibliographical Object

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 April 2015

The Lyell Lectures 2015 Michael F. Suarez, S.J. , Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia The Reach of Bibliography: Looking Beyond Letterpress in Eighteenth-Century…

Proliferating Images: Diagrams of the Slave Ship Brookes (1789)

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 May 2015

The Lyell Lectures 2015 Michael F. Suarez, S.J. , Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia The Reach of Bibliography: Looking Beyond Letterpress in Eighteenth-Century…

True Colours: A Natural History of Louis Renard's Poissons (1719)

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 April 2015

The Lyell Lectures 2015 Michael F. Suarez, S.J. , Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia The Reach of Bibliography: Looking Beyond Letterpress in Eighteenth-Century…

Singular Multiples: Comprehending the General Evening Post (1754-86)

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 May 2015

The Lyell Lectures 2015 Michael F. Suarez, S.J. , Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia The Reach of Bibliography: Looking Beyond Letterpress in Eighteenth-Century…

Naming Names: Underwriting Patronage in Tonson's Cćsar (1712)

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 May 2015

The Lyell Lectures 2015 Michael F. Suarez, S.J. , Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia The Reach of Bibliography: Looking Beyond Letterpress in Eighteenth-Century…

Abridging Histories: Capt. James Cook and the Voyages of Reading (1784)

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 May 2015

The Lyell Lectures 2015 Michael F. Suarez, S.J. , Director, Rare Book School, University of Virginia The Reach of Bibliography: Looking Beyond Letterpress in Eighteenth-Century…

The Weston Library: a new chapter for the Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 March 2015

Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, talks about the Weston Library development within the context of the building's history.…

The Transformation of the New Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 March 2015

Jim Eyre, Principal at Wilkinson Eyre the architects leading the library's redevelopment, tells the story of the building's architectural transformation.…

The Weston Library and Special Collections

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 March 2015

Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries, talks about the world-class collections held in the Weston Library.…

Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of Bodleian Libraries

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 March 2015

Stephen Hebron, Curator of the Marks of Genius exhibition, provides a background to this spectacular exhibition.…

Oxford University Archives

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 March 2015

Simon Bailey, Keeper of Archives, tells the story of the University of Oxford's historic archives.…

Western Medieval Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 March 2015

Martin Kauffman, Head of Rare and Early Collections at the Bodleian Libraries, describes some of the Bodleian's most treasured medieval manuscripts.…

The Weston Library: a new chapter for the Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 March 2015

Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, talks about the Weston Library development within the context of the building's history.…

The Weston Library and Special Collections

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 March 2015

Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries, talks about the world-class collections held in the Weston Library.…

The Bay Psalm Book

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 March 2015

Diarmaid McCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, tells the story of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in British North America.…

Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of Bodleian Libraries

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 March 2015

Stephen Hebron, Curator of the Marks of Genius exhibition, provides a background to this spectacular exhibition.…

Oriental Collections in the Bodleian Library

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 March 2015

Gillian Evison, Head of the Bodleian Libraries' Oriental Section, describes some of the Bodleian's most treasured oriental collections.…

Failed Hybrid or Bold Experiment?: Giles Gilbert Scott's Design for the New Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 March 2015

David Lewis, a leading authority on Giles Gilbert Scott, discusses the original architectural design for the New Bodleian.…

The palimpsest of a precolonial Mexican manuscript

Lectures and talks; Free events

31 March 2015

Less than twenty precolonial Mesoamerican codices survived the conquest of the Americas and the subsequent ravages of time. Three of these, together with a number…

Weston Library opening weekend tours

Tours; Special events

21 March 2015

Behind the scenes at the Bodleian Libraries: a weekend of discovery to celebrate the public opening of the Weston Library This exclusive tour of the…

Weston Library opening weekend tours

Tours; Special events

22 March 2015

Behind the scenes at the Bodleian Libraries: a weekend of discovery to celebrate the public opening of the Weston Library This exclusive tour of the…

The Art of Dress

Displays; Free events

26 February 2015 — 26 April 2015

This display of Western printed books about dress from the Bodleian Library will range from Cesare Vecellio's 1598 chronicle of world clothing, Habiti antichi et…

Building a Library

Displays; Free events

21 March 2015 — 17 May 2015

This display tells the history of the Bodleian Libraries' major library building on the north side of Broad Street, from its planning and construction as…

Marginal Malone

Conferences & symposia; Free events

26 June 2015

A symposium by the Yale Programme in the History of the Book and the Bodleian Libraries Centre for the Study of the Book Speakers include:…

Space, place and landscape in the history of communications

Conferences & symposia; Free events

16 June 2015

This symposium considers the impact of space, place, and landscape upon communications systems and their heritage from 1700 to the present day. The symposium is…

Oxford Figures: 800 years of the mathematical sciences

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 April 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . In this illustrated talk Professor Robin Wilson shall…

The Trade in Printed Books: an ingenious innovation that changed the Western World

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 April 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . What distinguishes the first printed book from its…

Four centuries of Chinese book collecting

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 May 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . The Bodleian has a longer continuous history of…

New Sappho and new libraries

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 May 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . A new papyrus published last year of Sappho's…

Writing The Hobbit: a perilous quest!

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 May 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . In this talk Stuart Lee will look at…

Painted by numbers: decoding Ferdinand Bauer's Flora Graeca colour code

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 June 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . Outside of the natural sciences, the work of…

The Savile Library

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 June 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . Henry Savile (1549-1622) founded at Oxford in 1619…

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - more than just a composer

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 June 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . Over the last few decades people have begun…

Pieces of the jigsaw: history through the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

Lectures and talks; Free events

24 June 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera is…

Marks on canvas, stone, wood and paper: the Genius of the Bodleian Portrait Collection

Lectures and talks; Free events

1 July 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . The Bodleian Picture Gallery, founded in the 17th…

Distinguishing Marks of Genius

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 July 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . What do geniuses have in common, across the…

Mr Douce steps into the nursery and lingers...

Lectures and talks; Free events

27 May 2015

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries . Some dozen items bequeathed to the Bodleian Library…

Exploring digital collections and data: innovative experiments and future opportunities at the British Library

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 April 2015

Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected for researchers to use such as digitized manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps,…

Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin's Lost Daguerreotypes

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 June 2015

The Bodleian Library is delighted to present a lecture by Ken Jacobson marking the appearance of a book published by Bernard Quaritch and written by…

Literature and Electoral Culture in the First Age of Party Politics

Displays; Free events

1 May 2015 — 28 June 2015

The late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries witnessed the birth of party politics, the rise of contested elections, and aggressive electioneering, as prominent aspects of…

Magna Carta 800

Displays; Free events

21 May 2015 — 28 June 2015

This display marks the anniversary of the Great Charter agreed on 15 June 1215 between King John and his barons at Runnymede near Windsor. The…

A Meteorological Miscellany

Displays; Free events

15 May 2015

A one-day display of historic manuscripts relating to weather observation. The mini exhibition has been set up to coincide with a meeting being held by…

Beauty and the Victorians

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 June 2015

'Buying beauty in the Victorian period' Dr Jessica Clark looks at the Victorian beauty industry, and the transition from disapproval of artifice to a celebration…

Digital scholarship: Intersection, Scale, and Social Machines

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 May 2015

Today we are witnessing several shifts in scholarly practice, in and across multiple disciplines, as researchers embrace digital techniques to tackle established questions in new…

From cosmopolitan exploration to colonial penetration: Germany and the colonial turn in the cartography of Africa

Lectures and talks; Free events

11 June 2015

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography 22nd Annual Series Rarely has the knowledge about any continent changed so dramatically within just a century than that of…

Introducing the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 June 2015

Cultural heritage materials from research libraries, museums, and archives are increasingly becoming available online. Users have moved from wanting to simply access materials online to…

It's a kind of magic: early results from Analytical Imaging in Bodleian Libraries

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 June 2015

The fields of digital imaging and spectroscopic analysis are increasingly converging into a developing specialization of Analytical Imaging. Historically photography was employed to give the…

Lapis Lazuli: Myth, Matter and Majesty

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 June 2015

This lecture and demonstration will be an exploration of the myths, mistakes, and facts about lapis lazuli and the pigment, genuine ultramarine. The intention is…

Trunk to tail: linking ElEPHăTs through the Semantic Web

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 June 2015

The HathiTrust Digital Library offers a broad collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership…

Try your hand at using our printing press

Family events; Free events

4 July 2015 — 29 August 2015

Our replica Moxon printing press is on display in Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library. On Saturdays over the summer visitors can come and watch…

Dalí, Tenniel and Printing Alice

Displays; Free events

1 July 2015 — 23 August 2015

Celebrating 150 years of printing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , this display presents the curious story of the first editions, and two of its great…

Alice's Day at the Weston Library

Family events; Free events

4 July 2015

Come and join us at the Weston Library for our Alice's Day celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in…

Samuel Johnson and Shakespeare

Displays; Free events

3 July 2015 — 6 September 2015

On 10 October 1765 Samuel Johnson published his edition of Shakespeare's plays. This display reveals how this long-delayed project, by Johnson and his friend, the…

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Performances; Special events

21 July 2015 — 2 August 2015

The Bodleian Library and the Oxford Playhouse are delighted to be welcoming back the Globe Theatre on Tour this July to perform Much Ado About…

Big Draw Launch 2015

Family events; Free events; Special events

19 September 2015

Join Philip Pullman and Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate, to launch the 2015 Big Draw Festival at the Weston Library. International drawing festival The Big Draw…

Create a bibliotopia

Workshops; Free events

19 September 2015

Transform the Bodleian into your own dream library. Documentary drawing masterclass with artist Adam Dant, official recorder - in drawings - of the recent General…

Five frames of genius

Workshops; Free events

19 September 2015

Discover digital drawing with animator Angus Dick. Produce and screen a collaborative animation for the Weston Library's big screen using Samsung tablets. Ages 8+…

Gough Map Symposium 2015: Mr Gough's 'curious map' of Britain: old image, new techniques

Conferences & symposia

2 November 2015

A team of specialists report on the application of modern imaging technology to disentangle the Gough Map 's complexities and understand its creation and function.…

The New Boccaccio: Scholar, Scribe, Reader

Conferences & symposia; Free events

23 October 2015

This symposium focuses on a new understanding of Boccaccio , as a scribe and a scholar devoted to the rediscovery and study of the Latin…

Catholic Legacies, 1500-1800: Uncovering Catholic lives and records

Conferences & symposia

16 September 2015

This one-day workshop will explore Britain's rich early modern Catholic heritage through archival and material culture sources. The day will include examination of material in…

Conserving the Ming Maps of China

Displays; Free events

28 August 2015 — 11 October 2015

This fascinating display tells the story of the extensive conservation and technical analysis of the early seventeenth-century Selden Map of China and a contemporary pair…

The Selden Roll: a painted roll from Mexico

Displays; Free events

11 September 2015 — 1 November 2015

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford, the Bodleian Library will display a spectacular painted roll from…

The Genius of Shakespeare

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 September 2015

Blackwell's Bookshop and the Bodleian Libraries are delighted to welcome Stanley Wells to Oxford to talk about William Shakespeare. This is one of a series…

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