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.

Annual Byrne-Bussey Marconi Lecture: Marconi and the Broadcasting Option

Free events

20 April 2013

... Or, When Marconi didn't invent broadcasting Gabriele Balbi (University of Lugano; Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellow, 2012) will speak about the Marconi Company's treatment of two…

EXHIBITION: Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond

Exhibitions; Free events

29 November 2012 — 28 April 2013

Celebrate the beauty of Persian manuscripts, and the stories of human and divine love they tell, in this captivating exhibition featuring more than sixty visually…

Illustrations of early printed ballads

Exhibitions; Free events

17 November 2012 — 21 December 2012

A display of illustrated ballads from the 17th and 18th centuries, featuring heroic and notorious characters, lovers and fighters, divine justice and a valiant apprentice.…

Exhibition: Christ Church Upper Library. Engraved gems and the classical tradition

Exhibitions; Free events

16 January 2013

Exhibition at Christ Church Upper Library. Runs until 3 May 2013 www.chch.ox.ac.uk/library/exhibitions/2013/engraved-gems-and-classical-tradition …

Early English Childhood in the Bodleian Collections

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 January 2013

Lecture to accompany Proscholium case display 'Early English Childhood'…

LECTURE: Sa'di's Love Poetry

Free events

6 March 2013

LECTURE TO ACCOMPANY THE EXHIBITION ‘LOVE AND DEVOTION: FROM PERSIA AND BEYOND’ Speaker: Homa Katouzian (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford) As places are…

Our Debt to Sir Thomas Bodley (1545-1613)

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 January 2013

LECTURE TO MARK THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF SIR THOMAS BODLEY, FOUNDER OF THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY Speaker: David Vaisey CBE (Bodley’s Librarian Emeritus)…

LECTURE: Early Children's Books in the Opie and Other Collections in the Bodleian Library

Free events

7 March 2013

LECTURE TO MARK THE WORLD BOOK DAY 2013 Speaker: Clive Hurst (Head of Rare Books & Printed Ephemera, Bodleian Library) As places are limited to…

DISPLAY: Mexico, from Picture to Print

Displays

23 February 2013

ADMISSION FREE The first printing press in the Americas began operating in what would become Mexico City in 1540, a good hundred years before the…

SEMINAR: Jim Callaghan Remembered: Centenary Reflections on Callaghan, Labour and Britain since 1912

Free events

7 March 2013

A joint event presented by the Bodleian Libraries, the History Faculty, University of Oxford, and Oxford University Press/Dictionary of National Biography marking the life of…

Researching the life of R H Tawney (1880-1962), historian and political thinker

Masterclasses; Free events

21 January 2013

MODERN POLITICAL PAPERS MASTERCLASSES: AUTHORSHIP, MEMORY & MANUSCRIPTS Speaker: Dr Lawrence Goldman (St Peter’s College, Oxford, and editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)…

LECTURE: Historical collections from European religious houses now in the Bodleian Library

Free events

5 March 2013

FRIENDS OF THE BODLEIAN (FOB) LUNCHTIME LECTURE Speaker: Dr Cristina Dondi (Faculty of History and of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford) All are welcome. Wine…

The Military Survey of Scotland (1747-1755): a family affair?

Free events

31 January 2013

THE OXFORD SEMINARS IN CARTOGRAPHY - 20th Annual Series Speaker: Rachel Hewitt (Wolfson College, Oxford) Location: Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford,…

World Book Day LECTURE

Free events

7 March 2013

Clive Hurst (Head of Rare Books & Printed Ephemera, Bodleian Library), Early Children’s Books in the Opie and Other Collections in the Bodleian Library Convocation…

Paddy Bullard, "Bare words not being sufficient ..." OBS Lecture at the Taylor Institution

Free events

25 February 2013

"Bare words not being sufficient ...": Tacit Knowledge and Early-Modern Books Oxford Bibliographical Society Lecture . All welcome. Taylor Institution…

LECTURE: Mexico, from Picture to Print

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 March 2013

Accompanies a display of books and manuscripts from Bodleian collections in the Proscholium, Old Library. …

WORLD BOOK DAY DISPLAY: Shirley Hughes at the Bodleian

Displays; Free events

7 March 2013

To celebrate the acquisition of the Shirley Hughes archive, the Bodleian will mark World Book Day 2013 with a small display of original drawings and…

Autographs Ancient and Modern (The Lyell Lectures 2013)

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 April 2013

Professor Richard Beadle (Cambridge) gives the first of a series of five lectures on 'Aspects of late-medieval English autograph writings' 23 Apr. : ‘Autographs Ancient…

Daniel Wakelin, "Life and Letters"

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 May 2013

Inaugural lecture by the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography Lecture Theatre 2, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford…

Fugitive Pieces:Medieval English Literary Autographs (The Lyell Lectures 2013)

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 April 2013

Professor Richard Beadle (Cambridge) gives the second of five lectures on 'Aspects of late-medieval English autograph writings' T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College, Oxford…

Set Pieces: Medieval English Literary Autographs (The Lyell Lectures 2013)

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 April 2013

Professor Richard Beadle (Cambridge) gives the third of five lectures on 'Aspects of late-medieval English autograph writings' T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College, Oxford…

The Hand of the Family: Medieval English Autograph Letters (The Lyell Lectures 2013)

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 May 2013

Professor Richard Beadle (Cambridge) gives the fourth of five lectures on 'Aspects of late-medieval English autograph writings' T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College, Oxford…

The Hands of Others: Medieval English Autograph Letters (The Lyell Lectures 2013)

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 May 2013

Professor Richard Beadle (Cambridge) gives the fifth of five lectures on 'Aspects of late-medieval English autograph writings' T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College, Oxford …

LECTURE: Richard Wagner - 200 Today

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 May 2013

ADMISSION FREE In addition to the lecture a short Wagner rarity (Kinderkatechismus) will be performed. There will also be a small display of special items…

LECTURE: Behind the Scenes - the Bodleian's Mughal Paintings of Love and Devotion

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 April 2013

ADMISSION FREE Lunchtime lecture to accompany our main exhibition Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond . For details about visiting the exhibition in person,…

LECTURE: Painted Poetry, Persian and Chaghatay, Herat and Bukhara

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 April 2013

ADMISSION FREE Lunchtime lecture to accompany our main exhibition Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond . For details about visiting the exhibition in person,…

LECTURE: Letters from My Father

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 April 2013

ADMISSION FREE For more information about this lunchtime lecture, please visit the Friends of the Bodleian events page .…

DISPLAY: Domestic Interiors in Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts

Displays; Free events

6 April 2013 — 5 May 2013

Illuminated manuscripts constitute a rich resource for the study of representations of domestic interiors. Countless images in manuscripts depict house and household and some of…

LECTURE: A Cartographic Genealogy of Globalism

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 May 2013

The 20th annual series of the Oxford Seminars in Cartography presents a lunchtime lecture 'Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more…

LECTURE: The British as Art Collectors

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 May 2013

ADMISSION FREE For more information about this lecture, please visit the Friends of the Bodleian events page .…

EXHIBITION: Magical Books - From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth

Exhibitions; Free events

23 May 2013 — 27 October 2013

EXCLUSIVE DISPLAY Saturday, 12 October - Sunday, 27 October The rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which was on public display…

LECTURE: Once and Future Arthurs - Arthurian Literature for Children

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 May 2013

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth . …

LECTURE: Books of Magic

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 June 2013

Lunchtime lecture to accompany the exhibition Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth . …

LECTURE: King Arthur Joins the Boy Scouts: Children and Arthurianism 1860-1918

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 June 2013

Lunchtime lecture to accompany the exhibition Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth .…

DISPLAY: Stoicism and its Legacy

Displays; Free events

11 May 2013 — 6 June 2013

The ancient philosophy of Stoicism has been a perennial influence on Western thought. The 16th century in particular saw a concerted effort to revive Stoicism…

DISPLAY: Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2013

Displays; Free events

11 June 2013 — 10 August 2013

Following the success of the first International Bookbinding Competition, held in 2009, the Bodleian Library and Designer Bookbinders with the generous support of Sir Paul…

LECTURE: Stoicism and its Legacy

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 June 2013

Lecture to accompany the display Stoicism and its Legacy .…

MASTER CLASSES: The Jewish Library: The Material History of Four Jewish Classic Texts

Masterclasses; Free events

29 April 2013

THE CATHERINE LEWIS MASTER CLASSES 2013 with Dr David Stern (University of Pennsylvania) Convenor: Dr César Merchán Hamann (OCHJS/ The Bodleian) Classes take place beginning…

MASTER CLASS: The Cadiz Expedition (1596) and censorship in Elizabethan England

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 May 2013

Dr Anders Ingram (National University of Ireland) looks at evidence of removal of pages, or insertion of later pirated versions, in copies of Richard Hakluyt's…

DISPLAY: 'Binsey Poplars' manuscripts on display for one day only

Displays; Free events

9 May 2013

A one-day display showing for the first time together the five surviving manuscripts of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem 'Binsey Poplars'. These include the last draft…

Alice's Day

Family events; Free events

6 July 2013

View a display of Salvador Dali's mixed media illustrations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in the Divinity School. At 1pm jump down the rabbit hole…

PERFORMANCE: The Taming of the Shrew

Family events; Performances; Special events

9 July 2013 — 21 July 2013

By William Shakespeare Directed by Joe Murphy Firmly established as one of the city's annual highlights, Oxford Playhouse and the Bodleian Library are delighted to…

LECTURE: The Tradescants and the founding of the Ashmolean Museum

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 July 2013

An afternoon of three talks plus a small display of manuscripts to celebrate the publication of The Tradescants' Orchard : the mystery of a seventeenth-century…

LECTURE: Still Physic after all these years

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 July 2013

An afternoon of three talks plus a small display of manuscripts to celebrate the publication of The Tradescants' Orchard : the mystery of a seventeenth-century…

LECTURE: The story of the Tradescants

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 July 2013

An afternoon of three talks plus a small display of manuscripts to celebrate the publication of The Tradescants' Orchard : the mystery of a seventeenth-century…

SYMPOSIUM: Edmond Malone's collection

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 September 2013

The collection of Edmond Malone (1741-1812), received in 1821, greatly increased the Bodleian Library's holdings of Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline drama, and established the Bodleian…

LECTURE: Tolkien and Manuscripts

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 September 2013

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth . Dr Stuart Lee lectures and tutors on Old English, has worked…

DISPLAY: The Condemned Playground: Aldous Huxley and His Contemporaries

Displays; Free events

17 August 2013 — 29 September 2013

On the centenary of Aldous Huxley's (1894−1963) arrival at Oxford as an undergraduate, this display celebrates his diverse artistic and intellectual contributions. Bloomsbury satirist and…

SYMPOSIUM: Oxford Japan 400

Conferences & symposia; Free events

2 October 2013

ALL PLACES BOOKABLE VIA THIS WEBSITE ARE NOW FULL. Join us for a mini symposium and reception to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the issue…

PERFORMANCE: Felix Dennis Poetry Event

Performances; Special events

3 October 2013

Did I mention the free wine? 2013 presents The Cut-Throat Tour 'A Smile from Ear to Ear.' When: Thursday 3 October , doors open 7pm…

Great Medical Discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford Innovation

Exhibitions; Free events

22 November 2013 — 18 May 2014

For more than 800 years Oxford has made a remarkable contribution to the art and science of medicine. Scientists, philosophers and physicians have made the…

LECTURE: Oxford Medical Firsts: Celebrating 800 Years of Oxford Medicine

Lectures and talks; Free events

27 November 2013

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Great Medical Discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford Innovation. Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Great Medical…

LECTURE: Wolves and Winter - Old Norse Myth and Children's Literature

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 October 2013

**Lecture SOLD OUT** Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth . Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to…

DISPLAY: Oxford Japan 400

Displays; Free events

1 October 2013 — 6 October 2013

A special display to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the issue of Shuinjo , an original document issued in 1613 by Shogun Ieyasu to the…

DISPLAY: Latin in Medieval Britain : Sources, Language and Lexicography

Displays; Free events

11 December 2013 — 16 February 2014

2013 is the centenary of the proposal for a new dictionary of Medieval Latin that led to the start of many dictionary projects across Europe.…

DISPLAY: Barbara Pym and the Bodleian

Displays; Free events

9 November 2013 — 8 December 2013

The novelist Barbara Pym wrote the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the twentieth century. As a student at St…

LECTURE: Barbara Pym and the Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 November 2013

Distinguished author P.D. James will speak about the writer Barbara Pym and formally open the Bodleian display, Barbara Pym and the Bodleian . P.D. James…

LECTURE: Making the Dictionary

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 December 2013

This lecture accompanies the display Latin in Medieval Britain . In this lecture, Dr. David Howlett, the longest-serving editor of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin…

LECTURE: A Bull on My Tongue

Lectures and talks

25 October 2013

Lecture to accompany the exhibition Magical Books: From the Middle Ages to Middle-earth . The lecture will be followed by an informal wine reception. Location…

LECTURE: Observing the scribe at work: knowledge transfer and scribal professionalism

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 October 2013

Wine and sandwiches are available after Friends of the Bodleian lectures at £7. Please book them at fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 277234.…

LECTURE: Printing in the infernal method: William Blake's method of illuminated printing

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 November 2013

Wine and sandwiches are available after Friends of the Bodleian lectures for £7. Please book them at fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 277234.…

EDITATHON: Women in Science Editathon 2013

Free events; Special events

15 October 2013

The University of Oxford’s IT Services and Bodleian Libraries are organising an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 15…

LECTURE: Medieval English mappaemundi: Victorine model and idiosyncratic copies

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 November 2013

Part of the Oxford Seminars in Cartography. Supported by: The Friends of TOSCA ESRI (UK) Ltd Oxford Cartographers The British Cartographic Society The Charles Close…

LECTURE: Soviet Intelligence Plans for the British Isles

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Seminars in Cartography. Supported by: The Friends of TOSCA ESRI (UK) Ltd Oxford Cartographers The British Cartographic Society The Charles Close…

DISPLAY: Stirring Up Benevolence - The Friends of the Bodleian and Duke Humfrey's Night

Displays; Free events

11 October 2013 — 3 November 2013

This small display will celebrate the tradition of giving to the principal library of the University of Oxford. A special fundraising event, Duke Humfrey's Night…

Bodleian Master classes

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 October 2013 — 2 December 2013

Medieval manuscripts and palaeography : in the Pitt Rivers Museum Lecture Room, South Parks Road [entrance from Robinson Close, see map] Monday, 21 October: Jean-Pascal…

LECTURE: Collectanomics: how we value book collections

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 October 2013

Brooke Palmieri is a postgraduate student at UCL researching the spread of dissident literature between London and the British Colonies, paying particular attention to networks…

The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches

Exhibitions; Free events

18 June 2014 — 2 November 2014

Using letters and diaries of politicians, soldiers and civilians, all in some way connected with Oxford University, the exhibition relates contemporary experiences of the Great…

LECTURE: Embodying song in Early Modern England

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 November 2013

Katherine Larson (University of Toronto) describes the ephemeral soundscapes of early modern England. She considers how literary critics and musicologists can recapture the physical and…

EDITATHON: Rediscovering Rycote

Free events

15 November 2013

Interested in Tudor history? Become a Wikipedia editor for the day The Bodleian Libraries are organising a Wikipedia editathon focusing on the Rediscovering Rycote online…

SPECIAL EVENT: Christmas Light Night

Free events; Special events

22 November 2013

The Bodleian Library will mark this year's Christmas Light Night by opening the Divinity School and Convocation House free of charge. Explore the Divinity School,…

LECTURE: Lord Nuffield's Legacy to Oxford Medicine

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 January 2014

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Great Medical Discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford Innovation. Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Great Medical…

LECTURE: How to make your own eyeglasses for about one pound: an Oxford technology created to benefit the developing World

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 February 2014

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Great Medical Discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford Innovation. Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Great Medical…

LECTURE: Dr Robert Hooke, F.R.S., M.D: Oxford Microscopist and Experimental Physiologist

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 February 2014

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Great Medical Discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford Innovation. Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Great Medical…

LECTURE: Development of the Oxford Knee replacement

Lectures and talks; Free events

26 February 2014

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition Great Medical Discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford Innovation. Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Great Medical…

Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words

Performances; Free events

7 May 2014

Filmed performance of a short, one-woman play about the life and work of the Nobel prizewinning scientist and Somerville fellow, followed by Q&A with the…

SEMINAR: Authorship, Memory & Manuscripts seminars

Lectures and talks; Free events

27 January 2014

Dr Anthony Seldon will give a talk on ‘Writing about Prime Ministers from Cameron backwards’. Dr Seldon has written extensively on modern British history including…

SPECIAL EVENT: Oxford Tribute to Seamus Heaney

Readings; Special events

2 February 2014

The University of Oxford will celebrate Seamus Heaney's life and work with an event in the Sheldonian Theatre on the 2 February 2014. The Oxford…

SYMPOSIUM: The lure of the ether

Free events

21 February 2014

'All that is solid melts into air' … In scientific theory and popular imagination, it was proposed up to the 19th century that electromagnetic waves…

Secrets in a Dead Fish: The Spying Game in the First World War

Lectures and talks

22 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. How did German intelligence agents use a dead fish to convey critical information to their operatives? What did…

Beauty, Duty and Trench Coats. Life reflected in magazine advertising during the Great War

Lectures and talks

23 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. Illustrated magazines had an important role during the First World War, they were essential for entertainment and information.…

The 2014 Bodley Lecture and Award of Bodley Medal to Ian McEwan

Special events

27 March 2014

Highly acclaimed novelist and Booker winner Ian McEwan talks to Bodley's Librarian Richard Ovenden about his life and work and receives the prestigious Bodley Medal…

Testing time: a Chinese examination

Displays; Free events

22 February 2014 — 6 April 2014

This display is centred on a set of papers for the triennial Provincial Examination in Nanchang in autumn, 1902 − the last time such examinations…

LECTURE: Royalist Oxford: a city at war 1642-1646

Friends of the Bodleian

4 February 2014

For a few years in the 1640s, Oxford became the capital city of England - or at least, the royalist capital. After the first, inconclusive,…

LECTURE: Sundials: a brief history of time-reckoning

Friends of the Bodleian

11 March 2014

This talk will demonstrate how sundials elegantly illustrate the different ways in which people have thought about measuring the passage of time. Dividing the day…

Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life

Lectures and talks

23 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. 'My subject is War and the Pity of War.' So declared Wilfred Owen in one of the most…

'A Battlefield of Books': Cambridge, Oxford and the Lewis-Gibson Collection

Lectures and talks

23 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. In August 2013 Cambridge University Library and the Bodleian put to rest more than 100 years of bitter…

From Downing Street to the Trenches: First-Hand Accounts from the Great War

Lectures and talks

24 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. In this talk I look at the war through the eyes of politicians, soldiers and civilians, centring on…

Magical Tales: Wolves and Volumes

Lectures and talks

26 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. Carolyne Larrington and Diane Purkiss talk about Magical Tales, the book accompanying last summer's record-breaking Bodleian exhibition, Magical…

A Writer's Apprenticeship: Jane Austen's Teenage Notebook

Lectures and talks

27 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. This illustrated talk will put Volume the First, a manuscript notebook of her earliest surviving teenage writings, in…

World Book Day at the Bodleian Library

Free events; Special events

6 March 2014

The Bodleian Library celebrates the Book of Curiosities, an eleventh-century Arabic account of the heavens and the Earth, illustrated by an unparalleled series of maps…

The Tradescants' Orchard and the Still Life Tradition

Lectures and talks

26 March 2014

Mysterious as the history of the botanical manuscript Tradescants' Orchard may be, it is deeply embedded in the long, artistic tradition that links the visual…

Strangers on their own land: ideology, policy, and rational landscapes in the United States, 1825-1934

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 May 2014

Part of the Oxford Seminars in Cartography. Supported by: The Friends of TOSCA ESRI (UK) Ltd Oxford Cartographers The British Cartographic Society The Charles Close…

DISPLAY: How to say 'I love you'

Displays; Free events

14 February 2014

A special Valentine's Day display gathering several centuries of 'I love you...' from the Bodleian Libraries' collections.…

The New Bodleian - Transformations

Lectures and talks

27 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. The New Bodleian which becomes The Weston Library is undergoing a transformation into a library for Special Collections…

Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life

Lectures and talks

23 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. Biographer John Campbell explains why Roy Jenkins was the best Prime Minister we never had. Although he never…

The Future of Publishing

Lectures and talks

29 March 2014

Part of the Oxford Literary Festival, 2014. The familiar world of the book is facing some key challenges. These include the decline of bookselling on…

Samantha Shannon in conversation with Sam Thompson (Oxford Author Series)

Free events; Special events

30 April 2014

The Bone Season, the first volume of a projected seven book series, was published in August 2013 shortly after Samantha Shannon had completed her English…

Champagne Evening Tours

Tours

23 March 2014

The Bodleian is inviting up to 80 guests to an exclusive evening event after the Library is closed, including champagne and canapés in the dramatic…

The Book of Fame

Workshops; Free events

18 March 2014

An interdisciplinary workshop showcasing manuscripts, music, and artefacts from the Bodleian Library. Georgian and Romantic celebrity culture was fundamentally connected with the consumption and collection…

The pleasures and miseries of the digital novel

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

27 May 2014

In the last few years, Iain Pears has been writing and designing a novel which can only be understood if it is read through a…

John Donne: creative life and legacy

Displays; Free events

4 April 2014

This free one day display in the Proscholium of the Bodleian Library coincides with Hertford College's annual John Donne Lecture. Over the course of his…

Conservation Workshop

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

3 April 2014

S C I L ENCE IN THE LIBRARY! The Bodleian Library has always been at the forefront of conservation practice and innovation. It preserves and…

Hertford College’s John Donne Lecture

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 April 2014

'Living with creativity' This will be a great opportunity to hear the 16th Director-General of the BBC talk about the challenge of recognising and encouraging…

Sir William Osler and the Bodleian

Displays; Free events

12 April 2014 — 18 May 2014

Sir William Osler, physician and bibliophile (1849-1919), was one of the most famous and respected doctors in the world in the early 20th century. As…

Pax Canadiana: Canada and the End of Britain’s Empire, 1945-1982

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 June 2014

Pavilion Room, St Antony's College, Oxford Dr McKercher is Royal Bank of Canada Visiting Scholar at the Bodleian Library. His research explores Canadian reactions to…

Self-Publishing in 18th-century Paris and London

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 June 2014

Although we are now witnessing a substantial rise in self-publishing - as evidenced by the growing online book market - the practice has a long…

Error and Print Culture, 1500-1800

Conferences & symposia; Free events

5 July 2014

A one-day conference at the Centre for the Study of the Book, Oxford University Saturday 5 July 2014. Convened by Dr Adam Smyth ( adam.smyth@balliol.ox.ac.uk…

How to read Galileo: 17th-century scholarly practices in annotated copies of the 'Two New Sciences'

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 June 2014

"How did period readers study Galileo's 1638 Two New Sciences , now regarded as a canonical text in the history of science for its mathematical…

Poetry, Politics, and War in the Archives

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 June 2014

The Directors and Curators of three world-famous archives (Bibliotheque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, and Bodleian Libraries) describe key items from each…

An unusual discovery in the Bodleian: the earliest known engraved musical plates

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

10 June 2014

In 2005, when the Clarendon Building was being cleared prior to renovation, a large box containing 91 old engraved music plates was discovered in the…

Byrne Bussey Marconi Lecture

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 June 2014

Michael Weatherburn: 'Time and Emotion Study: Anne Shaw, Metropolitan Vickers, and Work Experiments on the Twentieth Century British Factory Floor' Radcliffe Science Library, Group Study…

Reading the Word: the first complete English Bible

Displays; Free events

24 May 2014 — 29 June 2014

The Wycliffite Bible is the first complete translation of the Bible in English, produced at the end of the 14th century by the followers of…

'Once upon a time there were three Georges’: Infringement of “copyright” in the 1520s

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 May 2014

Peter W.M. Blayney, author of The Stationers' Company and the Printers of London, 1501-1557 (Cambridge University Press, 2013) Presented by Merton History of the Book…

Forms and Formats: Experimenting with print, 1695-1815

Conferences & symposia

8 September 2014

From broadside ballads and Lilliputian folios to printed engravings and manuals, from newspapers and pamphlets to abridgements and anthologies, a vast variety of print circulated…

History Boys: Alan Bennett and David Vaisey

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 August 2014

Venue: Holywell Music Room Alan Bennett and David Vaisey in a conversation about a friendship begun in Oxford fifty years ago. A glass of wine…

Gallery talk - The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches exhibition

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 July 2014

View the Bodleian Libraries' current exhibition through a gallery talk led by the exhibition's curator, Mike Webb (Department of Special Collections, Bodleian Library). He will…

Gallery talk - The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches exhibition

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 August 2014

View the Bodleian Libraries' current exhibition through a gallery talk led by the exhibition's curator, Mike Webb (Department of Special Collections, Bodleian Library). He will…

Gallery talk - The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches exhibition

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 September 2014

View the Bodleian Libraries' current exhibition through a gallery talk led by the exhibition's curator, Mike Webb (Department of Special Collections, Bodleian Library). He will…

The Problem with Propaganda

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 October 2014

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches . Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to…

The Meaning of 1914

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 October 2014

A conversation between Professor Sir Hew Strachan (Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College) and Professor Margaret MacMillan (Warden of St Antony's…

Conscription and Conscientious Objection

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 October 2014

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches . Following the lecture, don't miss the opportunity to…

From Downing Street to the Trenches

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 November 2014

Lunchtime lecture accompanying the exhibition The Great War: Personal Stories from Downing Street to the Trenches given by the exhibition's curator. Don't miss the opportunity…

Scholarship and Science in Renaissance Oxford: The Books of Henry Savile (1549-1622)

Displays; Free events

1 July 2014 — 3 August 2014

Henry Savile (1549-1622) was a leading figure in the intellectual life of Renaissance England. He was warden of Merton College, Provost of Eton College, and…

Alan Bennett: History Boy

Displays; Free events

7 August 2014 — 7 September 2014

Alan Bennett was born in Leeds in 1934. After completing National Service he went to Exeter College to read history in 1954. He began writing…

Alice's Day at the Bodleian Library

Displays; Free events

5 July 2014

The Bodleian Library offers a free display in the Divinity School, from 10.00am-3.30pm, and storytelling in the quad at 1.30pm with Rachel Rose Reid. The…

Schubert's Creative Process

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 October 2014

Natasha Loges explore's Schubert's creative process, in particular examining the Grand Duo for piano duet (D812). The manuscript of this ground-breaking work is in the…

Shakespeare's King Lear

Lectures and talks; Family events; Performances

22 July 2014 — 3 August 2014

The Bodleian Library and the Oxford Playhouse are delighted to be welcoming back the Globe Theatre on Tour this July to perform King Lear in…

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Family events; Performances; Special events

12 August 2014 — 14 August 2014

Oxford University Drama Society Present: Twelfth Night When a shipwreck separates twins Viola and Sebastian, they are thrust into the extraordinary and bewitching otherworld of…

John Wilkins 1614-2014

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 November 2014

John Wilkins (1614-1672): Oxford Experimentalist, Educator, Bishop, FRS, and aspiring moon voyager To mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Wadham's Warden, the Revd…

Uncommon interests: Mertonian Treasures in the Bodleian

Displays; Free events

9 September 2014 — 3 November 2014

A selection of remarkable books and manuscripts, ranging from the earliest observations of Oxford weather to the fantastical automata of medieval Arab courts to the…

Award of the Papal Legate - 800 years old

Lectures and talks; Free events

26 November 2014

The oldest document in the University Archives is the award of the papal legate, issued in 1214. To mark its 800th anniversary, Simon Bailey, Keeper…

Women in Science Wikipedia Editathon 2014

Free events; Special events

14 October 2014

The University of Oxford’s IT Services and Bodleian Libraries are organizing an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 14…

John Milton and the Bodleian Library – and a new book from Milton’s library

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

18 November 2014

The poet John Milton did not attend Oxford and there is no record of him having ever set foot in the Bodleian Library. And yet…

Le Cinesi: An Opera about Operas

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

21 October 2014

Among the output of the great librettist Metastasio is the small comic azione teatrale, Le Cinesi (The Chinese Ladies). The text was first set by…

YourFry Hackathon

Free events; Special events

30 October 2014

The Bodleian Libraries will be hosting a YourFry hackathon in their new Weston Library, bringing together students, researchers from all disciplines, and members of the…

Early Modern Master Class: Annotated Books Online

Free events

13 November 2014

Arnoud Visser (Utrecht) will speak about a digital archive of early modern annotated books, ‘ Annotated Books Online ’ The talk takes place in the…

Early Modern Master Class: Bindings

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 December 2014

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad, University of the Arts, discusses ‘Bindings on early modern collections of the Bodleian Library’ This talk takes place in the Lecture Theatre,…

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