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.

Volcanoes

Exhibitions; Free events

10 February 2017 — 21 May 2017

From fire-belching mountains to blood-red waves of lava, volcanoes have captured the attention of scientists, artists and members of the public for centuries. In this…

Reconstruction: Weimin He's watercolours of the Weston Library

Displays; Free events

7 January 2017 — 12 February 2017

Weimin He, painter and printmaker, was the artist-in-residence during the reconstruction of the Weston Library. On display is a series of watercolours that reflect the…

Percy Manning: the man who collected Oxfordshire

Displays; Free events

18 February 2017 — 23 April 2017

The antiquary and folklorist Percy Manning amassed enormous collections of material relating to Oxfordshire. This display illustrates their extraordinary breadth, from archaeology and buildings history…

Slavonic treasures from the Bodleian Libraries

Displays; Free events

14 January 2017 — 19 March 2017

With a focus on alphabets, writing, and the interplay between word and image, this exhibition showcases some of the most striking items from the Slavonic…

Rumi: his life, work, and poetry

Performances; Free events

20 January 2017

Dr Zahra Taheri, Bahari Visiting Fellow in the Persian Arts of the Book, speaks about Rumi's life, mystical teaching, doctrine, and poetry. Music: Dr Peyman…

Keys to colour printing: toy books and yellowbacks in the Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 January 2017

Francesca Tancini presents findings from her research into the development of colour printing in Victorian popular publishing: 'Toy books' and 'yellowbacks' are today highly collectible…

The sentiments in Indian literature: how to express love through dance and gestures

Lectures and talks; Performances; Free events

24 February 2017

Indian classical literature, dance and music all share an understanding that art is about creating emotional states such as love, laughter and horror in the…

'A vivid interest in...public characters': children and the news in the long 18th century

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 February 2017

Over the course of the long 18th century, newspapers became a common medium for the dissemination of information in Britain. Drawing on life writing, textbooks…

What happened to the extraordinary collections of Percy Manning?

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 March 2017

Percy Manning left his extraordinary collections to Oxford University on his death in 1917. They cover every aspect of Oxfordshire history and life, from the…

Linocut printmaking course

Courses

18 February 2017

Learn to make a linocut print, from a blank sheet of paper to glorious poster, in one day. Take inspiration from dramatic images in the…

Broadside day

Conferences & symposia

25 February 2017

The annual gathering of people interested in street literature - a field which includes broadsides, chapbooks, prints, woodcuts, penny histories, last-dying speeches, catchpennies and all…

Science and the love of books: parchment, paper and bindings

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 February 2017

This talk is part of the Oxford Cafe Scientifique series, which aims to provide a public forum in which scientific ideas can be discussed informally…

How to make a digital edition: an introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative

Workshops; Free events

16 February 2017

Research Technology Consultation, IT Services and the Centre for Digital Scholarship offer a course introducing the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for creating…

Encoding music and text: an exploration

Workshops; Free events

11 January 2017

You are invited to join us for a multidisciplinary workshop exploring and articulating the current state of digital encoding for music and text, and where…

Social media: the risks, the opportunities and what it means for you and me

Lectures and talks; Free events

24 January 2017

The impact of social media on society today is undeniable - sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram have millions and even billions of…

Finding music to move to: Relevance in Music Information Retrieval

Lectures and talks; Free events

31 January 2017

Relevance, a notion at the heart of information retrieval (IR), has received prolific attention in the textual IR domain. In this talk, David M Weigl…

Visual recognition, image-matching and digital annotation: early printed book illustration and the 15cBOOKTRADE Project

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 February 2017

How was book illustration used, and how did it circulate in 15th-century printed editions, at a time when the spread of printing facilitated their availability…

Making the most of digital resources: a hands-on introduction to Early English Books Online

Workshops; Free events

27 January 2017

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, British North America, and works in English…

The imagination of Ada Lovelace: creative computing and experimental humanities

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 March 2017

In the 200 years since Ada Lovelace's birth, she has been celebrated, neglected, and taken up as a symbol for any number of causes and…

Revisiting the effect of red on competition in humans

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 February 2017

Bright red coloration is a signal of male competitive ability in animal species, including non-human primates. Does the effect of red on competition extend to…

Representing and exploring negotiated texts: Quill platform workshop

Workshops; Free events

25 January 2017

Quill ( www.quillproject.net ) is a platform for the study of negotiated texts, developed by Dr Nicholas Cole (Pembroke College) and Alfie Abdul-Rahman (Oxford e-Research…

Interrogating truth and objectivity in Syrian conflict reporting

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 February 2017

The recent uproar over 'fake news' in the so-called 'Western world' is not new to observers of the ongoing Syrian conflict. For years, participants have…

Indigo: from texts to textiles

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 March 2017

Indigo, 'King of Dyes', has been in continuous use for over six millennia, traded worldwide for use as blue dye, paint pigment and medicine. Its…

Chinese New Year: a musical celebration

Performances; Free events

2 February 2017

The Chinese New Year is the most important festival in China. The CU Chinese Music Ensemble proudly presents a number of beautiful traditional Chinese pieces…

Simon Armitage talks to Richard Ovenden: The Unaccompanied

Lectures and talks; Special events

31 March 2017

Multi-award-winning poet Simon Armitage talks to Bodley's Librarian Richard Ovenden and presents his latest collection, The Unaccompanied. The poems in Armitage's 11th volume are set…

The Quill Project: recreating the process which wrote the United States Constitution

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 February 2017

The Constitution of the United States was written between May and September 1787 by a group of delegates working in secret and in a highly…

Introduction to Visualization in Digital Scholarship

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 February 2017

In this session, we will consider how visualization can be used in digital scholarship projects. We will cover basic concepts of visualization as well as…

Born on Mount Etna: the story of the Oxford Ragwort

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 March 2017

Professor Hiscock will explain research into plant reproduction and evolution using the example of the Oxford ragwort, descended from species native to Mount Etna which…

Print your own volcano

Family events; Free events

11 February 2017

Enjoy the exhibition Volcanoes in the Weston Library and print a keepsake using linocut and a traditional hand-operated printing press. An eruption of fun!…

Summer school: the history of printed book illustration

Courses

26 June 2017

Convened by Dr Elizabeth Savage (School of Advanced Study, University of London) Themes Early illustrated books; methods of printing; the description of illustrations in modern…

Publish and perish in Japan: why manuscripts continued to circulate in the age of print

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 February 2017

D F McKenzie Lecture 2017 Peter Kornicki is Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Cambridge. Having studied Japanese and Korean at Oxford,…

Linocut printmaking course

Courses

29 April 2017

Learn to make a linocut print, from a blank sheet of paper to glorious poster, in one day. Take inspiration from dramatic images in the…

The Indian heroine in history, art & performance 

Conferences & symposia; Free events

22 March 2017

A one-day interdisciplinary symposium which seeks to explore the unfolding story of the female heroine, or nayika, in South Asian cultural history. Convened by Oxford…

The Book Index

Conferences & symposia

22 June 2017

This two-day symposium takes a timely opportunity to consider how the index - the foremost finding aid of the physical book - shaped reading and…

Libraries, space and power - Lyell Lectures 2017

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 May 2017

The sixteenth century witnessed the rise of numerous state libraries. This lecture probes the relationship of the new state collections to space. Examples from Venice,…

Getting your hands dirty with the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit

Workshops; Free events

3 March 2017

In this workshop offered jointly by Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services and the Centre for Digital Scholarship, you'll learn how to make the most…

A life in politics: Lord Heseltine in conversation with Peter Hennessy

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 March 2017

The Rt Hon Lord Michael Heseltine CH, one of the most influential politicians of recent times, discusses his distinguished political career with historian Peter Hennessy.…

Dialogue

Performances; Free events

4 March 2017

A conversation with no words between dancer Cecilia Macfarlane and cellist Jacqueline Johnson. Short improvisations between two artists in 4 different imagined settings: on a…

Bodleian Treasures: 21 pairs and a tropical forest

Exhibitions; Free events

18 March 2017 — 11 February 2018

An exhibition displaying a selection of the Bodleian Libraries' most magnificent items. It features rare and renowned items including Handel's Messiah , Shakespeare's First Folio,…

Writing the history of the Raj

Displays; Free events

25 March 2017 — 14 May 2017

James Mill's History of British India was taught to generations of colonial rulers. On its 200th anniversary, we explore the story behind and reaction to…

Painting by numbers

Displays; Free events

29 April 2017 — 9 July 2017

Ferdinand Bauer was the artist behind one of the world's great botanical books, the Flora Graeca (1806-40). Bauer made hundreds of pencil sketches of plants…

William Boyd talks to Richard Ovenden: Bodley Lecture

Lectures and talks; Special events

30 March 2017

Celebrated novelist and screenwriter William Boyd talks to Bodley's Libarian Richard Ovenden about his life and work. Following the lecture, he will receive the Bodley…

Getting your hands dirty with the Digital Manuscripts Toolkit

Workshops; Free events

7 April 2017

In this workshop offered jointly by Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services and the Centre for Digital Scholarship, you'll learn how to make the most…

Cardinals and councils - Lyell Lectures 2017

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 May 2017

The Vatican Library was one of the first research institutions in early modern Europe. This lecture examines the library as a locus of historical and…

An eternal archive - Lyell Lectures 2017

Lectures and talks; Free events

11 May 2017

Since its inception in the fifteenth century, the Vatican Library served as an important repository of papal records. This lecture explores the fortune of the…

Scribes in the city - Lyell Lectures 2017

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 May 2017

Sixteenth-century Rome was a hub of scribal activity: work-a-day copyists, notaries, and highly skilled scribes (such as those employed in the Vatican Library) all made…

Urbs et orbis. Popes and printers - Lyell Lectures 2017

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 May 2017

Successive sixteenth-century popes aspired to supply purified and corrected ecclesiastical texts to the far-flung corners of Christendom. This lecture explores the frequently tumultuous relationship between…

Letterpress six week course

Workshops

26 April 2017

Design and print workshop using the Bodleian's hand-operated presses in the Old Bodleian Library. This course will enable you to set and print a short…

Hands-on volcanoes!

Family events; Free events

18 March 2017

Come and enjoy some volcano-themed activities in the Weston Library for Science Week, linked to the Volcanoes exhibition. Activities will include building model volcanoes, planning…

Dragons of the mind, dead volcanoes and the entrance to hell: volcanism in Melanesia

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 May 2017

Anthropologist Dr Robin Wilson speaks about life, art and ritual in the shadow of volcanoes in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific regions near the…

Oxford Literary Festival - FT Weekend at the Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Special events

1 April 2017

Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian, welcomes you to a unique day of lectures, masterclasses and panel discussions with the Financial Times Weekend . Hear from a…

In their shoes: the historic ledgers of Oxford shoemakers Ducker & Son

Displays; Free events

25 March 2017 — 26 March 2017

This display features a small selection of the historic customer ledgers of venerable Oxford shoemaker, Ducker & Son, which served 'town and gown' from its…

Brain imaging then and now

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 March 2017

We know people have been thinking about brains since ancient Egyptian times. From the sixth century BCE people began to understand that the brain was…

Insight: an art and science exhibition

Displays; Free events

30 March 2017

The Insight exhibition will showcase a range of work inspired by the medical research conducted by the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) in the Nuffield Department…

Mapping contributions by Oxford geologists and the Bodleian during WW2

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 May 2017

The Geological Section, Inter-Service Topographical Department played a fundamental during the Second World War. Ted Rose will analyse the contributions made by Oxford geologists, the…

Make a hand-printed book in 5 days

Courses; Workshops

10 July 2017

Design and print workshop - with 5 days of instruction in the Bodleian's printing workshop, you will design, type-set, illustrate and print your own booklet…

Celebrate Marconi Day 2017

Free events; Special events

22 April 2017

The Fondazione Marconi presents a video about the museum which is housed in the famous Villa Griffone, the location where Marconi carried out his first…

Print-a-thon for the Hogarth Press at 100

Workshops; Free events

13 May 2017

In early 1917, Virginia and Leonard Woolf bought a handpress, and set it up on their dining room table at Hogarth House in Richmond. Though…

From Medina to Oxford, from Codex to the Cloud: scenes from the life of the Qur'an

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 May 2017

Traditionally believed to be the revelatory irruption of divine speech into human history, the Qur'an is a literary document whose eventful biography spanning a millennium…

A family culture of creativity: 'Memoranda of the Burney Family'

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 June 2017

This Royal Bank of Canada Foundation lecture explores the rich creative atmosphere that lay behind the professional success of the 18th-century Burney family in art,…

Bodleian Treasures: Early Ethiopian Bible Illumination

Displays; Free events

7 April 2017 — 9 April 2017

Coinciding with the visit of Anglo-Ethiopian Society to Oxford, the Bodleian Library is delighted to display two of its medieval illuminated Ethiopian manuscripts. These fifteenth…

Visualize your data for the web using D3.js

Workshops; Free events

31 May 2017

This two-day hands-on workshop will provide you with a brief introduction to creating simple web-based data visualizations. You do not need any previous coding experience:…

The other Hogarth Press

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 May 2017

Dr Wilson will be speaking about the Hogarth Press beyond Bloomsbury and its links with contemporary book club, The Book Society.…

Virginia the printer

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 May 2017

A talk considering the importance and influence of the Hogarth Press on Virginia Woolf's life and work.…

War, health and humanitarianism

Conferences & symposia; Free events

16 June 2017

Looking at conflicts from the medieval period to the contemporary world, this symposium discusses humanitarian interventions which seek to mitigate the suffering in war of…

A rock and a hard place: creating the Online Corpus of Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 May 2017

The Arabian Peninsula lies at the heart of the Middle East. Today, it is of enormous strategic and commercial importance and this was also the…

A linked open data Buddhist text archive

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 May 2017

Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) has developed a preservation ecosystem to digitally preserve source texts and document Buddhist cultural heritage. The preservation of Buddhist texts…

Fostering 'the gift of confidence' for women in the electronic music scene

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 May 2017

Women are seriously underrepresented as composers, engineers, scholars and creators. In academia, for instance, 90% of applicants for undergraduate music technology courses were reported to…

Digitization for research at the Bodleian: creating tools for active scholarship

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 May 2017

Institutions like the Bodleian Libraries have been digitizing their holdings for decades now. These digitized collections have not always been easy to find or use,…

Digital research with OUP Data: a workshop

Workshops; Free events

26 May 2017

Are you interested in working with OUP data? Oxford University Press is offering members of the University the opportunity to work directly with the data…

Making the Flora Graeca

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 May 2017

Between 1806 and 1840, the Flora Graeca, one the world's most expensive and magnificent natural history books was published. This was the culmination of botanical…

Reconstructing Ferdinand Bauer's mysterious colour code

Lectures and talks; Free events

24 May 2017

The remarkable story of the Flora Graeca , one of the most magnificent printed books of the eighteenth century, and the work of its artist,…

From the frozen north to the steamy jungles: present day botanical illustration in Oxford

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 May 2017

In this lecture, Rosemary Wise will discuss some highlights of her long career as a travelling botanical illustrator, a career that has taken her from…

Bonn at the Bodleian

Family events; Free events

27 May 2017

The Bodleian joins in with city-wide celebrations of 70 years of links with Oxford's twin city, Bonn. Come and see a special display of the…

Visions of Vesuvius

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 May 2017

In AD 79, Herculaneum, along with Pompeii, and other neighbouring towns was destroyed in a cataclysmic eruption of Vesuvius. Deserted and forgotten after the eruption,…

Volcanoes: natural disaster narratives and the environment in Caribbean literature

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 May 2017

'New Directions in Caribbean Studies Seminar', TORCH , Race and Resistance Programme , the Fiction and Human Rights Network , and the Bodleian Libraries are…

The Book Index

Displays; Free events

20 May 2017 — 9 July 2017

Since the middle ages, the humble book index has served as an invaluable aid for students and scholars, helping us to navigate our books, and…

Volcanoes performance: St Anne's Camerata & David Heyes

Performances; Free events

6 May 2017

The St Anne's Camerata, and internationally renowned double bass specialist David Heyes, present a concert celebrating music and volcanoes. Featuring new works, on the theme…

Enchanted wedding garden party

Free events; Special events

15 July 2017

The best way to appreciate stunning spaces and striking settings is to experience them first hand. Join us for an evening with friends, family and…

Safety and fairness on the Internet

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 May 2017

The internet is becoming an increasingly dominant feature of social life in the western world. More and more users rely on platforms such as Facebook,…

Capture, model, interpret: new ways of imaging ancient text artefacts

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 May 2017

Imaging systems have been developed over the years to capture images of objects which are more detailed, have accurate colour and have revolutionised our records…

The role of biographical data in Digital Scholarship: reassembling the digital self

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 June 2017

Biography is only one of many disciplines that have been deeply influenced by advances in digital media and computing, and that have required new theoretical…

Complexity in our multiple identities: the 2017 Disability Lecture

Lectures and talks; Free events

1 June 2017

Disability is one among our many possible identities, but it is one that is often hidden, necessitating constant choices about whether and how to share…

Shikshapatri viewing

Exhibitions; Displays; Free events

10 June 2017 — 11 June 2017

Shikshapatri is a sanskrit manuscript, written by Shree Swaminarayan, founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, and outlines moral and spiritual codes for everyday life. These codes were…

Two Winchester Bibles meet in the Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 June 2017

'The Winchester Bible is a candidate for the greatest work of art produced in England…to have survived nearly 900 years without moving is breathtaking.' Dr…

Shikshapatri viewing

Exhibitions; Displays; Free events

12 August 2017 — 13 August 2017

Shikshapatri is a sanskrit manuscript, written by Shree Swaminarayan, founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, and outlines moral and spiritual codes for everyday life. These codes were…

Shikshapatri viewing

Exhibitions; Displays; Free events

4 November 2017 — 5 November 2017

Shikshapatri is a sanskrit manuscript, written by Shree Swaminarayan, founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, and outlines moral and spiritual codes for everyday life. These codes were…

Recent conservation and research on the two Winchester Bibles

Conferences & symposia; Free events

27 June 2017

The Bodleian Library and Winchester Cathedral have been in the process of conserving, digitizing and rebinding of the Winchester Bible since 2014. This symposium will…

Which Jane Austen?

Exhibitions; Free events

23 June 2017 — 29 October 2017

To mark 200 years since the death of Jane Austen, a major new exhibition at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries will challenge the current public perception…

Alice's Day 2017: Riddles & Games

Family events; Free events

1 July 2017

Come and join us at the Weston Library for our Alice's Day, our annual celebration of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . There are…

OUP's interactive academic articles

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 June 2017

As data becomes more integral to research publications, the question of how to display the data obviously but unobtrusively to the reader becomes more difficult.…

Brave new books

Displays; Free events

15 July 2017 — 3 September 2017

Rethinking printing and publishing in Latin America. From hand-painted recycled cardboard to traditional artisanal skills, contemporary publishers from Latin America demonstrate that invention and craft…

Heroic works

Displays; Free events

18 July 2017 — 20 August 2017

Designer Bookbinders, one of the world’s foremost bookbinding societies, again collaborates with Mark Getty and the Bodleian Library attracting top designer binders from around the…

City of Aquatint

Displays; Free events

26 August 2017 — 22 October 2017

Discover the 1920s city that hosted Waugh’s drunken adolescence, inspired wartime classic Brideshead Revisited , and permeated his imagination throughout his life. This exhibition celebrates…

Winchester Bible

Displays; Free events

10 June 2017 — 30 June 2017

Following recent work to conserve, digitize and rebind the Winchester Bible, the Bodleian Library and Winchester Cathedral are displaying this treasure alongside both volumes of…

Reconstructing Jane Austen's silk pelisse

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 July 2017

What did Jane Austen wear? The only known garment associated with the beloved author is a brown silk pelisse-coat in the collection of Hampshire Council.…

Jane Austen in the literary marketplace

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 July 2017

In October 1817 the publisher John Murray sent the first and only cheque Jane Austen received from him in her lifetime, profits from sales of…

Good vibrations

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 June 2017

Digital seismology with mammals, ocean noise, earth's abyss, marsquakes, sound, supercomputers and psychology for editing. Seismology, the science of understanding elastic vibrations beneath the surface,…

Historiography at scale

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 June 2017

People, places and professions in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for editing The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) is the work of roughly…

Letterpress six-week course

Courses

11 October 2017

Design and print workshop using the Bodleian's hand-operated presses in the Old Bodleian Library. This course will enable you to set and print a short…

Pamphlet printing workshop

Workshops; Free events

1 July 2017

Discover the vibrant popular printing traditions of Latin America at this free printing session. Bring along a printed song, poem or another short text and…

The unnatural life at the writing-desk

Exhibitions; Free events

7 June 2017 — 17 June 2017

Women’s writing across the long eighteenth century An exhibition on women’s writing across the eighteenth century. In conjunction with the one-day interdisciplinary conference: ‘Women, Authorship,…

Two hundred years of Italian manuscripts

Conferences & symposia

24 November 2017

Exploring the Canonici collection This two-day conference celebrates the arrival of manuscripts from the collection of Jesuit Matteo Luigi Canonici in Venice. In order to…

Disseminated and re-circulated: popular culture in script and print

Conferences & symposia; Free events

18 November 2017

Looking at diverse forms of script and print, from bestsellers and children's books to scrapbooks, educational ephemera and civic documents. This colloquium will examine how…

Printing a line

Family events; Performances; Workshops; Free events

25 June 2017

The Weston Library's Blackwell Hall printing press will be reconfigured to produce a single line of text and drawing 10m long. Visitors are invited to…

Martin Parr: Oxford

Exhibitions; Free events

8 September 2017 — 22 October 2017

This newly-commissioned body of work documents the behind-the-scenes student antics and rituals that for many outside these elite establishments, will remain a secret. Parr's distinctive…

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Performances; Special events

25 July 2017 — 4 August 2017

The Bodleian Library and the Oxford Playhouse are delighted to be welcoming The Watermill Theatre to perform Twelfth Night in the stunning outdoor setting of…

From white soup to white-pots: Maria Rundell and regency gastronomy

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 October 2017

One of publisher John Murray II's biggest success stories was Maria Rundell's New System of Domestic Cookery, first published in 1806, and in print until…

More praise than profit: Jane Austen's dealings with John Murray

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 September 2017

Jane Austen worked with two publishers, Thomas Egerton and John Murray. If she herself was hailed as a new kind of novelist, they too moved…

Unmasking Mrs Markham: the most successful historian of Austen's age

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 October 2017

Born around 1779, Elizabeth Cartwright had a famous name. Her father Edmund invented the steam power loom and her uncle John was a prominent political…

The most famous woman in Europe: Germaine de Staël

Lectures and talks; Free events

26 September 2017

When Germaine de Staël died in July 1817 she was the most famous woman in Europe, renowned for taking a political stance, publishing essays and…

John Murray II's experience of publishing women - was Jane Austen typical?

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 September 2017

John Murray II was one of the most influential and successful publishers of the Romantic period. He was notable for publishing, including a wide range…

International Moon Day

Exhibitions; Free events

20 July 2017

To mark the anniversary of the first manned Moon landing ,on 20 July 1969, we are showing a collection of moon-themed items from the Bodleian’s…

Discovering The Owl Service: the plates, the place and the stories

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 October 2017

A talk about how the design on a dinner service, the story of Math ap Mathonwy and the valley of Llanymawddwy combined to inspire the…

A day with Miss Austen

Free events; Special events

10 September 2017

Step back in time to Regency Oxford to mingle with Jane Austen and her companions at the Bodleian Libraries. Etiquette experts in their best breeches…

Oxford Open Doors 2017

Free events; Special events

9 September 2017 — 10 September 2017

Step inside some of the Bodleian’s spectacular spaces during Oxford Open Doors 2017 . Saturday 9 September Peek inside the Grade I listed Radcliffe Science…

Curiosity Carnival: European Researcher Night

Free events; Special events

29 September 2017

For one night only, the Bodleian Library is replacing books with live researchers! Borrow a researcher from the Living Library and discuss their fascinating work.…

Revealing hidden Oxford

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 September 2017

A talk by Dr Malcolm Graham, charting municipal progress and controversy from plans in the City Engineer's Strongroom, 1820-1974. Image: detail Thomas Sharp's Redevelopment Plan…

Real solemn history: Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis and the historical novel

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 October 2017

In March 1815, Jane Austen wrote to her niece Caroline that even in her 'sedate time of life' rereading one of Stéphanie-Félicité de Genlis's tales…

Enlightening Maps: celebrating 25 years of The Oxford Seminars in Cartography

Lectures and talks

22 September 2017

To celebrate 25 years of TOSCA’s cartographic explorations an all-day symposium and map display will be held in TOSCA’s home, the Bodleian. In 25 years…

PHOTO OXFORD 2017

Lectures and talks

7 September 2017

An afternoon of stimulating discussions with artists, curators and academics that draw on the themes and theories explored in PHOTO OXFORD 2017, a series of…

The Dictionary of National Biography in Oxford: 1917-2017

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 October 2017

In October 1917 Oxford University’s Convocation accepted from the family of the publisher George Smith the gift of the copyrights and stock of the Dictionary…

Jane Austen's world: sixth form study day

Workshops; Special events

6 October 2017

An unique opportunity for sixth form students to experience Oxford University teaching and to explore Jane Austen and her world, with a day at the…

Reporting Parliament: trials and impeachments in the early years of George I 1715-1717

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 November 2017

This talk at the Weston Library, will concentrate on the high profile impeachments, which featured in the early years of George I’s reign. In particular…

Making third stream books in the post-digital age

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 October 2017

Russell Maret will discuss the development of the primary themes of his artist's books - alphabet design, colour printing, and geometric form - and speculate…

Parkinson of the disease - apothecary, pamphleteer, fossilist, storyteller

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 September 2017

In the 200th year since the publication of Essay on the Shaking Palsy , this talk explores James Parkinson's contributions to the print culture of…

The intrepid Maria Graham: John Murray's most travelled 'Lady Author'

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 October 2017

This talk will survey Maria Graham's travels and her literary and intellectual career, paying particular attention to her relationship with John Murray. Maria Graham (or…

Revealing hidden Oxford

Displays; Free events

9 September 2017

This display explores Oxford's long history of housing, transport and planning challenges. It will also show plans such as Thomas Sharp's Redevelopment Plan for Oxford…

Designing English

Exhibitions; Free events

1 December 2017

Graphics on the medieval page This exhibition will illustrate the graphic design of handwritten manuscripts and inscriptions for the first thousand years of English, across…

Collecting Kafka: Walter Benjamin's library

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 September 2017

The Bodleian Library holds the majority of the papers of Franz Kafka (1883-1924), comprising diaries and literary notebooks, with some loose fragments, correspondence and photographs,…

James Parkinson: the Shaking Palsy and beyond

Displays; Free events

11 September 2017

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first codified description of the condition that we now know as Parkinson's disease. Its…

Making manuscripts for a Prince of the Black Sheep

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 November 2017

Based on a Bahari Visiting Fellowship in the Persian Arts of the Book, Anita Chowdry will share a fascinating journey of research into the Bodleian…

Self-publish Saturday

Workshops; Free events

28 October 2017

A blend of photocopying and silk-screening, risograph printing is a fun and simple way to print in colour. Join us to explore the Bodleian's Treasury…

The full picture: Oxford in portraits

Displays; Free events

24 November 2017

Hundreds of portraits of exceptional individuals hang on the walls of the University of Oxford: celebrating our past, making visible our values for the future,…

Making manuscripts for a Prince of the Black Sheep

Displays; Free events

11 November 2017

This small display showcases manuscripts made for Prince Pir Budaq, of the Turkman Black Sheep clan. It includes the first illuminated copy of the Ruba'iyat…

Passchendaele: 100 years on

Displays; Free events

28 October 2017

Trench maps are a contemporary view of war at its most detailed. This display marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Opening times:…

Redesigning the medieval book

Displays; Free events

1 December 2017

A display of newly created artist’s books inspired by medieval manuscripts. The books on display will be taken from the recent competition, Redesigning the Medieval…

Were there medieval designers?

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 December 2017

This lecture will introduce the exhibition Designing English and give an overview of it. It will debate whether we can call the scribes, painters and…

Library Lates: Colour

Lectures and talks; Workshops; Free events

14 December 2017

Discover the art and science of colour at the Bodleian after dark. From orpiment and shell gold to exotic ultramarine, this informal evening event introduces…

Maritime East Asia in the making: the Selden Map and its corrections

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 October 2017

A chance to learn more about one of the Library's cartographic treasures. Details on the latest research findings will be presented concerning the map of…

Beyond reading: understanding the book through computer vision

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 November 2017

This talk showcases Oxford's cutting-edge research at the intersection of book history and computer vision. It aims to make images of books as easy to…

Working with spreadsheets: a workshop

Workshops; Free events

21 November 2017

This workshop will draw on materials prepared by Data Carpentry . It is designed for anyone who works with spreadsheets and wants to learn how…

Treasures from the Map Room: a journey through the Bodleian collections

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 February 2017

The stories behind 75 of the Bodleian's extraordinary maps are captured in the recent Bodleian publication Treasures from the Map Room . It explains the…

Dante at Oxford: manuscripts, myths, modernity

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 March 2017

Illustrated with slides, this talk sketches the poet's presence in Oxford: in manuscripts donated to the University in the fifteenth century; in printed texts 'rescued…

Civil War and Restoration London lives: three new manuscript sources in the Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Friends of the Bodleian

2 May 2017

Mary Gofton's 1640s account book charts the pleasures and tribulations of a woman in Civil War London. Robert Robinson's 'Miscellany of meditations' of 1659 represents…

English words, English music: A E Housman and George Butterworth

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 June 2017

The names of A E Housman and George Butterworth are strongly linked in the English imagination. Although the two men never met, Butterworth's personal identification…

The Earl, the Heir and the Psalter: the puzzle of the Ormesby Psalter reconsidered

Lectures and talks; Free events

31 October 2017

This lecture will cast a new light on the history of the Ormesby Psalter, perhaps the most magnificent yet enigmatic of the great Gothic psalters…

MS. Douce 201: the story of a curious manuscript of eighteenth-century satires

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 November 2017

The Bodleian's Douce manuscripts include a curious volume of unpublished poems, MS. Douce 201, dated c.1750, and transcribed in a grand, uneven calligraphic hand. The…

The Librarian's Wife

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 December 2017

A unique opportunity to travel back 400 years in time. Visit the atmospheric Duke Humfrey's Library at twilight in company with the Librarian's wife -…

Chaucer's World: sixth form study day

Workshops; Special events

14 March 2018

An unique opportunity for sixth form students to experience Oxford University teaching and explore Chaucer and his world, with a day at the Bodleian Library…

Six-week letterpress course

Courses

17 January 2018

Design and print workshop using the Bodleian's hand-operated presses in the Old Bodleian Library. This course will enable you to set and print a short…

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