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

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

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…

Stephen Greenblatt masterclass: the rise and fall of Adam and Eve

Masterclasses; Free events

21 October 2015

Professor Stephen Greenblatt, Humanitas Visiting Professor, discusses representations of Adam and Eve, with material from Bodleian Libraries Special Collections.…

Conserving the Ming Maps of China

Displays; Free events

28 August 2015 — 6 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 Roll of the New Fire (Selden Roll): Painting from Early Colonial 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 16th-century roll of…

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…

Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture

Exhibitions; Free events

23 October 2015 — 28 February 2016

The Bodleian Libraries 2015 winter exhibition celebrates over 2,500 years of Armenia history. Armenia's Enduring Culture can refer to the great antiquity of Armenian culture,…

Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's legacy

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 October 2015

To celebrate the 60 th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien's fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings , the Bodleian…

The UN at 70: witness seminar

Conferences & symposia; Free events

16 October 2015

The UN and Humanitarian Action: Learning Lessons from Past Experience for Future Policy In keeping with the idea of 'Witness', each of the sessions will…

New light on Henricus Martellus's world map at Yale (c. 1491): multispectral imaging and early Renaissance cartography

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 September 2015

Map historian Chet Van Duzer led a recent project to make multispectral images of a world map made by Henricus Martellus in about 1491, which…

3D printing at the RSL

Displays; Workshops; Free events

19 September 2015

Live demonstrations of the Radcliffe Science Library's 3D printer are running during the Alumni Weekend. Learn and create - bring a design and print something…

Wikipedia: Women in Science transcribe-a-thon

Free events

12 October 2015

Join us for the first ever transcribe-a-thon: we'll use Wikisource to create an electronic edition of a historic book about women geniuses. Part of a…

Wikipedia: Women in Science edit-a-thon

Free events

13 October 2015

Wikipedia edit-a-thon: create or improve Wikipedia articles about women scientists and their achievements. Part of a series of events hosted by IT Services and the…

Wikipedia: Women in Science improve-a-thon

Free events

14 October 2015

This session looks into Wikipedia's quality scale and review processes, and at how we can get articles showcased. Part of celebration of the bicentenary of…

Wikipedia: Women in Science image-a-thon

Free events

15 October 2015

In this session, participants will illustrate Wikipedia articles with images from various sources, with a focus on women in science. Part of a series of…

Undercover

Lectures and talks; Free events

7 October 2015

The B H Blackwells (Sir Basil and his father) were fiercely patriotic, yet incensed by the mindless slaughter of the Great War and by the…

Digital.Bodleian

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 October 2015

The Bodleian Libraries recently launched Digital.Bodleian bringing together 20 years of digitization at the Bodleian Libraries within a single innovative online resource. This talk will…

Tyndale's Linguistic Legacy

Displays; Free events

1 October 2015 — 1 October 2015

A display to celebrate William Tyndale's contribution to the English language. This display explores William Tyndale's approach to translation and illustrates how phrases he coined…

Celebration of the Bodleian's 12 millionth printed book

Readings; Free events; Special events

10 November 2015

Vanessa Redgrave, CBE, Oxford University undergraduates and Simon Armitage, CBE, Professor of Poetry will participate. Drinks will be served afterwards in Blackwell Hall.…

The scientific life of Ada Lovelace

Free events

18 November 2015

Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852, is best known for her 1843 paper about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt computer, the analytical engine. The paper gave an account of the…

Ada, Countess of Lovelace: computer pioneer

Displays; Free events

13 October 2015 — 24 December 2015

This display celebrates Byron’s daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815–52), who wrote with remarkable foresight about the potential of Charles Babbage’s calculating machine, including what…

From the Genocide to Aram Khachaturian, Andy Serkis and Kim Kardashian

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 October 2015

In 1915, during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, an unprecedented campaign to exterminate the Christian Armenian population of the Empire was launched. Under the…

Splendour and spirituality in Armenian Christianity

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 November 2015

Armenia adopted Christianity as the state religion in the early fourth century. Ever since the invention of the alphabet around 405, Armenians have produced brilliantly…

Home is where the market is - trade and print culture in the Armenian Diaspora

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 December 2015

Armenians adopted printing soon after the invention of the printing press, with the first books produced in 1512-13 in Venice. Since there was not a…

Gifts from our grandmothers: domestic culture in a Diaspora family

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 December 2015

Aspects of Armenian identity have been handed down through many generations in the diaspora. This talk explores needlework and culinary traditions that have been cherished…

Introduction to Visualization in Digital Scholarship

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 October 2015

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…

Reborn digital: text, transmission, and technology

Lectures and talks; Free events

11 November 2015

Text is at the heart of many fields of digital scholarship, and understanding the production of the text we work with at scale is essential…

Linked data for digital scholarship: introducing the Semantic Web

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 November 2015

The Semantic Web can be thought of as an extension of the World Wide Web in which sufficient meaning is captured and encoded such that…

Maker fayre: engaging audiences with Early English data

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 December 2015

This workshop will explore the ins and outs of running a hackathon with digital data or content. In the second part of the session, participants…

Telling ancient tales to modern machines: representing Sumerian literary narratives as RDF

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 November 2015

Semantic Web technologies and Linked Data have the potential to support and complement traditional scholarship in Assyriology. In this talk, the suitability of three existing…

Digital representations of manuscript provenance: reconstructing the history of the Phillipps collection

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 November 2015

The manuscript collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) was almost certainly the biggest private collection ever assembled, containing more than 40,000 items. After his death,…

Songs of data: an introduction to sonification

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 November 2015

Sonification is a complementary, but lesser known, technique to visualization. In this seminar, we will introduce the technique and discuss some applications, such as working…

Discursive networks about youth in the late Soviet Union

Lectures and talks; Free events

27 November 2015

Social scientists are increasingly interested in the systematic use of text. This talk describes a method which combines qualitative content analysis with network analysis. The…

ORA workshop: discovery and digital curation of scholarly output

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 November 2015

Come along to this hands-on session to find out about the new REF Open Access requirements and how to deposit publications and data into ORA.…

In pursuit of beauty: modern guides to the hair, face, and body, 1784-1933

Displays; Free events

7 November 2015 — 10 January 2016

From the earliest days of publishing, readers have sought guidance on enhancing their appearance. This display showcases the Bodleian's rich collection of beauty guides, supplemented…

Oxford Christmas Light Festival at the Weston Library

Performances; Free events

20 November 2015

Join in with a unique reimagining of Handel's much loved Messiah by the Instant Orchestra. Reworked by Max Reinhardt (BBC Radio 3) and friends and…

'Will you play upon this?': Designing auditory displays for Early Modern drama

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 November 2015

An Oxford e-Research Centre and Centre for Digital Scholarship Workshop Do you work with early modern drama or music? Come to a workshop on sonifying…

What am I? discovering albums in the Bodleian collections

Courses; Free events

2 December 2015

Join us for a day of discovery and investigation as we aim to list the contents of some albums of scraps, clippings, and odds and…

Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

Displays; Free events

6 November 2015 — 24 December 2015

Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a major new artwork by the acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker that celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in…

Shelley's Poetical Essay: the Bodleian Libraries' 12 millionth book

Displays; Free events

11 November 2015 — 23 December 2015

Come and see the Bodleian Libraries' 12 millionth printed book: a unique copy of a pamphlet entitled Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things…

Magna Carta on Oxford Parliament Day

Displays; Free events

19 November 2015

This one-day Magna Carta display celebrates Oxford Parliament Day, an opportunity for Sixth-Formers to explore questions of parliamentary representation and the work of select committees.…

An ultra-fast camera for molecular imaging

Lectures and talks; Free events

24 November 2015

This seminar will present some of the science underlying the development of the Pixel Imaging Mass Spectrometry (PImMS)camera, an ultra-fast camera for molecular imaging, and…

Mini-hack: music and computing workshop for ages 11-16

Family events; Workshops; Free events; Special events

5 December 2015

Get creative in a hands-on computing workshop where we’ll be hacking code & sound at the Weston Library with Sandbox Education. As part of Oxford's…

Making Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

Lectures and talks; Free events; Special events

4 December 2015

Join acclaimed artist Cornelia Parker as she discusses her practice, with a focus on the ideas and inspiration behind Magna Carta (An Embroidery). Parker will…

Exploring the UK Web: an introduction to web archives as scholarly resources

Workshops; Free events

11 December 2015

‘The Web’, in the 25 years of its existence, has become deeply ingrained in modern life: it is where we find information, communicate, research, share…

Christmas card printing workshop

Family events; Courses

27 November 2015

Design and hand-print your own cards using the Bodleian's historic printing presses, within the Old Bodleian Library. A guided workshop for you to make and…

Behind the colours of the Armenian artist: the devil is in the detail

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 January 2016

A wealth of ingredients from precious and poisonous minerals to unassuming plants and miniscule insects were transformed into pigments by the expert hands of Armenian…

Armenian Papers: fact, fiction and translation in the Monastery of San Lazzaro

Lectures and talks; Free events

27 January 2016

The Armenian Monastery of San Lazzaro, in the lagoon of Venice, has been a centre for translation since the late eighteenth century. It was only…

Monarchy and power in the Stuart Age: a study day for secondary school history teachers

Workshops; Free events

30 January 2016

The Stuart era is pivotal in British history. Spanning the years 1603 to 1714, it included the greatest British civil war, two revolutions, and eventually…

Julia Margaret Cameron: Victorian networks, empire and the history of photography today

Displays; Conferences & symposia; Free events

20 January 2016

The year 2015 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Calcutta-born photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. In eight short statements, researchers and curators will reflect on…

Masterclass: Medingen Manuscripts

Masterclasses; Free events

22 January 2016

A masterclass from Professor Henrike Lähnemann, Chair of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics. The class will examine manuscripts made in the Cistercian convent of Medingen…

Games we played

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 January 2016

Richard Ballam talks about the rich collections of games and pastimes he has recently donated to the Bodleian, the subject of the display Playing with…

Easter Rising: responses and reflections, 1916-2016

Displays; Free events

1 February 2016 — 3 April 2016

A display to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, using the Bodleian Library’s extensive collections of contemporary political and literary papers. Image: 1916…

Easter 1916: what happened, why and how did it change Ireland?

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 February 2016

An event reflecting on the anniversary of the Easter Rising. His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, will give a talk entitled…

From card to computer: a Bodleian catalogue and Early Modern Letters Online

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 February 2016

Howard Hotson (Professor of Early Modern Intellectual History, University of Oxford) and Miranda Lewis (Digital Editor, Early Modern Letters Online) will discuss the Bodleian's invaluable…

Making exhibitions of ourselves: the Bodleian's treasures on display

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 March 2016

This talk will consider the Library's displays of treasures, from the 19th-century disputes over the exhibition cases in Duke Humfrey's Library, to the choices facing…

Harold Wilson at 100: white heat and after

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 March 2016

Harold Wilson made the political weather in British politics as soon as he became Leader of the Labour Party in early 1963. He transformed the…

Playing with history

Displays; Free events

8 January 2016 — 6 March 2016

Playing with History celebrates Richard Ballam's donation to the Bodleian of his rich and varied collection of games and pastimes. This small selection of items…

Maps of Oxford

Displays; Free events

14 January 2016 — 24 January 2016

A small display that includes the earliest surviving map of Oxford to celebrate the publication of the 'An Historical Map of Oxford from Medieval to…

Harold Wilson

Displays; Free events

10 March 2016 — 8 May 2016

A display marking the centenary of the birth of Harold Wilson, Prime Minister 1964-70 and 1974-76, featuring personal and political papers, images and ephemera relating…

Julia Margaret Cameron: The Henry Taylor Album

Displays; Free events

8 January 2016 — 24 January 2016

The photographs of Victorian photographic pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) can be found in a number of albums held at the Bodleian Library, amongst it…

Villiers Quartet

Performances; Free events

4 February 2016

The Villiers Quartet will play extracts of William Sterndale Bennett Quartet in G Major in the atrium of the Weston Library.…

A Portrait of Friendship - pre-concert talk

Performances; Free events

5 February 2016

Barry Sterndale-Bennett will discuss the friendship between three of the most influential composers of the Romantic era - Sterndale Bennett, Mendelssohn and Schumann. The Villiers…

Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse

Lectures and talks; Performances; Free events

5 February 2016

Screening and discussion A documentary film fourteen years in the making, Beatus: The Spanish Apocalypse explores the art, history and cultural ramifications of one of…

1594: Shakespeare's most important year

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 March 2016

In the summer of 1594 William Shakespeare decided to invest around £50 to become a shareholder in a newly formed acting company: the Lord Chamberlain's…

Donne to Death

Lectures and talks; Free events

11 May 2016

John Donne's sermon, Death's duell , was part of an early Stuart vogue for funeral sermons. Professor McCullough discusses Donne's contribution to this genre, and…

Memorialising Shakespeare: The First Folio and other elegies

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 May 2016

Ben Jonson wrote in 1623 that Shakespeare 'art a Moniment, without a tombe/ And art alive still, while thy Booke doth live'. Centuries later Jorge…

Visualizing Australian rock art and archaeological heritage

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 January 2016

The use of data capture and visualisation technologies has grown dramatically, embracing the needs of researchers, stakeholder communities, cultural resource managers, tourists and the general…

Making music notation searchable: large-scale optical music recognition, search, and retrieval across institutions

Lectures and talks; Free events

26 January 2016

While music libraries around the world are digitizing millions of musical scores, there are currently very few efforts underway at extracting the musical content from…

Ada Lovelace, numbers and notes: a short journey into music, mathematics and computation at the time of Lovelace and Babbage

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 January 2016

Ada Lovelace’s notes on music and computation inspired the musical content of the Ada Lovelace Symposium held at the University of Oxford in December, on…

Everyday death in Shakespeare's England

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 May 2016

Coroners' inquest reports into accidental deaths tell us about the hazards of everyday life in Shakespeare's day. There were dangerous jobs, not just building, mining…

War and death in Shakespeare's England

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 June 2016

England engaged in war on several fronts, in the Netherlands, in France, in Ireland and at sea, during the lifetime of Shakespeare. Soldiers and sailors…

Shakespeare's dead: women

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 June 2016

Simon Palfrey explores the deaths - and sometimes the return to life - of Shakespeare's female characters, with the help of actors Abi Hood and…

Shakespeare's dead: men

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 June 2016

Simon Palfrey explains how male characters die in the plays of Shakespeare: swordfights, combat and baked in a pie. Professor Palfrey will be joined by…

Life, death and astrology in Shakespeare's England

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 June 2016

If the star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had lived in London, they might have consulted the astrologer-physician Simon Forman, whose casebook is shown in the…

Shakespeare's Dead

Exhibitions; Free events

22 April 2016 — 18 September 2016

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Bodleian Libraries will be displaying a major exhibition that confronts the theme of death itself in…

Framing digital objects within context and provenance

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 January 2016

A digital object derives much of its meaning from attributes that are not intrinsic to the artefact itself. A description of the circumstances in which…

Visualizing UK immigration for and with non-academics

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 February 2016

Researchers in the humanities and social sciences increasingly visualize their data and results for non-academic audiences like policymakers, civil society organizations, or journalists. They may…

Procedural Blending: a model of process in sound art practice

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 March 2016

Sound art includes a complex set of practices across multiple modes, media or tools. Expanded from a cognitive science model, Procedural Blending was developed to…

Venus and Adonis

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 May 2016

In 1592-93, with London playhouses closed because of plague, Shakespeare wrote his most technically perfect work. Venus and Adonis (1593) is a highly original 'take'…

Mesoamerican manuscripts: new scientific approaches and interpretations

Conferences & symposia

31 May 2016

This conference brings together an outstanding panel of scholars and experts in Mesoamerican studies. They will be sharing their knowledge and recent findings on the…

Exultation and despondency: the digital reconstruction of the lost partbooks of John Sadler

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 February 2016

Among the many examples of Tudor music in Oxford’s libraries is a badly damaged set of partbooks written by schoolmaster John Sadler in the mid…

Digitizing meningitis: thirty years of sequencing the meningococcus

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 February 2016

This talk will chart the rise and fall of the meninfococcus epidemic, focusing on the role of digital technologies in unravelling the mysteries of the…

Performing the treasures

Performances; Free events

26 March 2016

A dancer's response to the Weston Library space, in a performance of classical Indian dance. The opening of the Weston Library reveals beautiful books and…

The Magic of Shakespeare

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 April 2016

This lecture will celebrate Shakespeare's immortality on the exact 400th anniversary of his burial. It will begin from Theseus' famous speech in A Midsummer Night's…

Hand-Press Printing

Courses

8 June 2016

Learn to compose type and create your own work in letterpress. Print a small piece of text or collaborate on a booklet. During this 4…

Bodleian Treasures: 24 pairs

Exhibitions; Free events

25 February 2016 — 19 February 2017

An exhibition displaying a selection of the Bodleian Libraries' most magnificent items. It features rare and renowned items including Tolkien's illustrations from The Hobbit ,…

How to talk like Shakespeare

Lectures and talks; Free events

18 March 2016

Going back to the pronunciation of Shakespeare's time brings huge new dynamism to familiar texts, and reveals a wealth of nuances, puns, and rhymes that…

Writing - drawing - hearing: musical science in Restoration Oxford

Masterclasses; Free events

22 February 2016

Benjamin Wardhaugh (All Souls) gives a masterclass on manuscripts and printed books of early modern music in Bodleian collections.…

Summer School in hand-press printing, history and practice

Courses

27 June 2016

A week-long course in printing history and practical printing for researchers, librarians, and others who work with books from the hand-press period. Covering technical aspects…

Where quantum mechanics meets Alzheimer's disease

Lectures and talks; Free events

11 March 2016

With an increasing life expectancy, the number of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease increased to 48 million worldwide in 2015 placing an enormous social and…

Quill Project: constitutions and other negotiated texts

Lectures and talks; Free events

1 March 2016

The Quill platform is a new project to facilitate research into the process by which committees negotiate texts, especially in the context of constitutional conventions…

The Delius Catalogue of Works

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 March 2016

Digital music cataloguing possibilities for scholars and performers Digital research is an increasing priority in the humanities, and yet scholars frequently lack the necessary technical…

Colloquium on Easter 1916

Conferences & symposia; Free events

10 March 2016

This colloquium is organised around four panel sessions discussing the remembrance and impact of the 1916 Easter Rising. Taking part in the discussions from the…

An unpublished sonnet sequence in the Rawlinson collection

Masterclasses; Free events

7 March 2016

In Bodleian MS Rawl. C 639, The ioyes of heauven delivered in sonnetts is an unpublished and little known English Catholic sonnet sequence of the…

Alan Turing Institute Symposium on Reproducibility for Data Intensive Research

Conferences & symposia; Free events

6 April 2016

This symposium will discuss the challenges around reproducibility and sustainability of data-intensive research outputs, across the disciplines of focus of the Alan Turing Institute (ATI).…

The making of ancient Mexican pictorial codices by the Tlacuilo

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 June 2016

This talk will focus on the figure of the 'tlacuilo', or 'the one who writes by painting'. The 'tlacuilos' were painters, writers, and highly educated…

Mexico's Painted Histories

Displays; Free events

13 May 2016 — 3 July 2016

Aztec culture, Mixtec genealogies, ancient gods and sacred rituals are depicted in five manuscripts held at the Bodleian from early Mexico in this display: Codex…

Tour of Duke Humfrey's Library

Tours; Free events

(daily; various times)

A guided visit of Duke Humfrey's Library - a magnificent medieval library, still in use today, where generations of famous scholars have studied through the…

Adam Dant's globe printing workshop

Workshops; Free events

2 April 2016

For the Westgate Cultural Meridian project Following the techniques of Renaissance globe-makers, and possibly inventing new methods, this workshop will create 3-dimensional globes from 2-dimensional…

Sheldon Tapestry Map talks

Lectures and talks; Free events

21 March 2016 — 24 March 2016

A member of the Bodleian's Map Room team will talk about the background of the Sheldon Tapestry Map of Worcestershire, which is displayed in Blackwell…

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations

Family events; Free events

23 April 2016

A celebration at the Weston Library in honour of Shakespeare's birthday. Visit the Bodleian Libraries exhibition, Shakespeare's Dead , and celebrate Shakespeare's life. Learn and…

Sterndale Bennett at 200

Displays; Free events

9 April 2016 — 12 June 2016

A small display to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the composer William Sterndale Bennett (1816-75) who was championed in his day by Mendelssohn…

'O rare Ben Jonson!'

Displays; Free events

18 June 2016 — 28 August 2016

A small display dedicated to the dramatist and poet Ben Jonson (1572-1637), in his own time regarded as the greatest of all English authors, surpassing…

Joseph Sassoon, Anatomy of Authoritarianism in the Arab Republics

Lectures and talks; Free events

24 May 2016

By examining the system of authoritarianism in eight Arab republics, Joseph Sassoon portrays life under these regimes and explores the mechanisms underpinning their resilience. How…

Mary Beard talks to Richard Ovenden

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 April 2016

Bodley Lecture: A Don's life and award of Bodley Medal Britain's best known classicist Professor Mary Beard talks to Bodley's Librarian Richard Ovenden about her…

Alan Garner, author and inspiration: a discussion of landscape and legacy

Lectures and talks; Free events

4 April 2016

Neel Mukherjee and Richard Ovenden talk to Erica Wagner Booker-shortlisted author Neel Mukherjee and Bodley's librarian Richard Ovenden talk to critic and writer Erica Wagner…

Public reading in monastic observance: the framework of norms

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 May 2016

Medieval books were not always silent on the shelves of libraries, even in monasteries. These lectures explore the role of public reading in the lives…

Reading the Gospel

Lectures and talks; Free events

5 May 2016

Medieval books were not always silent on the shelves of libraries, even in monasteries. These lectures explore the role of public reading in the lives…

Reading the Bible

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 May 2016

Medieval books were not always silent on the shelves of libraries, even in monasteries. These lectures explore the role of public reading in the lives…

Celebrating the Saints

Lectures and talks; Free events

12 May 2016

Medieval books were not always silent on the shelves of libraries, even in monasteries. These lectures explore the role of public reading in the lives…

Reading in Chapter

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 May 2016

Medieval books were not always silent on the shelves of libraries, even in monasteries. These lectures explore the role of public reading in the lives…

Reading at Collation: monastic ideals and the practice of public reading

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 May 2016

Medieval books were not always silent on the shelves of libraries, even in monasteries. These lectures explore the role of public reading in the lives…

'Eloquence vault mieulx que force': Vernacular Translations of Plutarch and Political Argument in Renaissance France

Lectures and talks; Free events

26 May 2016

The Royal Bank of Canada Foundation Lecture A surprising number of early Renaissance thinkers were also translators of Plutarch. This lecture explores the rise of…

Architecture of Oxford - Linocut Printmaking Course

Workshops

18 June 2016

Learn to make a linocut print, from a blank sheet of paper to glorious poster, in one day. The course takes place at the Bodleian…

Crowdsourcing and humanities research

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 May 2016

Is crowdsourcing a viable tool for literary historians and critics to use in their research? How might the fruits of crowdsourced projects be used for…

Digital wildfires: the challenge of provocative content on social media

Lectures and talks; Free events

24 May 2016

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are hugely popular in modern life and bring many benefits. However they also risk 'digital…

Altered senses, excited brains and ageing grey matter

Lectures and talks; Free events

31 May 2016

Investigating the brain basis of autism, schizophrenia and dementia Research into the brain basis of neuropsychiatric conditions can use clues to identify which brain regions…

Speaking in absence: letters in the digital age

Conferences & symposia

21 June 2016

Speaking in Absence is a one-day conference, organised by Oxford students as the result of this year's Postgraduate Conference Competition run by The Oxford Centre…

Uncover the hidden

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 June 2016

Did you know that, in addition to welcoming thousands of students and academics each year, the Bodleian Library also carries out its own scientific research?…

The drones club: consumer UAVs, their (ab)uses & countermeasures

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 May 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or 'drones') have been in consumer hands and newspaper headlines for several years now. While their much-touted potential to dramatically change…

Data, scholarship and libraries

Lectures and talks; Free events

27 May 2016

Data, long understood as essential evidence for scholarship, are now viewed as products to be shared, reused, and curated. Libraries, long understood to be responsible…

#Brexit or #StrongerIn? the rhetoric of EU referendum hashtags

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 June 2016

Drawing upon sociology of culture and digital rhetoric literature, this talk will illuminate the persuasive function of hashtags in the context of the UK EU…

Making the most of digitized books and manuscripts: a free IIIF workshop

Workshops; Free events

27 May 2016

Learn about new digital tools for humanities research and build your own virtual workspace for viewing books and manuscripts from libraries around the world in…

Collector, dealer and forger: the perils of collecting bindings in the 19th century

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 June 2016

An illustrated lecture on love of fine binding and the perils of collecting. Mirjam Foot is Emeritus Professor of Library & Archive Studies at UCL.…

The science of woodblock illustrations

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 June 2016

S Blair Hedges is Professor in Biology and Director of the Center for Biodiversity at Temple University. Also a scholar of printed illustrations, he has…

SEAHA special seminar in multispectral and hyperspectral imaging

Conferences & symposia; Free events

30 June 2016

Multispectral/hyperspectral imaging is the process in which image data is captured at specific frequencies across the ultra violet (VIS) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. The imaging…

Digital humanities: ferment in the field

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 June 2016

As digital humanities continues to grow and develop as a discipline, both in terms of its interdisciplinary work and the development of research questions specific…

15cBOOKTRADE

Free events; Special events

23 June 2016

The public launch of the 15cBOOKTRADE and its newly developed digital resources for scholarly research: Material Evidence in Incunabula, TEXT-inc, Visualisation and Image-matching applications.…

A Humument: metamorphosis of a book

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 June 2016

Tom Phillips's 'treated Victorian novel', A Humument , is a uniquely hybrid object. Part literature and part artwork, it is published as a book but…

Shakespeare and the Victorians

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 October 2016

When the tercentenary of Shakespeare's birth was celebrated in 1864, Robert Browning observed that he and his contemporaries had Shakespeare 'in our very bones and…

Othello in Oxford

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 July 2016

This event has been CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. The Bodleian Libraries apologizes for any inconvenience caused. What did the people think of Shakespeare and…

Performing Shakespeare: then and now

Lectures and talks; Free events

26 October 2016

Accompanied by actors to help illustrate their points, Jonathan Lloyd, Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre, and Tiffany Stern, Professor of Early Modern Drama, discuss performing…

Nature/Nurture

Performances; Free events

26 June 2016

A dance performance taking inspiration from our Shakespeare's Dead exhibition . Nature/Nurture draws upon themes and ideas from the works of Shakespeare, including Twelfth Night…

The World of Ariosto

Displays; Free events

16 June 2016 — 17 June 2016

A small display to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando furioso , one of the world's greatest chivalric poems.…

Doing (very) contemporary history with the archived Web

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 June 2016

Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury, and the sharia law controversy of 2008 The decade following the turn of the millennium may have seen an epochal…

Caring for Capability Brown's landscapes in the twenty-first century

Lectures and talks; Free events

20 July 2016

Join the head gardeners of Stowe and Compton Verney to explore the challenges, changes and rewards of protecting and preserving Capability Brown's landscapes in his…

Middle-earth map annotated by JRR Tolkien

Displays; Free events

23 June 2016

Display extended due to public demand. The map of Middle-earth will now be on display during Friday 24 June, 9am-5pm. A one-day display of recently-discovered…

Application of visual analytics to aviation safety

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 June 2016

Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interface. This Visual Analytics lecture series aims to provide a basic understanding of…

Application of visual analytics to healthcare associated infection

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 June 2016

Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interface. This Visual Analytics lecture series aims to provide a basic understanding of…

Application of visual analytics to maritime domain awareness

Lectures and talks; Free events

13 October 2016

Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interface. This Visual Analytics lecture series aims to provide a basic understanding of…

Application of visual analytics to cyber security

Lectures and talks; Free events

3 November 2016

Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interface. This Visual Analytics lecture series aims to provide a basic understanding of…

Application of visual analytics to financial stability monitoring

Lectures and talks; Free events

17 November 2016

Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interface. This Visual Analytics lecture series aims to provide a basic understanding of…

Application of visual analytics to social media analysis

Lectures and talks; Free events

24 November 2016

Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interface. This Visual Analytics lecture series aims to provide a basic understanding of…

What is Visual Analytics?

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 December 2016

Visual analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interface. This Visual Analytics lecture series aims to provide a basic understanding of…

Alice's Day at the Weston Library

Family events; Free events

2 July 2016

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

Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona

Performances; Special events

19 July 2016 — 31 July 2016

The Bodleian Library and the Oxford Playhouse are delighted to be welcoming back the Globe Theatre on Tour this July to perform Two Gentlemen of…

A Midsummer Night's Reading Challenge

Free events; Special events

9 July 2016

Oxfordshire Library Service's popular Adult Summer Reading Challenge joins with the Bodleian Libraries this year to launch A Midsummer Night's Read , focusing on books…

Sonnet's Alive

Free events; Special events

9 July 2016 — 18 September 2016

Shakespeare may be dead, but his special poetic form, the English or Shakespearean sonnet, is very much alive. Poets use it, and adapt it, quarrel…

The English Garden: views and visitors

Displays; Free events

8 July 2016 — 4 September 2016

Marking the tercentenary of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, England's most famous landscape architect, this display tells the story of eighteenth century garden design, creativity and tourism.…

Bodley's first women

Displays; Free events

3 September 2016 — 23 October 2016

Set against the timeline of the Bodleian's first permanent female librarian, Frances Underhill, this display looks at the work and lives of the early female…

Tuberculosis: milestones of discovery and innovation

Displays; Free events

9 September 2016 — 16 October 2016

Tuberculosis has been present in humans since ancient times and continues to infect millions world-wide every year. This small display charts moments in the history…

Sea of Troubles: Yorke Dance Project

Performances; Free events

18 September 2016

Dynamic contemporary ballet company directed by Yolande Yorke Edgell presents excerpts from Sir Kenneth MacMillan's rarely-performed work, Sea of Troubles, based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, with…

Women in science in the archives

Conferences & symposia; Free events

8 September 2016

This half-day seminar will look at women's engagement with science in the past through the Bodleian's historical archives, trace the changing nature of their role,…

Digital hermeneutics and cross platform research: walking to the theatre in Shakespeare's London

Lectures and talks; Free events

1 September 2016

This talk will present a street view of theatre routes that London playgoers walked before and during the Shakespearean period. In doing so, it will…

Hakluyt and the Renaissance Discovery of the World

Conferences & symposia

24 November 2016

Richard Hakluyt's Principall Navigations Voiages and Discoveries of the English Nation (1589) is one of the most important collections of travel writing ever published, at…

The World in a Book

Lectures and talks; Free events

28 October 2016

William Poole (New College) introduces the books which heralded an era of exploration, discovery, and imperial expansion. The lecture opens a display at the Bodleian's…

Staging History

Exhibitions; Free events

14 October 2016 — 8 January 2017

Staging History explores how history was told on stage in Regency-era Britain. Exploration, revolution and patriotism take centre stage, as the exhibition examines the influence…

Jewish books in Christian hands

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 October 2016

In this talk, Dr Piet Van Boxel attempts to explore the multifarious ways that Hebrew books were read, analysed and judged by members of the…

The unskilled scribe: elementary hands and their place in the history of handwriting

Conferences & symposia; Free events

30 September 2016

On 30 September the Bodleian Library will host (with the generous support of APICES and Lincoln College Oxford) the ninth seminar of the series "Écritures…

Oxford Open Doors

Free events; Special events

10 September 2016 — 11 September 2016

Saturday 10 September Radcliffe Science Library 10.30am-2pm The Radcliffe Science Library will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors 2016 .…

William Sterndale Bennett's 200th birthday: A concert of his music

Friends of the Bodleian

13 April 2016

Including songs and 'The Maid of Orleans' sonata presented and performed by David Owen Norris on a Broadwood Grand Piano of 1828, with Mark Wilde…

Behind-the-scenes tour of the Weston Library

Friends of the Bodleian

24 April 2016

*Exclusive offer for members of the Friends of the Bodleian* The 90-minute guided tour will include visits to the beautifully restored reading rooms, state-of-the-art Centre…

National Biography and the Bodleian

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

26 April 2016

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of 60,000 men and women who’ve shaped the British past from the Roman occupation to…

Undercover: a look inside the Bodleian Blackwell Collection

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

17 May 2016

The B H Blackwells (Sir Basil and his father) were fiercely patriotic, yet incensed by the mindless slaughter of the Great War and by the…

The Bodleian Music School Collection

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

12 July 2016

'...so many setts of books as were given by Mr Doctor Heather to the Universitie of Oxford' The formation, content and importance of the Bodleian…

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