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.

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.…

Women of the Bodleian

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…

Book Launch: Jewish books in Christian hands

Lectures and talks; Free events

10 October 2016

In this new book Dr Piet Van Boxel explores the multifarious ways that Hebrew books were read, analysed and judged by members of the highest…

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…

The hunt in Mughal India

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 November 2016

Depictions of the hunt in Mughal India often reflected the varied hunting practices of the period. The minutely painted landscapes illustrate the local prey and…

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 .…

Sonnets alive

Readings; Free events

10 November 2016

Celebrating Shakespeare's poetry and sonnet-writing today A display and readings of letterpress-printed sonnets by Shakespeare and others. Join Simon Armitage (Professor of Poetry, University of…

Richard Hakluyt: the world in a book

Displays; Free events

22 October 2016 — 23 December 2016

An exhibition of Elizabethan travel books and rare maps celebrating the Oxford geographer Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616). The display will include the famous Codex Mendoza, once…

The hunt in Mughal India

Displays; Free events

29 October 2016 — 8 January 2017

This small display will feature depictions of the varied hunting practices in Mughal India. The detailed landscapes painted with exquisite care, illustrate the local prey…

Letterpress printing class

Courses

11 October 2016

Learn to compose type and create your own work in letterpress. This 6-session weekly evening course covers the basics of designing a page, setting type,…

Marconi's wireless revolution

Lectures and talks; Free events

27 October 2016

The Bodleian's Byrne-Bussey Marconi Visiting Fellows, Giovanni Paoloni and Inês Queiroz, present findings from their research into Marconi and the early development of wireless technology:…

Illuminating spectacle on the operatic stage

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 November 2016

To turn to 1830s London is to explore a time and place obsessed with lighting technologies and understanding the eye. Using the example of Gustavus…

The Ripper on the London stage

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 November 2016

In autumn 1888, Richard Mansfield's stage performance as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was bleeding into Londoners' sensibilities as the 'Jack the Ripper' killings filled…

'Come, let us sit for Tariel': The story of The Man in the Panther's Skin

Lectures and talks; Free events

19 October 2016

The Wardrop Collection of Georgian books and manuscripts in the Bodleian Library is a unique witness to nearly one thousand years of the life of…

'Amiran Unbound': Christ's last foe in the Caucasus

Lectures and talks; Free events

30 November 2016

Few may know that antiquity’s celebrated chained demigod has a literary and folk twin in the Caucasus – Amiran, an epic hero who was chained…

Open Doors Community Fair

Free events; Special events

10 September 2016

Part of this year's Oxford Open Doors weekend , the Community Fair showcases many of the amazing ways the community can benefit from, or get…

Peaches and lemons are foodstuffs

Lectures and talks; Free events

6 October 2016

Trying to classify historical texts using the BBIH Thesaurus The Institute of Historical Research collates and classifies a large variety of material relating to History…

Treasures from the Map Room

Displays; Free events

15 September 2016

Treasures from the Map Room: a journey through the Bodleian collections has just been published by Bodleian Publications. It features 75 highlights from our map…

Letterpress card workshop

Workshops

16 November 2016

Hand-print your own holiday cards in letterpress or linocut. Design and print workshop using the Bodleian's hand-operated presses in the Old Bodleian Library. Age 8+…

Hacking Sound

Free events; Special events

20 October 2016

Hack day experimenting with ways of representing data with sound or music We welcome anyone with an interest in sound, its production, reception, and technologies,…

Illuminating David Livingstone's 1870 field diary with spectral imaging

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 November 2016

The Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project is an international digital humanities collaboration to apply advanced imaging technology to the study of the manuscript of Victorian explorer…

Crossing borders and building bridges: art in European Hebrew manuscripts

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 November 2016

The 2009/10 Bodleian exhibition 'Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures' presented a wide-ranging picture of cultural encounters across Europe, Africa and Asia.…

Print workshop for families

Workshops; Free events

15 October 2016

To celebrate the opening of our Staging History exhibition, come along to the Weston Library and create your own playbill using the Bodleian's printing press.…

Portrait of a Lady

Displays; Free events

21 October 2016 — 23 December 2016

Elizabeth Hastings, Cornelia Sorabji, and Dorothy Hodgkin were three remarkable scholars, with close links to Oxford spanning three centuries. This small display, in collaboration with…

Shakespeare dead or alive

Performances; Free events

27 November 2016

A new dance and spoken word piece presented by Crossover Dance Projects, directed by Cecilia MacFarlane and Euton Daley MBE, both of whom have international…

Museums and mobile: beyond the touchscreen

Lectures and talks; Free events

15 November 2016

Mobile guides have become ubiquitous in museums, but questions persist about their impact on visitor experience in terms of visitors looking down at their device,…

Accelerating the diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 November 2016

The discovery of antibiotics in the middle of the 20th century helped reduce the number of deaths from infectious diseases globally. Unfortunately, the use of…

TEI for manuscript description at Oxford and Cambridge

Lectures and talks; Free events

25 October 2016

Since 2009 the Bodleian Library and Cambridge Digital Library have been creating digital catalogues of their Western and Oriental collections following the Guidelines of the…

Oxford Lieder Festival: The Schumann Project

Displays; Free events

15 October 2016 — 16 October 2016

A small display of music manuscripts from the Bodleian's collections to mark the opening of this year's Oxford Lieder Festival, the focus of which is…

Oxford Lieder Festival: Bach revived

Displays; Free events

21 October 2016

A small display of music manuscripts from the Bodleian's collections to celebrate this year's Oxford Lieder Festival, the focus of which is the composer Robert…

Social and cognitive dimensions of the lexicon

Lectures and talks; Free events

1 November 2016

Educated adults know some 100,000 distinct words, and they encounter and create novel words all the time. Only a fraction of all words are used…

The art of seeing

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 November 2016

We might think that we can see everything that is happening around us, and it is often said that 'seeing is believing', indicating that visual…

The visualization of the circulation of books over time and space

Lectures and talks; Free events

8 November 2016

Cristina Dondi will present 15cV, a powerful tool for the visualization of the movement of 15th-century printed books, from the time and place where they…

An introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative

Masterclasses; Free events

27 October 2016

This two-day workshop balances introductory-level lectures with hands-on practical sessions to introduce and survey the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for the creation…

Introducing endangered languages: Frisian

Lectures and talks; Free events

26 October 2016

A seminar series with a book display organised by the Taylor Institution Library . This talk will introduce Frisian - a minority language in the…

Introducing endangered languages: Csango

Lectures and talks; Free events

2 November 2016

A seminar series with a book display organized by the Taylor Institution Library . This talk will introduce Csango - an old Hungarian dialect, still…

Introducing endangered languages: Aragonese

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 November 2016

A seminar series with a book display organized by the Taylor Institution Library . This talk will introduce…

Introducing endangered languages: Kashubian & Slovincian

Lectures and talks; Free events

16 November 2016

A seminar series with a book display organized by the Taylor Institution Library . This talk will introduce Kashubian - a Slavic minority language spoken…

Introducing endangered languages: Kelabit

Lectures and talks; Free events

23 November 2016

A seminar series with a book display organized by the Taylor Institution Library . This talk will introduce Kelabit - an Austronesian language spoken on…

The mysterious Ripley Scroll

Lectures and talks; Free events

29 October 2016

Alexandra Marraccini will speak on one of the Bodleian's magnificent Ripley Scrolls, a sixteen foot long mysterious encoded recipe for the Philosopher's Stone. Drawing on…

Digital Manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries

Conferences & symposia; Free events

28 November 2016

Join us to celebrate our work on digital manuscripts at the Bodleian at a day-long event showcasing Digital.Bodleian , the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project in…

A Humument: fifty years

Lectures and talks; Free events

14 November 2016

In 1966, the artist Tom Phillips bought a copy of the forgotten Victorian novel A Human Document and started to work with it. With paint,…

Zegami: Bringing your image collections to life

Lectures and talks; Free events

9 November 2016

The internet has provided the ultimate platform for museums, art galleries and libraries to showcase their collections to a global audience. The potential for millions…

A Humument, by Tom Phillips

Displays; Free events

7 November 2016 — 14 November 2016

'A Humument is by no means an entirely serious work' - Tom Phillips A small display from the Bodleian's archival and printed collections of work…

Sleep No More: digital scholarship, online learning and liberal education in the 'post-digital' age

Lectures and talks; Free events

22 November 2016

The norms and principles of liberal education - broadly-based and cross-disciplinary learning meant at its core to cultivate those habits of mind and intellectual dispositions…

UK Parliament Week 2016: Joining Europe

Displays; Free events

14 November 2016 — 20 November 2016

The story of Britain's own entry into the European Community has been largely forgotten and few remember that it took three attempts. Entry into Europe…

Oxford's Christmas Lights Festival at the Weston Library

Free events; Special events

25 November 2016 — 27 November 2016

The Weston Library has events taking place across the weekend for Oxford's annual Christmas Light Festival. Come and join in the fun all weekend: Friday…

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

Lectures and talks; Free events

1 December 2016

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography A talk about the recently published Treasures from the Map Room by the editor, Debbie Hall, and a chance to…

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…

Poetry of Rumi, with voice and music

Performances; Free events

20 January 2017

Dr Zahra Taheri, Bahari Visiting Fellow in the Persian Arts of the Book, will read Persian poetry accompanied by live Persian santur by Dr Peyman…

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…

Eleanor Rathbone, refugee scholars and the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

18 October 2016

Having examined the archives of the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning (SPSL) deposited in the Bodleian Library, Susan Cohen will talk about…

Docking at the mother ship: the meaning of a library

Free events; Friends of the Bodleian

29 November 2016

There may be a tenuous connection between the Bodleian and a subscription library on a sheep station in New Zealand, but the role of the…

'We used to correspond': the letters of Barbara Pym and Philip Larkin

Lectures and talks; Friends of the Bodleian

10 December 2016

Reading of the letters of Philip Larkin and Barbara Pym by Oliver Ford Davies and Triona Adams, with introduction by Anthony Thwaite, OBE When Philip…

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