Upcoming exhibitions

Jane Austen's manuscript of The Watsons

Which Jane Austen?

23 June-29 October 2017
Weston Library, Oxford

To mark 200 years since the death of Jane Austen, a major new exhibition at Oxford Universityís Bodleian Libraries will challenge the current public perception of one of Englandís greatest literary heroes.

Which Jane Austen? presents Austen as an ambitious and risk-taking businesswoman and a wartime writer who was informed and inspired by the surprising international adventures of her family and relations. Through a spectacular selection of Austen materials displayed together for the first time, the Bodleian Libraries delve into the myriad influences on this great writer's work.

Bilbo comes to the hut of the raftelves

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

1 June-28 October 2018
Weston Library, Oxford

This exhibition will explore the full breadth of Tolkienís unique literary imagination from his creation of Middle-earth, the imagined world where The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and his other works are set, to his life and work as an artist, poet, medievalist and scholar of languages.

For the first time since the 1950s, an unprecedented array of Tolkien materials from the UK and the USA will be reunited in Oxford and displayed together in this seminal exhibition. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth will feature manuscripts, artwork, maps, letters and artefacts from the Bodleianís foremost Tolkien Archive, the Tolkien Collection at Marquette University in the USA and from private collections. The exhibition will delight both Tolkien fans as well as scholars, families and visitors of all ages. 

Upcoming displays

Image from James Mill's History of British India, IND 98 E 59, plate XX

Writing the history of the Raj

25 March - 14 May 2017
Proscholium, Old Bodleian Library

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

Painting by numbers

29 April - 9 July 2017
Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Ferdinand Bauer was the artist behind one of the world's great botanical books, the Flora Graeca (1806-40). Bauer made hundreds of pencil sketches of plants and animals when he explored the eastern Mediterranean in 1786-87. Modern scientific analyses reveal the techniques Bauer used to transform his sketches into more than 1,200 of the finest natural history illustrations ever made.

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