Upcoming exhibitions

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Martin Parr: Oxford

8 September - 22 October 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

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

Parr's distinctive and unique observations cast a wry eye over the events without resorting to political statement or critique.

 Bilbo comes to the huts of raft elves

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

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Brave new books

15 July - 3 September 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

From hand-painted recycled cardboard to traditional artisanal skills, contemporary publishers from Latin America demonstrate that invention and craft can overcome difficult circumstances to produce striking new books.

 Evelyn Waugh - Photo credit, Carl Van Vechten

City of aquatint

26 August - 22 October 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

Discover the 1920s city that hosted Waughís drunken adolescence, inspired wartime classic Brideshead Revisited, and permeated his imagination throughout his life. This exhibition celebrates OUPís new Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh.

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