'Citizen Milton' in The Times Top Five Museums

14 January 2008

The Bodleian Library’s winter exhibition, Citizen Milton, has made The Times Top Five Museums this week. ‘A celebration of the poet’s life and work’, the exhibition was ranked the second nationwide. The last Bodleian exhibition which made the top on the fifth place was Children’s Games and Pastimes, winter 2005-06.

Celebrating the quatercentenary of Milton’s birth, the display presents Milton’s major works in important and beautiful editions from the Bodleian Library’s collections including the rare first edition of Areopagitica and the first twelve-book edition of the greatest epic poem in the English language, Paradise Lost, printed in octavo format, with a portrait engraving made by William Dolle.

Dr. Chris Fletcher, Head of Western Manuscripts, said: ‘We are delighted that our exhibition was ranked second in The Times Online Top Five Museums. Exploring the theme of citizenship in Milton’s work is a topical approach but this is done through the display of many rare, unique and fascinating books, objects and pictures. I hope people come along to discover for themselves – for free!’

Curated by the acclaimed Milton scholar Dr Sharon Achinstein, Fellow of St Edmund Hall, the exhibition was officially opened by Philip Pullman on 7 December 2007. You can listen to the BODcast of the opening speech on this website.

The exhibition is open until 28 April 2008 and can be visited Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. in the Exhibition Room, Old Schools Quadrangle, Catte Street, Oxford. The exhibition closes for Easter from Friday 21 March to Monday 24 March 2008 inclusive. Admission is free.

The Top Five Museums can be viewed at: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/whats_on/article3154439.ece

Citizen Milton online exhibition can be viewed at: www.cems.ox.ac.uk/citizenmilton/index.shtml

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