The art and science of colour will be celebrated at the Bodleian Libraries' first ever 'Library Lates' event on Thursday 14 December, 7-9.30pm.
Visitors to the Bodleian's Weston Library are invited to relax over a colourful cocktail and enjoy drop-in mini-exhibition tours, pigment demonstrations, a curator Q&A, hyperspectral imaging demonstrations and the neuroscience of seeing colour. Visitors can also have a go at making their own Christmas cards and join in with an Arabic calligraphy workshop. The evening event is free and open to all.
The Library Lates event has been launched by the Bodleian to help even more people in Oxford and the surrounding area see and explore the Libraries' unique collections. The event will also help showcase some of the cutting edge research being undertaken by the Bodleian and academics across the University.
Catriona Cannon, Deputy Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries said: 'We're really looking forward to holding the Bodleian's first ever Library Late and give visitors the chance to explore our wonderful collections in a more informal way. The Weston Library is open to visitors every day but we hope this event might encourage even more people who haven't yet visited to come along and see something new.
Library Lates: Colour takes place in the Weston Library's public spaces, accessed via Broad Street. As well as the drop-in activities, visitors will have late access to the exhibition Bodleian Treasures: 24 Pairs, the new Designing English: Graphics on the medieval page exhibition, and the new display, The full picture: Oxford in portraits. Curator tours of the Prince of the Black Sheep display in the Bodleian Library will also be available.
The Weston Library is one of the newest cultural destinations in Oxford and has welcomed more than 2 million visitors since opening to the public in March 2015. The Library has also won numerous architectural awards and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016. It is home to the Bodleian's incredible special collections, the second largest collection of manuscripts and archives in Britain, with items ranging in date from papyri of the 3rd century B.C. to modern correspondence and papers.