Visitors have just one week left to view the Bodleian Libraries' explosive Volcanoes exhibition.
The exhibition, which closes on Sunday 21 May, was selected by The Guardian as 'one to watch' in 2017 and has won acclaim for its dramatic exploration into how our understanding of volcanoes has evolved over the past two millennia.
Featuring a spectacular selection of eye witness accounts, scientific observations and artwork, some of which has never been on display before, visitors can explore human interactions with some of the most extreme volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Objects on show range from Pliny the Younger's account of the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, to specimens that trace the emergence of modern volcano science, or volcanology, in the 19th century.
To date more than 50,000 people have visited Volcanoes making it one of the most popular exhibitions held at the Weston Library. Many objects come from the Bodleian's historic collections, but the exhibition also features items on loan from the Natural History Museum in London and from the University of Oxford's Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the History of Science and Magdalen College.
Highlights on display for just a few more weeks include fragments of 'burnt' papyrus scroll that were buried during the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius, the earliest known manuscript image of a volcano, as well as 18th and 19th century weather diaries capturing the distant effects and freak weather conditions caused by major volcanic eruptions in Iceland and Indonesia.
The exhibition has received high praise from both members of the public and the press. Visitors have called the exhibition 'the perfect size - digestible and intriguing' and 'just the right information to absorb in one visit'. The Guardian praised the exhibition's content as 'full of fascinating facts and curious byways', while the arts news website Artsy described it as 'a paean to human adventure and exploration, as well as showing the indomitable force of nature'.
The Weston Library is one of the newest cultural destinations in Oxford and has welcomed more than 1.1 million visitors since opening to the public in March 2015. The Library has also won a string of architectural awards and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2016.An accompanying publication to the exhibition, Volcanoes: Encounters through the Ages, is available to purchase from the Bodleian Libraries shop, online or instore www.bodleianshop.co.uk.