12 March 2007
Over 140 guests attended the Founder’s Lunch at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, on Saturday 10 March, an annual event honouring the memory of its founder, Sir Thomas Bodley, and his legacy of philanthropy.
Before the Lunch, guests assembled in the fifteenth-century Divinity School for a reception. There were opportunities to tour the library and see some of its treasures which were recently on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC, as part of their major exhibition, ‘In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 1000’, as well as virtual treasures, including highlights of recent Oxford Digital Library projects. Guests also had a chance to see the Bodleian Library’s winter exhibition, ‘The Flower Garden of Spring: Paintings from Mughal India’ and the W. H. Auden display marking the centenary of the poet’s birth.
After the lunch at Exeter College, Dr Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian and Director of University Library Services, gave an address in which she paid tribute to Thomas Bodley’s extraordinary vision. She highlighted several ongoing projects within the Bodleian and OULS, and the continued need for benefaction.
For the nineteenth time, the lunch was generously sponsored by Blackwell UK Ltd, as part of its support for the University of Oxford.
Photo: Guests at the annual Bodleian Library Founder’s Lunch in the Hall of Exeter College, Oxford