Channel 4 News joins the Treasures debate

6 December 2011

Channel 4 News team join the Bodleian debate on ‘what makes a treasure?’ Each day this week, a member of the newsroom will present a single object from the library's current exhibition, Treasures of the Bodleian, and explain its significance to them as working journalists. 

Here is the introduction to the Bodleian Treasures series on Channel 4 News website. Richard Ovenden, Deputy Librarian explains the reason why the Bodleian has put its treasures on display four years before the opening of the Weston Library in 2015:

Monday, 5 December  

Channel 4 News Culture Editor, Matthew Cain, presents Shakespeare’s First Folio

Tuesday, 6 December

Channel 4 Science Correspondent, Tom Clarke presents Robert Hooke’s Micrographia 

Wednesday, 7 December

Channel 4 News Presenter, Jon Snow talks about Henry Purcell's Ode for St Cecilia's Day 

Thursday, 8 December

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman on Suffragette movement material.

Friday, 9 December  

The first trade agreement between England and Japan. Faisal Islam assesses the significance of a 1613 trade deal between England and Japan. 


The Treasures of the Bodleian exhibition looks towards the new permanent exhibitions gallery in the Weston Library which will open in 2015. Members of the public can give their thoughts on which of the library's treasures should be put on permanent display in the new building. Visitors to the exhibitions are also invited to take part in the debate on what makes a particular book, manuscript or relic - out of a collection of nine million - a treasure? They can offer their own views when visiting the exhibition, or via our website:

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