Current and upcoming exhibitions

Current exhibitions

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Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared

6 March 2018 - 22 February 2019

Weston Library, Oxford

Pirates and poets; suffragettes and explorers - exhibition celebrating the achievements of women who dared to do the unexpected. Sappho to Suffrage showcases some of the Bodleian's most remarkable and treasured items.

Current displays

 Poster for Unhealthy Kings and Queens exhibitions

 Unhealthy times of Kings and Queens

15 September - 11 November 2018

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

Historically, great harms were caused to the health of the Kings and Queens of England. Charles II died from an apoplectic fit despite being subjected to various treatments such as bloodletting, purging and cupping. This display explores whether today's evidence-based interventions could have changed the outcome.

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Wilfred Owen: The Pity of War

26 October - 16 December 2018

Proscholium, Bodleian Library

As the Armistice bells were ringing on 11 November 1918, Wilfred Owen’s parents received a telegram informing them that their son had been killed in action, one of 17 million casualties of the War to end all Wars. To commemorate this centenary the Bodleian is displaying a selection of original manuscripts, photographs and family possessions from the Library’s unique Owen archive.

 Upcoming Displays

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Story of Phi: Restricted Books

15 November 2018 - 13 January 2019

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

In the Victorian age, the Bodleian created a restricted category for obscene books, known as phi. This display, showcasing many items never previously exhibited, explores changing ideas about censorship and sexuality.


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