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

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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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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 exhibitions

Babel: adventures in translation

15 February - 2 June 2019

ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library

An exhibition exploring the ubiquity and power of translation in the movement of ideas, stories and cultural practices. Through a stunning selection of exhibits ranging from Greek papyri and illuminated manuscripts to beast-fables, religious books and road signs, Babel tells the story of how ideas have travelled via the medium of translation into different languages and cultures, enabling collaboration, renewing narratives and stimulating creativity.

Talking Maps

July 2019 - February 2020

ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library

The Bodleian Libraries’ summer 2019 exhibition is a celebration of maps and the stories they tell. Drawing on the Bodleian’s unparalleled map collection, Talking Maps brings together an extraordinary collection of ancient, pre-modern and contemporary maps in a range of media as well as showcasing fascinating imaginary, fictional and war maps. The exhibition will explore how maps are neither transparent objects of scientific communication, nor baleful tools of ideology, but rather proposals about the world that help people to understand who they are by describing where they are.

 Upcoming Displays

Cupid and Psyche

January - March 2019

Proscholium, Bodleian Library

Coffers and Carriers

January - February 2019

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library

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