Current and upcoming exhibitions

Current exhibitions

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Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared

6 March 2018 - 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.

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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

1 June - 28 October 2018

Weston Library, Oxford

This exhibition will explore the full breadth of Tolkien's unique literary imagination from his creation of Middle-earth, the imagined world where The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and his other works are set, to his life and work as an artist, poet, medievalist and scholar of languages.

For the first time since the 1950s, an unprecedented array of Tolkien materials from the UK and the USA will be reunited in Oxford and displayed together in this seminal exhibition. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth will feature manuscripts, artwork, maps, letters and artefacts from the Bodleian's foremost Tolkien Archive, the Tolkien Collection at Marquette University in the USA and from private collections. The exhibition will delight both Tolkien fans as well as scholars, families and visitors of all ages.

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Current displays

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 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.

 Hubert Parry sheet music

Songs of farewell: Hubert Parry and the end of an era

1 September - 20 October 2018

Proscholium, Bodleian Library

We relate the life and career of Hubert Parry using items from the Bodleian's collections, including the elegiac Songs of Farewell, completed shortly before his death in 1918, a month before the Armistice.

 Upcoming Displays

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The Story of Phi: Collecting Sex

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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