Upcoming exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions

Image of a medieval book - MS Ashmole 370, fols 24v-25r

Designing English

1 December 2017-22 April 2018

ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library, Oxford

The exhibition will illustrate the graphic design of handwritten manuscripts and inscriptions for the first thousand years of English, across the Middle Ages.

The exhibition will showcase the Bodleian Libraryís rich holdings of medieval manuscripts in English. It will also show English belittled and squeezed alongside the other languages more common in medieval books, and which influenced the design of English.

Bilbo comes to the huts of raft elves

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

1 June-28 October 2018

Weston Library, Oxford

This exhibition will explore the full breadth of Tolkienís 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 Bodleianís 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. 

 Upcoming displays

Image of a trench map - 28 NE 1 Zonnebeke

Passchendaele: 100 years on

28 October-26 November 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

Trench maps are a contemporary view of war at its most detailed. This display marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Image of a gold ornate manuscript - MS. Elliot 251

Making manuscripts for a Prince of the Black Sheep

11 November 2017-14 January 2018

Proscholium, Old Bodleian, Oxford

This small display showcases manuscripts made for Prince Pir Budaq, of the Turkman Black Sheep clan. It includes the first illuminated copy of the Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam, and a magnificent copy of the Masnavi of Jalal al-din Rumi.

Image of a man stood on the street

The full picture: Oxford in portraits

11 November 2017-7 January 2018

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

Hundreds of portraits of exceptional individuals hang on the walls of the University of Oxford: celebrating our past, making visible our values for the future, and helping shape the present environment.

The full picture: Oxford in portraits displays new portraits of a diverse range of people selected from over a hundred nominations of living Oxonians.

Image of a purple fabric book cover

Redesigning the medieval book

24 November 2017-21 January 2018

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

A display of newly created artistís books inspired by medieval manuscripts.

The books on display will be taken from the recent competition, Redesigning the Medieval Book, which invited contemporary bookbinders, papermakers, calligraphers, illustrators, graphic designers, handpress printers and other artists to submit their designs. The winner and a selection of entries will be on display in Blackwell Hall to run alongside the exhibition Designing English.

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