Upcoming exhibitions

Bilbo comes to the hut of the raftelves

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. 

 Upcoming displays

Image of books

Brave new books

15 July - 3 September 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

From hand-painted recycled cardboard to traditional artisanal skills, contemporary publishers from Latin America demonstrate that invention and craft can overcome difficult circumstances to produce striking new books.

 Red illustration of a dragon

Heroic works

18 July - 20 August 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

Designer Bookbinders, one of the world’s foremost bookbinding societies, again collaborates with Mark Getty and the Bodleian Library attracting top designer binders from around the world. This exhibition of 74 selected bindings from the third International Bookbinding Competition 2017 presents the theme of ‘Myths, Heroes & Legends’.

Throughout the ages, every culture has created myths and legends that recount the great deeds of its heroes. These works reflect a remarkable range of styles, materials, and approaches to great classics of world literature, as well as modern texts.

 Evelyn Waugh - Photo credit, Carl Van Vechten

City of aquatint

26 August - 22 October 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

Discover the 1920s city that hosted Waugh’s drunken adolescence, inspired wartime classic Brideshead Revisited, and permeated his imagination throughout his life. This exhibition celebrates OUP’s new Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh.

 Image of a group of Oxford Bedels, ceremonial officials

Martin Parr: Oxford

8 September - 22 October 2017

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Oxford

This newly-commissioned body of work documents the behind-the-scenes student antics and rituals that for many outside these elite establishments, will remain a secret.

Parr's distinctive and unique observations cast a wry eye over the events without resorting to political statement or critique.

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