The Miniature Stage - 19th Century English Toy Theatre in Christ Church Collections (returning to the Library in Hilary 2017)
Among the many treasures of Christ Church Library is a very little known, but extraordinarily valuable and huge collection of theatrical ephemera donated by Francis Bridgford Brady in 1977. Containing tens of thousands of items ranging in date from the 17th to 20th centuries, the collection spans a range of theatrical and entertainment subjects and is an invaluable primary resource for entertainment and wider social history. The exhibition will re-open on 23 January 2017.
As Hakluyt’s old college, Christ Church Library is a key site for this commemorative series and will make a distinctive contribution to it. Events will start with the opening of the exhibition Hakluyt and Geography in Oxford 1550–1650. This exhibition will be launched on 14 October 2016 with a symposium at Christ Church on Renaissance scientific instruments. In November, events will include workshops on scientific instruments from the Christ Church collection by Dr Allan Chapman and Dr Johnston. We are also planning a two-day international conference, Hakluyt and the Discovery of the World, on 24 November at Christ Church, and on 25 November at the Bodleian Library.
From 12 May 2016, a selection of Oxford’s early music treasures will be on display in the spectacular Upper Library at Christ Church. This special exhibition showcases the music-books used by singers in the age of Queen Elizabeth I, with special emphasis placed on partbooks – matching sets of volumes in which each singer views only her or his own voice-part.
The exhibition presents Sir John Beazley's work and assesses his lasting influence on the study of ancient Greek pottery. The exhibition runs from 26 January to 3 May 2016.
Running from 5 November 2015 to 15 January 2016, to mark the 350th anniversary of the publication of Robert Hooke's Micrographia, the first book of microscopy. The event is organized at Christ Church, where Hooke was an undergraduate from 1653 to 1658.
During summer of 2015, Christ Church Library hosted an exhibition of Lewis Carroll photographs. This exhibition navigated the medium's early history, bringing together a selection of photographs from the Library's archives, as well as (on loan) from an extensive private collection.
The exhibition illustrated what might have been printed on a wooden intaglio rolling press that was located in the Upper Library.