Educated at Westminster School under Dr Richard Busby, Henry Aldrich (1648-1710) entered Christ Church in 1662. He never left the College. In 1692, he was also appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
The accomplished versatility of Henry Aldrich was nothing short of phenomenal. He was an architect, classicist, mathematician, engraver, philosopher, poet and collector. As such, he had a profound impact on both the University and the College he led from 1689 to 1710, the year he died.
To the despair of many scholars however, in his will he directed that all his letters and manuscripts be burned. So, ‘looking for Aldrich’ has always been a very frustrating and difficult enterprise. The exhibition now open in the Upper Library complements the one organized by Christ Church Picture Gallery. It attempts to find traces of the impact Aldrich might have had on his contemporaries by focusing on his passion for mathematics and logic, achitecture and achitectural drawing. It dwells on Aldrich’s association with Oxford University Press, book design and volumes that he found inspiration in. It also offers a glimpse into a few exceptionally valuable scores that Aldrich bequethed to Christ Church, which constitute the core of the music collection.
The exhibition curated by Dr Cristina Neagu will be open between 21 January to 11 March 2011 (temporarily closed between 4-7 & 10-11 February).
Monday-Friday: 9 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 5 pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 1 pm