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Time Management - Conservation of Collections

Tim Management Exhibition

This is the first anatomical atlas to use dozens of engravings superimposed as a series of opening flaps as method of illustration. It is also the first conservation project undertaken by the Oxford Conservation Consortium following Christ Church joining in October 2010.

Books, etc

This exhibition features works from the Special Collections of Christ Church Library. Most of these works are books. Some however are other objects bequeathed to the Library. The criterion which brings all this diverse selection together is the works’ capacity to tell a story beyond that illustrated by their content.

Lewis Carroll in Stories and Pictures

To accompany the performance of Crocodiles in Cream in the Cathedral, this exhibition shows Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) as mathematician and logician, as photographer, poet and story-teller.

Recipe for Success

Food and drink have always been important at Christ Church. Much to the critical amusement of his enemies, Cardinal Wolsey ensured that the kitchen and the dining hall were the first buildings completed when he first began to build, in 1525, on the site of the old priory. 

Looking for Aldrich

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.


This exhibition, curated by Maria Franchini and open at Christ Church Library, marks the completion of the cataloguing of the early printed books in the Wake Collection.

Music on the Move

A new exhibition in Christ Church Upper Library, including: musical works-in-progress (compositional drafts); works transmitted in more than one state (perhaps because of a composer's changes of mind); music that circulated in single-sheet format; pieces adapted to make them fit for different uses; and modern editions that change the appearance of musical works.

Journeys on the Page

An exhibition focusing on the Christ Church Library early corpus of maps, globes, and charts  in manuscripts and printed volumes. It is an examination of the human endeavour to find ways to mirror the world we inhabit, showing that the content of any given map is as much determined by culture, historical circumstances and the interests of map makers and map users as it is by the geography that it attempts to depict. The exhibitions is organized in three main sections: Finding Our Way, Mapping the World and Zooming into Places (Jerusalem and Oxford).



Collectors and Collections: Cardinal Gifts

An exhibition to accompany 'Collectors and Collections' - a symposium presented by the Bodleian Library Centre for the Study of the Book and Christ Church, Oxford.

The exhibition will be open in Christ Church Upper Library between

20 November 2008 - 31 January 2009.

Visiting hours:
9.00 am - 1.00 pm
2.00 pm -5.00 pm


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