Richard Hakluyt’s The Principall Navigations Voiages and Discoveries of the English Nation (1589) is one of the most important collections of travel writing ever published. The Library has Robert Burton's copy of the first edition with extensive marginalia annotations, as well as rare copies of works by Theodor de Bry, Sebastian Münster, Abraham Ortelius, Melchisedec Thévenot, amongst many others.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Hakluyt's death in November 1616, in Michaelmas term we are preparing a major exhibition and series of events in collaboration with the Hakluyt Society, Bodleian Library and Museum for the History of Science. On behalf of the Hakluyt Society, the series of events is coordinated by Professor Daniel Carey (NUI, Galway), Professor Claire Jowitt (UEA) and Anthony Payne, in partnership with Dr Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian), Dr Stephen Johnston (MHS) and Dr Cristina Neagu.
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. Professor Jim Bennett (MHS) and Dr Johnston have accepted our invitation to speak at the symposium, at which our archivist Judith Curthoys will also be speaking on Christ Church in Hakluyt’s time. The exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to showcase the Library’s exceptional materials in this area.
On 28 October, a related exhibition, The World in a Book: Hakluyt and Renaissance Discovery, will open at the Bodleian Library. This exhibition will be launched with a lecture by Dr William Poole (New College).
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 conference, Hakluyt and the Renaissance Discovery of the World, on 24 November at the Bodleian Library, and on 25 November at Christ Church. Twenty renowned experts on Hakluyt and early modern travel and exploration have accepted an invitation to speak at the conference. The keynote speaker on 24 November will be Professor Joyce Chaplin (Harvard University). At the conclusion of the event on 25 November, a free to attend public lecture, "Voyages, Traffiques, Discoveries", will be given by the well-known broadcaster and historian Professor Michael Wood.
Registration for this two-day event costs £100 per person (£60 for members of the Hakluyt Society and for postgraduates). The fee includes coffee/tea, lunches, and a reception at Christ Church on the Thursday evening. Space is limited and early registration is advised.
Delegates should make their own arrangements regarding accommodation in Oxford.
A number of fee-waiver postgraduate bursaries are available, due to an award from the Society for Renaissance Studies. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please contact Professor Claire Jowitt (email@example.com) by 31/08/16.
All postgraduates who register to attend the conference are entitled to a 50% reduction in membership of the Hakluyt Society for one year (to £15.00). To join using this offer, please send confirmation of your registration to attend the conference to firstname.lastname@example.org