Gold Rush Exhibition in the Vere Harmsworth Library, 16-17 April

[re-blogged from the VHL blog.]

On 16th-17th April, the Rothermere American Institute will host a conference on Gold Rush Imperialism: Gold Mining and Global History in the Age of Imperialism, c.1848-1914. To accompany the conference, the Vere Harmsworth Library is putting on an exhibition of items from the collections of the Bodleian Libraries relating to gold rushes throughout the world.

By Photo: L. C. McClure [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The exhibition includes books from the Vere Harmsworth Library, Rhodes House Library, Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Science Library, covering gold rushes and gold mining in California, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Alaska and Canada from the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century. The items have been chosen to illustrate the effect of the discovery of gold in terms of migration, labour, economic and technological development.

The exhibition will be available to view on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th April, just inside the library entrance.

An online version of the exhibition will be made available on our website soon afterwards.

Oxford World War I Centenary Programme

[Re-blogged from Oxford World War I Centenary Programme.]

As part of the commemoration of World War I, a number of events in Oxford are scheduled for Hilary Term 2014:

The Great War and Global History conference, Oxford 9-10 January 2014

A conference in collaboration with the Centre for Global History and the Maison Française.

Plenary speakers include: Patrick O’Brien, Georges-Henri Soutou, Hans van de Ven, Hervé Drévillon, Tamara Scheer, Jos Gommans, Douglas Porch, Margaret MacMillan, Tonio Andrade, Martin Ceadel, Karen Hagemann, Sudhir Hazareesingh, Naoko Shimazu, Dominic Lieven, Hew Strachan, James Belich.

First World War Anniversary Lectures at Christ Church

With a view to encouraging and informing reflection, the McDonald Centre in association with Christ Church Cathedral will stage the following series of public lectures during Hilary Term.

The Great War: Personal stories from Downing Street to the Trenches, 1914-1916
A Bodleian Exhibition 12 June to 2 November 2014

Vacation time at the Bodleian History Faculty Library

Vacation opening hours
Now that Oxford’s full term has finished, the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera (including the Bodleian History Faculty Library) will be open during it’s vacation opening hours:

  • Monday – Friday 9.00-19.00
  • Saturday 10.00-16.00
  • Sunday closed

Remember the Gladstone Link closes 45 minutes before the Radcliffe Camera (ie. 18.15 on weekdays and 15.15 on Saturdays).

Christmas and New Year closure
The Library will be closed at 5pm on Friday 22 December 2012 and reopen on Wednesday 2 January 2013 at 9am.

Vacation loans
Books borrowed as vacation loans, including short loan books, are due back on Monday 14 January (Hilary Term week 1).

love and devotionBodleian Exhibitions and Displays
There are two exhibitions currently showing in the Bodleian – Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond in the Exhibition Room in the Old Bodleian Quad and Illustrations of Early Printed Ballads in the Old Bodleian Proscholium entrance

Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond runs until 28 April 2013 and features  over 60 Persian, Mughal Indian and Ottoman Turkish manuscripts.  The exhibition demonstrates the both the history of the books themselves and the Persian culture of literature and art.  There will be a series of lunchtime lectures to accompany the exhibition.  The exhibition is also available online in a series of image galleries.

Illustrations of Early Printed Ballads runs until 21 December 2012 and is a display of illustrated ballads from the 17th and 18th centuries, featuring heroic and notorious characters, lovers and fighters, divine justice and a valiant apprentice.  There will be a lunchtime lecture accompanying this display on 4 December.

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For C16 historians: Thomas Harriot lecture at Oriel College, 5pm, 31 May

‘The whole earth, a present for a Prince’: Molyneux’s English globes and the creation of a global vision in Harriot’s time

Thursday 31 May 2012 at 5pm in The Champneys Room, Oriel College

by Dr Lesley B Cormack, Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta

After the lecture, it will also be possible to visit an exhibition of books related to 16th-century navigation and map-making in the college’s Senior Library.

See also the accompanying online exhibition with maps and other illustrations


Portrait believed to be of Thomas Harriot from Trinity College, Oxford. A copy hangs in Oriel College Hall.

Who was Thomas Harriot?

(taken from the Oriel College, Oxford website)

“Thomas Harriot, mathematician and natural philosopher, was born in Oxfordshire; matriculated at Oxford in 1577 as a member of St Mary Hall (which united with Oriel College in 1902), and was awarded a BA degree at Easter 1580.

Harriot developed the skills of astronomical navigation, and was employed by Sir Walter Ralegh (another member of Oriel) to teach Ralegh and his sea captains about navigation and prepare him for his journey to establish a settlement in America, although in the end, Ralegh himself was not part of that expedition.” more

Related exhibitions

The Renaissance in Astronomy: books, globes and instruments of the 16th century, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford