Trinity Term 2022 Online Exhibition

Reading, Writing, and Research A Decade in the Life of a President, 2012-2022 by Professor Maggie Snowling When I was elected President in 2012, the Governing Body agreed that I might take some time to pursue my research agenda. While finding that time was not always easy, a long vacation with a trip to AustraliaContinue reading “Trinity Term 2022 Online Exhibition”

The Princess and the Poisoner: early modern wives, capital crime, and autobiography

Georgie Moore, our Graduate Trainee, considers how the voices of two early modern criminalized women, the princess and the poisoner, are collected in the St John’s College Library. Restoration London, 1663 When a German princess checked into an inn, the innkeeper did what any astute uncle would do: he summoned his nephew to marry her.Continue reading “The Princess and the Poisoner: early modern wives, capital crime, and autobiography”

St John’s College and the Colonial Past

Michaelmas Term 2021 Online Exhibition The Library & Study Centre is delighted to host an exhibition curated by Dr Mishka Sinha to showcase her research on St John’s College and the Colonial Past. Dr Sinha is a Research Associate at St John’s College and co-directing the project on St John’s and the Colonial Past with ProfessorContinue reading “St John’s College and the Colonial Past”

Private Press Books at St John’s College

an unexpected treasure box by Petra Hofmann (College Librarian) This blog is based on a talk I gave alongside the Librarians of Merton College and Worchester College at the online event “Printing for Pleasure: Private Press Collections at Three Oxford Collages” on 9 December 2021 organised by the Oxford Bibliographical Society. Next to our designatedContinue reading “Private Press Books at St John’s College”

Working with the Special Collections: a Trainee’s experience

By Georgie Moore, Library Graduate Trainee As the Library Graduate Trainee for 2021-22, I have one year to gain experience and develop my skills across a range of library activities. As well as the busy side of Reader Services, I am fortunate enough to be involved in the College’s Special Collections. Here are four ofContinue reading “Working with the Special Collections: a Trainee’s experience”

There’s the Rub: Thomas Becket in Medieval Manuscripts

There’s the Rub: Thomas Becket in Medieval Manuscripts By Sian Witherden, Resource Description Librarian Gold leaf, intricate borders, elaborate illuminations—St John’s College MS 82 has it all. This devotional book, produced c.1475, is one of the most visually impressive medieval manuscripts in the library’s collection. Even after five centuries, many of the pages look asContinue reading “There’s the Rub: Thomas Becket in Medieval Manuscripts”

Collaborative Blog #1

Decorative Features in Medieval Manuscripts By Sian Witherden, Resources Description Librarian This blog post has been published in collaboration with Teaching the Codex at https://teachingthecodex.com/2021/05/19/decorative-features/. Teaching the Codex is an interdisciplinary project on the teaching of palaeography and codicology. It was launched with a colloquium at Merton College Oxford on 6th February 2016 as a specialContinue reading “Collaborative Blog #1”

Winners & Finalists of St John’s College’s Digital Inspire Competition – Carolingian Minuscule

Introduction by Petra Hofmann, College Librarian I have been delighted to contribute a short piece entitled The Evolution of the Book: A Brief History to “Class 2: Evolution as Metaphor” of St John’s College’s 2020/21 Inspire Programme for Year 10 & 11: See here for the entire Class 2 material. The contribution included a competitionContinue reading “Winners & Finalists of St John’s College’s Digital Inspire Competition – Carolingian Minuscule”