Behind the Scenes of Digitisation

By Sophie Bacchus-Waterman, Special Collections Photographer As the imaging phase of St John’s digitisation project gets underway, I thought it was a good time to introduce my role in the project, and give a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to digitise books from the imaging side of the project (for information on the metadata,Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of Digitisation”

Medieval Manuscript Fragments

Sian Witherden, Resource Description Librarian ‘Poirot!’ I cried. ‘This is a fragment of a will!’ […] My brain was in a whirl. What was this complication of a will? Who had destroyed it? The person who had left the candle grease on the floor? Obviously. But how had anyone gained admission? All the doors hadContinue reading Medieval Manuscript Fragments

Life Stories from St John’s: the famous & the forgotten

Library exhibition 9 September – 9 December 2022 Introduction For over 450 years the lifeblood of St John’s College has been the people who live and work inside its walls. Some have dedicated a good part of their lives to this College, while others have just passed through. Many have become famous and even moreContinue reading “Life Stories from St John’s: the famous & the forgotten”

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”