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”

Stars & Surgery: History of Science Collections at St John’s College Library

Our Hilary Term 2020 exhibition focuses on astronomical and medical items in the library’s special collection. A mix of manuscripts, letters and early printed books, Stars & Surgery provides a glimpse into the understanding of science in the past. Read about some of the highlights below. This exhibition is an extension of the event ThinkingContinue reading “Stars & Surgery: History of Science Collections at St John’s College Library”

Special Collections Today and Tomorrow

Our Michaelmas term exhibition celebrates some of the key treasures of St. John’s College. Aptly named Special Collections Today and Tomorrow, the exhibition spans the new Library & Study Centre, the 17th century Laudian Library, and the 16th century Old Library, and exhibits a wide range of our Special Collections. Read on to find outContinue reading “Special Collections Today and Tomorrow”

Royal Intrigues

Our Trinity Term exhibition celebrates all things royal, with items from the 15th century to the 18th century. You can explore some of our key themes here. Marriage . . . In laudem matrimonij oratio, Cuthbert Tunstall, 1519 This early printed book contains speeches given at the wedding of Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIIContinue reading “Royal Intrigues”

‘By herself’: rediscovering the history of women at St John’s College, Oxford

This year St John’s College is celebrating the establishment of its new Women’s Network with a Women’s Festival on the 10th March 2018. As part of the festival, the Library has collaborated with Archives and Paintings to create an exhibition on the history of women at St John’s, from its founding in 1555 through to theContinue reading “‘By herself’: rediscovering the history of women at St John’s College, Oxford”

Stories from the Shelves

From the founding of St John’s College in 1555 through to the present day, the life of the Library has been one of bold choices and big changes. Our current exhibition, Stories from the Shelves, explores the Library and its readers throughout the ages using items from our special collections. Here you can see aContinue reading “Stories from the Shelves”

“excuse the scrawl”: literary letters from St. John’s special collections

Alongside collections of manuscripts and early printed books, St. John’s College’s Special Collections include personal papers of a number of well-known literary figures: Robert Graves, A.E. Housman, Jane Austen, Philip Larkin, Spike Milligan and Professor J.B. Leishman. Included in these papers is a great deal of correspondence, occasionally between other literary figures, or concerning literaryContinue reading ““excuse the scrawl”: literary letters from St. John’s special collections”