All exhibitions will be curated as online exhibitions until further notice. They can be accessed below. It will not be possible to arrange group visits, until further notice. We hope to provide a virtual library tour in due course.

Blog posts from past exhibitions can also be explored below.

Hilary Term 2021 Online Exhibition

Thomas Willis (1621-1675)

Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Founder of Neurology

We are celebrating the 400th anniversary of Dr Thomas Willis, the founder of neurology, who was born on 27 January 1621. Thomas Willis is relatively unknown today but his medical legacy in neurology and other medical areas extends to this day. His impressive accomplishments and central standing in the emergence of modern science at Oxford makes highlighting his life, work and collaborations long overdue.

The library of St John’s College holds first editions and other early editions of all of Thomas Willis’s works except for one posthumous publication. The College also holds a good dozen letters of Willis with a focus on his work as a physician. The online exhibition introduces Thomas Willis’s work and life as illustrated by these holdings, looking not only at the books and letters, but also presenting his collaborations and legacy.

The exhibition is part of wider celebrations of Thomas Willis at Oxford University, initiated by Zoltán Molnár, Professor of Developmental Neurobiology at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford. Throughout Hilary Term 2021 a series of interviews with will discuss various aspects of Thomas Willis’s life, work and times. A list of these with links updated every Monday can be found at the start of the online exhibition.

Access the online exhibition at https://sway.office.com/sDxoxop8O0u4gRD3?ref=Link

Have a look at our trailer for a preview of what’s to come!

We would love to hear your feedback. Please tweet us @StJohnsOxLib or email to library@sjc.ox.ac.uk.

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