Exhibitions

Michaelmas Term 2022 Online Exhibition

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

Exhibition at the Library & Study Centre from 9 September to 9 December 2022


Members of St John’s College may visit the exhibition in the Library & Study Centre during opening hours (daily 9am – midnight) at their convenience.

Visitors who would like to view St John’s Colleges current exhibition are asked to email library@sjc.ox.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.


Blog Posts about Past Exhibitions:

Elizabeth I's signature on the letter

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 MaryContinue reading “Royal Intrigues”

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

Not An Illustration: Livres d’artiste in the Special Collections of St. John’s College, Oxford

“Experience of our age in terms of painting—not an illustration of—(but the equivalent.)” – Jackson Pollock   This is an exhibition of a selection of the college’s livres d’artiste and some other rare books which were produced in the early 1930s, in collaboration with Leonard Lye, a modernist film-maker andContinue reading “Not An Illustration: Livres d’artiste in the Special Collections of St. John’s College, Oxford”

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