The Bodleian Libraries - Forthcoming events

Sunday 13, June 2010


The Bodleian Libraries - Forthcoming events


The Bodleian Library is part of the remarkable group of buildings which constitutes the historic heart of the University of Oxford and offers a range of exhibitions and events throughout the year.


Forthcoming Events


Aubrey Day

Saturday 19 June, 2pm - 6pm 

Convocation House, Bodleian Library


Drop in any time, or stay for the whole afternoon. This event is free. To register: e-mail


Five short talks beginning every half-hour will introduce John Aubrey's enthusiasm for Britain's past, his collecting of books and gossip, and his experiments with language and science.


2.00 - 2.20 pm Will Poole (New College) -  John Aubrey and the Advancement of Learning

2.30 - 2.50 pm Kate Bennett (New College) - 'My prettie collections': Brief Lives and the Ashmolean Museum

3.00 - 3.20 pm Kelsey Jackson-Williams (Balliol College)- Monumenta Britannica: John Aubrey's archaeologies of the prehistoric past

3.30 - 3.50 pm Rhodri Lewis (St Hugh's College) - The Aubrey Circle and the Search for the Perfect Language

4.00 - 5.00 pm Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, University of London) - John Aubrey and his Age

5.00 - 6.00 pm Reception and late opening of the Exhibition Room for Aubrey Day visitors only.


Aubrey Lunchtime Talks

Every Friday in July and August, 1-2 pm 

Convocation House, Bodleian Library 

Admission free. No need to register in advance.


'Wit Works' - a series of lunchtime talks given by Jeffrey Miller (Magdalen College) and Thomas Roebuck (Magdalen College). Followed by an escorted visit to the exhibition.


Shakespeare's Globe on Tour Presents

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 

Tuesday 27 July to Sunday 8 August 2010

To book call 01865 305305 or visit


For the third year, we Play Out at the Bodleian. It's a perfect setting for summer Shakespeare and, coupled with the fabulous talents of Shakespeare's Globe, makes for an unmissable Oxford experience.


Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods outside the city, and walk into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. But they are not alone. So, too, does a group of amateur actors rehearsing a play. Between the angry fairies, the bumbling players and the dazed lovers, flies Puck armed with a potion capable of making anyone fall in love with the first person they set eyes upon.


The play will go ahead in all but the most extreme weather conditions. In the event of a performance being cancelled due to the weather tickets will be exchanged for another performance.


Performances: evenings at 7.45pm (no show Monday 2 August), Saturday 31 July and Saturday 7 August matinees at 3.30pm. Sunday 1 and Sunday 8 August matinees at 2.30pm.


Location: Old Schools Quadrangle, Bodleian Library, Oxford OX1 3BG


Ticket prices: £17.50. Enjoy! Membership, groups of 10+ and discount tickets £14.50 (all performances).

To book tickets: 01865 305305 or (Reserved seating. Numbered seating plan available online)


Pre and post-show talks: there will be a series of pre-show talks given by members of the English Faculty (University of Oxford) entitled 'Introducing A Midsummer Night's Dream' before most performances. These will take place in Convocation House, Old Bodleian Library at 6.45pm and will last approximately thirty minutes. £2 per person (see website for more details). There will be a postshow talk on Tuesday 3 August.


Workshops for children: Sunday 1 and 8 August, 1.15 to 2.15pm, Convocation House, Old Bodleian Library. An introduction to story and characters; age 7 to 12 years - Tickets £2 per person.


Signed performance: Saturday 7 August at 3.30pm.

Exhibition: there will be a small display in the Proscholium of Shakespearean material from the Bodleian's collections.



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