New Library Exhibition: A Medieval Archive in a Modern World

30th May 2017

We are pleased to announce that the next Library & Archives exhibition will open on Thursday June 1st, 2017.

A Medieval Archive in a Modern World explores the College’s rich documentary heritage, and the historic spaces in which these archives are kept. The exhibition, co-curated by Dr. Jessica Berenbeim (currently of the Warburg Institute, and a former Magdalen Prize Fellow) and our Archivist’s Assistant Ben Taylor, will run throughout the summer months. It is open to both College and University members, and the general public, each Thursday afternoon from 2 – 4.30 pm.

The exhibition is housed in the College’s Old Library, accessible via Cloisters. Members of the public will need to pay the standard entrance fee in order to view the exhibition; members of the University can gain entrance by showing their Bodleian card at the Lodge.

We’re also pleased to announce three accompanying talks:

5 June 2017Reading Palms: Personal Identity and Medieval Seals by Prof. Philippa Hoskin (University of Lincoln), 5:30 pm, Summer Common Room

12 July 2017The Russian Doll Effect: Archives within Archives by Dr. Jessica Berenbeim (Warburg Institute), 2:00 pm, Old Library

19 October 2017Magdalen’s Medieval Archive by our Archivist Dr. Charlotte Berry, 5:30 pm, Summer Common Room

All talks are open to the public, but advance booking is essential.

If you would like to attend one of these talks, please RSVP by email:

There will be a parallel exhibition in the Longwall Library foyer, open to College members only. These exhibits will focus on examples of medieval seals found in the College’s muniment and title deed collections.