New Exhibition and Events: A Medieval Archive in a Modern World

26 May 2017

Magdalen College is 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 Mr. Ben Taylor (Archivist’s Assistant at Magdalen), will run throughout the summer months, and is open to both College and University members, and the general public, each Thursday afternoon from 2–4.30pm.

The exhibition is housed in the College’s Old Library, accessible via the 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 2017 – Reading Palms: Personal Identity and Medieval Seals by Prof. Philippa Hoskin (University of Lincoln), 5:30pm, Summer Common Room

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

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

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

Please send RSVPs for any of the above to

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.