New Exhibition! Marginalised histories: experiences of people of colour within Magdalen’s past

04 July 2022

Marginalised histories: experiences of people of colour within Magdalen’s past

Curated by Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard, Leanne Grainger, Lucy Gwynn, and Siân Pooley, with Heidi Cooke, George Goodhart, Sarah Large, Paul Majek, and Ananya Malhotra

People of colour have been part of the Magdalen community for at least 175 years. Their experiences have, however, often been marginalised in accounts of the College’s past. This exhibition begins to explore what fragmentary sources from the Magdalen archives can tell us about the lives and identities of some of College’s students and staff since the nineteenth century. This exhibition emerges from the work of five student interns whose diverse skills and perspectives shape the stories we tell.

The exhibition is part of College’s long-term commitment to bring to light overlooked aspects of Magdalen’s heritage. The objects shared help us to reflect on our complex, diverse, and sometimes uncomfortable past. By uncovering these histories, we seek to contribute to on-going conversations about the actions we can all take to make a welcoming and inclusive community at Magdalen, in Oxford, and beyond.



Location: Old Library, Magdalen College, Oxford

Times: Wednesday afternoons, 2-4:30pm

Dates: 4th May – 26th October 2022

Please note that the exhibition is free, but that Magdalen College charges an entrance fee to some visitors. The fee is as follows:

Adults £8; Over 65s, children, students £7; Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 7 or over) £25.

The following are admitted free of charge:

Payment will be by card only, no cash. More information on visiting the college, including travel information and accessibility, can be found here.

Access: The Old Library is accessed via a steep flight of stairs. There is disabled access via a lift, but please contact us in advance so that we can arrange this for you. Many thanks.