– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

Lunchtime talk: Unlocking the Archives

Balliol’s new Historic Collections Centre at St Cross Church opened in October 2011; since then, more than 150 academic researchers and more than 2000 visitors have toured the building and consulted the collections. But what’s in there? How can you get a look at it? How did these archives end up at Balliol? and what value do they have for researchers?

A new series of talks by scholars from Oxford and around the world, about their work on material from Balliol’s special collections, is opening up the college’s archives and manuscripts to a wider audience. For this first presentation in the series, the college archivist and curator of manuscripts, Anna Sander, will be introducing three of Balliol’s large 18th and 19th century diplomatic and political collections, the Urquhart, Mallet and Morier Papers, with illustrations and original documents.

Feel free to bring your lunch. The talk will last no more than half an hour, to allow time for questions and discussion afterwards, and a closer look at some items from the collections.

When: this Friday 22 February, 1-2 pm
Where: Balliol Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road (next to Holywell Manor).
Who: all welcome

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