– 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.

Unlocking Archives talks, Hilary Term 2015

Two Unlocking Archives coming up in Hilary Term 2015:

1) Professor Stephen F. Brown, Boston College: Lessons Learned from Balliol Commentaries on Peter Lombard’s Sentences. Monday 23 February 2015 (HT week 6), 1-2 pm

Stephen Brown is Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology at Boston College (Massachusetts, USA), and is an Oliver Smithies Lecturer at Balliol for Hilary Term 2015. Stephen has published monographs on William of Ockham, St. Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas, and many of his scholarly articles include Latin text editions based on Balliol College manuscripts.

Prof. Brown’s talk will examine academic discussion of Peter Lombard’s Sentences in the theological community of fourteenth-century Oxford, with reference to and illustrations from Balliol manuscripts.

2) Emily Freeman, Ruskin College of Fine Art: John Evelyn’s Trees: the art of Sylva. Friday 6 March (HT week 7), 1-2 pm

Emily is a second year undergraduate at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and lover of foliage and shrubbery. Her talk will examine the different illustration schemes that have accompanied Evelyn’s Sylva, and discuss the influence of historic illustration and special collections on her own artistic practice.

All welcome! All talks are held at Balliol Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road. Feel free to bring your lunch. The talks will last about half an hour, to allow time for questions and discussion afterwards, and a closer look at some of the Balliol special collections material discussed.

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