– 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.

a new perspective

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Last week a good number of college archivists went to the new Weston Library (formerly the New Bod) in Broad Street, for a behind-the-scenes tour. I didn’t take photos inside, as there were, unsurprisingly, people everywhere, so these are all taken from the rather fabulous new roof terrace. Above, looking eastward down Holywell Street, with the King’s Arms in the foreground.

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Details on the former Indian Institute building (now houses the Oxford Martin School)

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The Clarendon Building directly across Broad Street, first home of Oxford University Press. Behind it, the twin spires of All Souls, the Old Bodleian’s Tower of the Five Orders, and the dome of the Radcliffe Camera.

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On the right, the Sheldonian Theatre

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The distinctive spire of Exeter College Chapel rises above its Broad Street neighbours

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Looking at hertford College in Catte Street, and one of the statues on top of the Clarendon Building

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a close-up of three fabulous features of the ‘dreaming spires’

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Aside from the rooftop views… we visited the great new conservation studio, the archives processing room, a number of open stacks and reading rooms, and several of the new spaces the Weston’s design has made available, such as a base for visiting scholars and a forthcoming digital archives centre.

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Many thanks to our tour guides, and their many colleagues in the different departments who took time out to tell us about their work!


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