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MCR viewing

Yesterday  we put on a special viewing for members of Balliol’s MCR (grad students). In addition to a final opportunity to look round the Swinburne exhibition, on display were:

  • Dervorguilla’s Statutes of 1282
  • the oldest document in the college archive
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins’ notebook of undergraduate essays, and a number of facsimiles from Balliol’s small Hopkins collection – requested by a student
  • a letter of condolence from Robert Browning to the novelist George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) on the death of GH Lewes – requested by a student
  • illuminated medieval manuscripts 1 and 232B – requested by a student
  • a letter from the novelist Graham Greene to Josephine Reid
  • the Charter of Incorporation of 1588, with the great Seal of Elizabeth I
  • facsimile images of items from the college, personal and family archives and the medieval manuscript books
  • reference works and the Balliol Biographies section
  • a display about the history and conversion of the building
  • illustrated early printed books (C17) on Japanese and British geography

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