– 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.

monthly report November 2015

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during November:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 109 (broke record, from 2014, of 948 in late October and passed #1000 for 2015 on the 14th)
  • Number of researchers in person: 10
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 12
  • Collections consulted: Clough, Browning, AL Smith, College records (7)
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 90 (10 MCR viewing, 12 NaNo, 50 Into University pupils, 12 ABTAPL, 7 individuals)
  • Blog posts: 8
  • Flickr uploads:  800 images from MS 32
  • interesting events: staffing stalls re archives at OU graduate history thesis fair and Careers fair (Arts & Heritage); Balliol MCR ‘private view’ evening; 3rd year of weekly NaNoWriMo Come Write In sessions; Balliol undergraduate class using Clough and Browning MS material; visit to Blenheim Palace to advise new archivist and Palace historian; OAC visit to new archive at St Anthony’s/Middle East Studies Centre; librarians deliver ‘Maps and Monsters’ session to Into University groups; with Anna James (Pusey House Library), ‘Preservation on a shoestring’ study day for ABTAPL members; conservators measuring manuscripts for boxing.

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