– 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.

HT7 2016

7th week of Hilary Term! Lots of researchers in this week, looking at medieval manuscript codices and several C19-20 personal and family archives.

I’m looking forward to talking with undergraduate history students about planning archival research for their dissertations at the University thesis fair later in the week. It’s a rare chance for several college archivists to workshop queries together, and we always learn from each other as well as helping the students.
There’s a new mini-display in the antechapel on the Broad Street site if you’re passing by Balliol: ‘Leaves from a College Album – Francis Fortescue Urquhart’s photos, Winter 1915-1916.’ A rare personal glimpse into college life, and the surrounding town and countryside, of a century ago. Don’t miss the 1916 version of the Bablock Hythe Ferry, mentioned 60 years earlier in Matthew Arnold’s poem ‘The Scholar Gypsy’.
And a week today, the second Unlocking Archives talk of Hilary Term: Eleanor Greer talking about her work with Balliol’s medieval manuscripts last year, and her current post as graduate trainee in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge. Lots of good images! Monday 7 March, 1pm at St Cross. There will be manuscripts on display…

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