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We are extending Bodleian Libraries items on loan until week commencing 12 October 2020. (Fines continue to be waived for all items.)

Need to return items before then? We'll be in touch as and when we can provide more information. Thank you.

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Replying to @BodCons: S is for Stars: Clear night skies remind us of this treasure, conserved some years ago. A rare 12th-c treasury copy of al-Sufi…

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S is for Stars: Clear night skies remind us of this treasure, conserved some years ago. A rare 12th-c treasury copy of al-Sufi’s 10th-c Book of the Constellations of the Fixed Stars (Bodleian Libraries, MS. Huntington 212), with Classical & Bedouin constellations. #ABCbodcons

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Rabbit rabbit rabbit

#pinchpunch

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Readers: Before we head into the weekend, just another quick reminder of journal access on JSTOR.

We are working to ensure more and more journals are opened up to you. Please visit

#KeepOxfordReading

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Our free, online #ArtOfAdvertising exhibition now has an accompanying quiz!

Test yourself on the brilliant and bizarre advertising methods used across the 19th & early 20th centuries.

(The quiz doubles up as a quick feedback form too.)

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Replying to @bodleianlibs: A glimpse of the new #educational activity trail for our online #ArtOfAdvertising exhibition!

Families with older childr…

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Quoted @richove

We are living in an age where knowledge is under attack every day. My anger at the destruction of the Windrush landing records inspired me to write this book.

I'm delighted to officially announce and share the cover of Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack.

Do you think knowledge should be:
a) preserved?
b) burned?

a: You'll be as excited as we are about Bodley's Librarian Richard Ovenden's upcoming book! Incredibly relevant in an age of censorship and fake news.

b: Enjoy the part about the Library of Alexandria, we guess?

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Readers: A brief reminder of journal access on JSTOR.

We are working to ensure more and more journals are opened up to you. Please head to

#KeepOxfordReading

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A glimpse of the new #educational activity trail for our online #ArtOfAdvertising exhibition!

Families with older children can use the trail to explore how adverts reflect changing social attitudes over time.

Learn more at:

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Replying to @Seb_Falk: This tiny monk's notebook comes from 11th-century France. It contains instructions for spotting different stars each day, to…

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This tiny monk's notebook comes from 11th-century France. It contains instructions for spotting different stars each day, to know when to wake the brothers for prayer.

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Quoted @kathleenkeown

@bodleianlibs We didn't even get to utilise the rule whereby if two players land on the same square you have to automatically go to the King's Arms... 🍻

Just wait til you get the Weston Library expansion pack!

(For extra jeopardy, play without the Lamson tube rule... )🎲

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Quoted @kathleenkeown

Desperate times call for desperate measures: after yet another week without library access, we have resorted to breaking out "The Bodleian Game" (originally issued by @bodleianlibs in 1988).

High-stakes adventure! Wondrous escapism! Misfiled books!

Who's up for a game over Zoom sometime?

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Incidentally - for another fresh take on period drama: actor Cat White (who played Miss Osborne in the production) is fundraising for a film about Dido Elizabeth Belle, an 18th century mixed race heiress who grew up at Kenwood House, London:

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To find out more about ‘The Watsons’, by one of England’s greatest writers, watch this video with Prof Kathryn Sutherland.


Read Austen’s early short works:

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In 2018 the unfinished book was adapted into a critically-acclaimed play by Laura Wade. It became a philosophical comedy in which the characters become mutinous and question their destinies.

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The Bodleian secured the original manuscript in 2011, with help from many generous funders, including @HeritageFundUK, the Friends of the National Libraries, the Friends of the Bodleian, and @JaneAustenHouse

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One theory is that real life began to imitate art all too closely. In 1805 Austen’s own father died, plunging the small female family into greater poverty.

It wasn’t until 1871 that Jane’s nephew titled the work, and published it.

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Austen probably composed ‘The Watsons’ in Bath in 1804-5, when she was in her late twenties. The manuscript contains 68 pages of closely written and revised text. In it, we see her neat hand; her character development; her finely crafted plotting.

So why didn’t she complete it?

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Following government advice, the Bodleian Libraries are closed until further notice. Readers can still access a wide range of online resources for remote working – at

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