Bodleian-TORCH Temporary Displays


The Bodleian Libraries have a strong programme of exhibitions and public engagement activities throughout the year, connecting their collections to wider audiences.

TORCH is collaborating with the Bodleian to create more opportunities for researchers to engage with Bodleian collections and develop ideas for temporary displays in the new Weston Library’s Blackwell Hall and the Proscholium, in the Old Bodleian Library. The cases provide space to display material from the Bodleian collections in short-term, engaging displays which last from 6-8 weeks.

We are currently looking for ideas related to the theme ‘Diversity’, with particular interest in research into race, gender, LGBT – but any research focus under this theme is encouraged. In particular, we are hoping to organise two or three short displays between now and 2018 around the subject of woman’s suffrage.

The projects selected to go forward will contribute to displays in 2017. There is also scope to build further public engagement activity around the display with day workshops at the Centre for the Study of the Book, and also public talks and events.

If your research connects with Bodleian collections, contact us with your idea for a display in no more than 500 words. Please also include a statement of the materials to be displayed and the significance of the display and their potential audiences.  You can find information about the collections here.

Please submit to Victoria McGuinness by Friday 12 February 2016. For details of other opportunities to work with Bodleian Library exhibitions in 2016-2017, click here for a list of forthcoming projects.

Visit the Engaing with Collections opportunity page.


Public Engagement with Research