‘Obscene’ Books from the Bodleian’s Restricted Collection Now On Display for the First Time

Credit: Still Life with Books in Niche , Barthélemy d’Eyck The Bodleian Libraries is lifting the lid on its collection of ‘obscene’ and ‘improper’ books for the first time ever in a display of items from the Libraries’ restricted ‘Phi’ category. The exhibition, Story of Phi: Restricted Books, explores changing ideas about sexuality and censorship and […]

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Garstang Museum closes public opening hours: how are museums moving towards the future of History?

Image Credit: Dezalb. Description: a tablet engraved with Egyptian hieroglyphs. Museums are a fantastic resource for many subjects. In Oxford, for instance, there is the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH), and the Museum of the History of Science, to name but a few. These places house […]

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Don’t Look Back?

Artist: Edward Poynter Why is a simple instruction often a matter of life or death? Keep walking away, don’t look back. If you look back, your lover’s lost in hell for all eternity, or you’ll dissolve into a pillar of salt. The principle is easy, but as both Orpheus (taking quotes from Book IV of […]

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Five underrated classics

1.Cane, Jean Toomer (1923) – Harlem Renaissance author Toomer beautifully interweaves lyric, prose and drama in this series of vignettes written about the cultural history and experiences of African Americans in the United States. These stories are often pervaded by nauseating violence, such as cruel ostracisation in “Becky” or sexual violence in the “Box Seat”, […]

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