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The ‘Slave Bible’ of 1807

6 December 2018

from Charlotte McKillop-Mash, Bodleian Special Collections The Museum of the Bible  in Washington DC is currently exhibiting the ‘Slave Bible’, a shockingly bowdlerised...

Portraying a Black African scholar at Oxford in the 1870s — and reimagining those portrayals today

2 October 2018

from Pamela Roberts Images from the Bodleian Library collections: left, John Johnson Collection Minstrels 3 (18d); right, John Johnson Collection Minstrels 3 (2); with a caricature...

How the Bodleian Library collected playbooks: evidence from Library Records

24 July 2018

Tara Lyons (Illinois State University) Sassoon Visiting Fellowship, Bodleian Libraries Through an examination of the Bodleian’s archive of its own history, the Library Records...

Christian Frederick Cole, the first Black African scholar at Oxford, depicted in a set of 19th-century cartoons

27 June 2018

Christian Frederick Cole (1852-1885) depicted in one of the Oxford cartoons from 1879.What images do we have of Black students at Oxford? The picture above is one of the images made...