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Light of the World - Keble College & Bodleian Library


Light of the World - Keble College & Bodleian Library 

Light of the World* - visit to Oxford - Keble College, the Bodleian Libraries, Pitt Rivers Museum and punting on the River Cherwell. 

*The Light of the World (1851–53) displayed in Keble College chapel is an allegorical painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt.

Keble is known for its neo-Gothic buildings, designed by William ButtCPD 2erfield in a striking pattern of red, blue, and white bricks. The basic colour is provided by red bricks, with white and blue bricks used to create exterior patterns. Butterfield famously claimed that he had 'a mission to give dignity to brick'. His design resulted in residential rooms arranged along corridors rather than around staircases as was traditional in Oxford.

The Bodleian Library – (10 minutes’ walk from the College) is the main research library of the University of Oxford and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library. 

The Pitt Rivers Museum – (5 minutes’ walk from the College) is a museum displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford. The museum is located to the east of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and can only be accessed through that building. The museum was founded in 1884 by Lt-General Augustus Pitt Rivers, who donated his collection to the University of Oxford with the condition that a permanent lecturer in anthropology must be appointed. Museum staff are involved in teaching Archaeology and Anthropology at the University even today. The first Curator of the Museum was Henry Balfour. A second stipulation in the Deed of Gift was that a building should be provided to house the collection and used for no other purpose. The University therefore engaged Thomas Manly Deane, son of Thomas Newenham Deane who, together with Benjamin Woodward, had designed and built the original Oxford University Museum of Natural History building three decades earlier, to create an adjoining building at the rear of the main building to house the collection. Construction started in 1885 and was completed in 1886.

The original donation consisted of approximately 22,000 items; this has now grown to 500,000 items, many of which have been donated by travellers, scholars and missionaries.

It has the largest collection of archaeological and anthropological artifacts in the UK.

Date: Friday 07 September 2018
Venue: Keble College
Fee: Members - £33.33 per person


32 Places left - Booking ends on Wednesday 05 September 2018


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11:00  -  Reception in Keble College - weather permitting in the Quad
11:30  -  Guided tour of the College
12:30  -  Three course Lunch will be served on the Don's top table in the Keble College Dining Hall
14:00  -  Bodleian Libraries
15:30  -  Pitt Rivers Museum
17:00  -  Punting @ Cherwell Boat House (optional & weather dependant) 10 minutes’ drive from the College. Punts cost £17 per hour plus £85 refundable deposit.


The cost to attend this event is £40.00 per person inclusive of vat (£33.33 ex vat).


Keble College

Keble Road



Parking is available in the roads around College - £5 for 3 hours – then buy another ticket as required, or train to Oxford and taxi to College, or Park and Ride.

Punting on the River Cherwell from Cherwell Boat House, 10 minutes’ drive from the College, is optional and may depend on the weather! For those wishing to take out a punt the cost is £17 per hour plus £85 refundable deposit. Small car park but free parking is available on the surrounding roads.

Rooms in College are available to book B&B from £64 should you wish to stay overnight. Some twins and en-suite rooms are available. Please book at http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/bed-breakfast

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