On Friday October 19th Lincoln welcomed over 100 visitors to an afternoon of incunabula (the earliest printed books) in Oxford college libraries. Read more
Lincoln Unlocked is pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Foster will be a Visiting Researcher with the study centre for the next three years.
Andrew Foster, BA, DPhil, FRHistS, FSA, FHA is an ecclesiastical historian who has published widely on bishops, cathedrals, parishes, clergy and churchwardens of the early modern period. Andrew is active in both the Royal Historical Society (having served as a Vice-President) and also the Historical Association (for which he chaired the Public History Committee). He is currently working on two major projects: (1) a collection of the correspondence and papers of Archbishop Richard Neile for publication by the Church of England Record Society, and (2) a two volume history of the dioceses of England and Wales, c.1540-1700. Read more
The image of John Wesley has been iconic beyond Methodism during and after his lifetime. On 22 May 2018, Lincoln hosted the annual Wesley Lecture, organised by the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. Dr Peter Forsaith (Oxford Brookes University) delivered his lecture to a capacity audience in the Oakeshott Room. Read more
This term’s Unlocking event looked at the first major donation to the College library in the 16th century: a collection of manuscripts and incunabula (books printed before 1501) given by Edmund Audley, Bishop of Salisbury (c.1439-1524). Read more
On 3 May 2018, Lincoln College welcomed Professor Robert Swanson (Emeritus Professor of Medieval Ecclesiastical History, University of Birmingham) and over forty guests to the Lincoln Unlocked Lecture. Entitled ‘Accounting for Souls in Pre-Reformation Oxford: Lincoln College, All Saints and St Michael’s at the Northgate’, Professor Swanson enlightened the group on the relationship between the two collegiate churches and Lincoln College as their corporate Rector. He also described the complexities of navigating this relationship by drawing on examples for his research in the College Archive and beyond. Read more
On Wednesday 7th February, we welcomed our Hilary Term Lincoln Unlocked lecturer, Dr David Rundle. He addressed Vivian Green’s statement, in The Commonwealth of Lincoln College, 1427-1977 that
The greatest donor [of manuscripts] was the founder’s nephew, Robert Fleming, Dean of Lincoln, a man of conspicuous taste and culture… His princely gift, including many classical and humanistic works, made Lincoln’s holding momentarily the finest in Oxford, second only to that of the University Library itself. (pp.173-4) Read more
Last term’s Unlocking event looked at the first 300 years of the Senior Library, from the heady days of the 15th century, when Lincoln’s library must have been one of the finest in Oxford, to the major bequests of the 18th century. It was particularly exciting to be able to show some of the College’s manuscripts, normally kept in the Bodleian.
Lincoln’s collections of books and archival materials along with its spaces and places tell a wonderful story of its distinctive heritage. The ‘Discover Lincoln’ series will look at the unique objects and historic places of Lincoln told through Lincoln’s best asset – its people. We hope that you will enjoy discovering or rediscovering part of what makes Lincoln so special. This week’s entry comes from Dr Cristina Dondi (Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow) and focuses on the Nuremberg Chronicle. Read more
This Term we were very excited to have the termly Unlocking the Senior Library session curated by one of our students for the first time. Alice Fraser, who is reading for a Masters in Archaeology, has been working in the Senior Library once a week, investigating the Archaeology section in order to produce a collection-level description and she shared with us some interesting items she has discovered as she has worked through the collection. Read more
On Tuesday 16th May, we contributed an exhibition to Oxford Jewish Cultural Week. Showcasing some of the treasures of our Hebrew Book collection, including works owned and used by Rectors Richard Kilbye and Thomas Marshall and our oldest work containing Hebrew type, the exhibition also featured Library and Archive material relating to Samuel Alexander, the first professing Jew to be elected Fellow of any College in either Oxford or Cambridge. Read more