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2010 bodley and blackwells 2010 bodley and blackwells Presentation Transcript

  • Bigger plan needed THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY AND BLACKWELLS: AN EDURING PARTNERSHIP Julian Blackwell & Richard Ovenden
  • Bodleian Library
    • Founded 1602 by Sir Thomas Bodley
    • Main Library of the University
    • 11m volumes, major international research collections
    • 520 staff
    • 31 libraries in the Bodleian system
    • Over 250k new books added per annum
    • Budget c. £32m
  • ‘ And where before … because it never had any lasting allowance, for augmentation of the number, or supply of books decayed: whereby it came to pass, that when those that were in being, were either wasted or embezzled, the whole foundation came to ruin: To meet with that inconvenience, I will so provide hereafter … as you shall be still assured of a standing annual rent, to be disbursed every year in buying booke, in officers stipends, and other pertinent occasions … Sir Thomas Bodley, 1598
  • Blackwells
    • Bookselling business founded 1846
    • Flagship shop on Broad Street opened in 1879
    • Publishing business under imprint B.H. Blackwell founded 1880.
    • Became University bookseller under Benjamin Henry (1849-1924), merchant scholar
    • Established Library business internationally during second half of 20 th century
    • Publishing business sold to Wiley and Sons in 2005.
  • Connections between Blackwell family and the University
    • University bookseller for 130 years
    • Generations educated at Oxford (Magdalen College School, Merton and Trinity Colleges).
    • Sir Basil gifted rare books to the Library of Merton College in the 1970s and 1980s.
    • Gift of Blackwell Archive to Merton College in 2004
    • William Beckford Archive gifted to Bodleian in 1984 in memory of Sir Basil Blackwell.
    • Julian Blackwell: ‘The Bodleian Library especially was an institution with which my father and his fellow Blackwellians maintained a symbiotic relationship’ (2004).
    • Gift of the Library of B H Blackwell announced in 2005
  • Blackwells – ‘The Gaffer’s Room’
  • Broad Street – as existing
  • Approaches to the building – Broad Street (existing)
  • Existing View from Sheldonian
  • New Bodleian – Concept
  • Forming the entrance – Proposed Perspective View from Broad Street - West
  • Forming the entrance – Proposed Steps and South Colonnade
  • Ground Floor Public Areas – Perspective View of Proposed Entrance Hall
  • Ground Floor Public Areas – Perspective View of Proposed Exhibition Gallery
  • Richard Ovenden Keeper of Special Collections & Associate Director, Bodleian Library Fellow, St Hugh’s College [email_address] 44 1865 2877158