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Sunday 17 March 2019 – The Bodleian Library, Oxford – Upstairs and Downstairs

Booking Months: January 2019 and February 2019 
                     Cost: to be advised

This guided tour offers an opportunity to visit the 15th century Divinity School, Convocation House, the Chancellor’s Court, Duke Humphrey’s Medieval Library, the Radcliffe Camera and the Gladstone Link.
The Divinity School was designed specifically for lectures, oral examinations and discussions in Theology. It is built in the Perpendicular style with a very beautiful vaulted fan ceiling. The Convocation House and the Chancellor’s Court adjoins the Divinity School which pre-dates it by 200 years. It was built as a meeting place for the University’s supreme legislative body and Parliament was held there during the Civil War
Duke Humphrey was the youngest son of King Henry IV. He collected many books (a relative term as the printing press had not been invented). He bequeathed his collection to the University which built a new library to house it. Today it is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian.
There are 5 reading rooms in the old Bodleian and the Radcliffe Camera and the two buildings are connected by the underground Gladstone Link.
There will be availability for 2 groups of 13 on different Sunday afternoons in March 2019 – either the 3rd or 17th. Both visits start at 13.15pm. The guided tour is 90 minutes long and will finish with a cream tea at the Bodleian cafe. There are a number of stairs.