John Aubrey: Exhibition and Events

June 3, 2010

“‘My wit was always working’: John Aubrey and the Development of Experimental Science” takes place in the Exhibition Room at the Bodleian Library between 28 May and 31 Oct, 2010.

See a slideshow of the exhibition here.

Aubrey Day

Saturday 19 June, 2pm – 6pm
Convocation House, Bodleian Library

Five short talks beginning every half-hour will introduce John Aubrey’s enthusiasm for Britain’s past, his collecting of books and gossip, and his experiments with language and science.

  • 2.00 – 2.20 pm Will Poole (New College) – John Aubrey and the Advancement of Learning
  • 2.30 – 2.50 pm Kate Bennett (New College) – ‘My prettie collections’: Brief Lives and the Ashmolean Museum
  • 3.00 – 3.20 pm Kelsey Jackson-Williams (Balliol College)- Monumenta Britannica: John Aubrey’s archaeologies of the prehistoric past
  • 3.30 – 3.50 pm Rhodri Lewis (St Hugh’s College) – The Aubrey Circle and the Search for the Perfect Language
  • 4.00 – 5.00 pm Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, University of London) – John Aubrey and his Age
  • 5.00 – 6.00 pm Reception and late opening of the Exhibition Room for Aubrey Day visitors only.

Drop in any time, or stay for the whole afternoon. This event is free. To register: e-mail For further details of this event, visit the exhibition website.

Aubrey Lunchtime Talks

Every Friday in July and August, 1-2 pm
Convocation House, Bodleian Library

‘Wit Works’ – a series of lunchtime talks given by Jeffrey Miller (Magdalen College) and Thomas Roebuck (Magdalen College). Followed by an escorted visit to the exhibition.

Admission free. No need to register in advance.


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