News & Publications
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth, an exhibition of the poet Robert Browning's correspondence, poetry manuscripts, photographs and personal items held in Balliol College's modern manuscripts collection will be open to the public Monday-Friday 1-5 October, 2-4pm at Balliol's Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Holywell, Oxford. All welcome. The door will be open; no need to book. There is no entrance fee.
Balliol's Historic Collections Centre at St Cross Church will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors Days, Saturday and Sunday 8-9 September 2012, 12-4pm both days. For a map of the area, please see our Visit page.
Balliol Archives & Manuscripts will be celebrating International Archives Day (9 June) by participating in #archday12 on Twitter, organised by @AskArchivists . The day itself is a Saturday, so like many archivists around the world Anna Sander will be taking questions and posting content (links on twitter to content here on the blog) on Friday 8 and Monday 11 June.
Of course, you don't have to wait for an occasion like this to make an enquiry to Balliol's archivist, but the event is an opportunity to ask lots of archivists questions about their work, their collections and research using all kinds of original source material, from medieval manuscripts to early modern maps to photographs and film. Come and join in!
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March 2012 Dr John Jones' St Cross Church, Holywell: its history, architecture, people, and conversion into an Historic Collections Centre is out of print, and is now available in print-ready PDF format here.
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More ways to stay in touch with Balliol Archives and Manuscripts:
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01 October 2011 The college archives and all manuscript collections are now open to researchers by prior appointment in the new facilities at St Cross Church, Holywell. They are no longer stored or available for consultation in the main College Library in Broad Street. Contact Anna Sander, Lonsdale Curator of Archives & Manuscripts, for more information or to request an appointment to consult the collections.
For more information about the St Cross Church project 2008-2011, please see http://archives.balliol.ox.ac.uk/Archives/stcross01.asp
June 2010 - now available online:
Several key publications about the history of Balliol College are now available online via the Internet Archive and other internet book sites. Books are available in full, free and in several different searchable formats. A few of the Balliol titles:
advance warning of suspension of service during the move to St Cross
There will have to be a period when the logistics dictate that access to the collections or enquiry service will be limited or entuirely suspended. This may occupy most of the calendar year 2011; updates will be posted as far in advance as possible. The period of reduced or closed service will of course be minimised as far as we can; a major purpose of the project after all is to make the College’s treasures more easily available. But in the meantime scholars who know that their research is going to involve Balliol’s original resources are advised to plan their programmes accordingly, and, if they can, to advance their approach to Balliol.
October 09 Archives Annual Report 2008-9 as published in the Annual Record
October 08 Archives Annual Report 2007-8 as published in the Annual Record
October 07 Archives Annual Report 2006-7 as published in the Annual Record
October 06 Archives Annual Report 2005-6 This report was cut off at the bottom of a page of the 2006 Annual Record , so here is the full illustrated version.
October 05 Archives Annual Report 2004-5 as published in the Annual Record
All images are copyright Balliol College.
The archives and manuscript collections of Balliol College are open by appointment to enquirers in person in their new accommodation at St Cross Church, Holywell.
Enquiries should be sent in writing (email or post) to the Archivist in the first instance.
There is no charge for Archive enquiries, but donations for Archive purposes are always appreciated.