What do we think?

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition showcases more than eighty highlights from the Libraries’ extensive archival collection. Marvel at the manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, gaze at Ada Lovelace’s nineteenth century mathematical notes, admire photography pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron’s pictures, and pore over medieval bookbindings – and, of course, a fragment of Sappho’s second century papyrus. Displaying the achievements of women across the centuries – from composer Fanny Mendelssohn to scientist Maria Sibylla Merian – this striking collection is a unique opportunity to savour some of the Bodleian’s greatest treasures: the ideal celebration of women’s ingenuity and creativity in breaking down barriers and defying expectations, both past and present. What an inspiring way to commemorate the centenary of female suffrage.

What do they say?

“Pirates and poets; suffragettes and explorers – this exhibition celebrates the achievements of women who dared to do the unexpected. Sappho to Suffrage showcases some of the Bodleian’s most remarkable and treasured items.”

Where is it?

Treasury, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

When is it?

10.00am – 5.00pm, Mondays to Saturdays and 11.00am – 5.00pm on Sundays, from Tuesday 6 March 2018 to Sunday 3 February 2019

How much is it?

Admission is free, no booking required.

Where can you find out more?

Intrigued? Full details of the ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition can be found here.

Not quite what you’re looking for?

To see The Bodleian Libraries’ full events programme, click here. For a selection of upcoming exhibitions, talks and events, browse our History of Art listings here, or our Literature & Creative Writing section here.

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