Bodleian Treasures: A VIP Experience


Bodleian Treasures

A VIP Experience

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 Monday 22 May 2023

 5pm–7pm & 6pm–8pm

  At the Old Bodleian Library and Weston Library

  Spaces limited, booking essential

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About this event

A very special tour of the Bodleian Library, for one night only.

Experience the Bodleian like never before, with an exclusive evening of treasures, talks and champagne.

Starting in the Weston Library, our expert curators will show you some of our rarest, and rarely seen, treasures from the Bodleian Library. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous books and manuscripts.

You will then be escorted across to the Old Bodleian, where one of our most knowledgeable and experienced guides will share stories of the University of Oxford’s oldest purpose-built teaching room: the stunning 15th-century Divinity School.

Moving upstairs, the highlight of the evening will be an exclusive, thirty-minute, personal tour of the medieval Duke Humfrey’s Library with Richard Ovenden OBE, Bodley's Librarian.

The evening concludes with champagne and canapes in the room where the Oxford Parliament was held during the English Civil War.


Tour duration is at least two hours. All proceeds from the evening will help fund the conservation, collection and care of the Bodleian Libraries' archive of over 13 million printed items and outstanding special collections.

 How to book

Tickets for this unique event are £250 and are very strictly limited. There is a maximum of four tickets per booking.

Booking for this event has now closed.


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG