Mischief at the Bodleian

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Mischief at the Bodleian

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 Saturday 11 May 2024


 At the Weston Library

 Free, just drop in!
Booking required for the In Conversation event

About the event

To celebrate the final weeks of the Mischief in the Archives display come and discover the transformative potential of family research in the archives with curator Peter Brathwaite.

  • Take a guided tour of the Mischief in the Archives display with curator Peter Brathwaite and hear the personal stories behind his family history research.
  • Learn about conducting Caribbean and African family history research using the Bodleian's rich archival collections.
  • Participate in a hands-on activity to print your own Mischief in the Archives keepsake.

This event is part of the We Are Our History project, shining a light on diverse histories and empowering individuals to reclaim their narratives.

Mischief in the Lecture Theatre: In Conversation with Peter Brathwaite

2 – 3pm
Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre

Join musician and artist Peter Brathwaite as he offers a behind-the-scenes look into his research process. Discover how he surfaced the stories of his ancestors, who lived amid the grim realities of 18th-century slavery in Barbados. Peter will share his insights and take your questions about researching Caribbean and African history in archives.

Book for the lecture


This event takes place in person in Blackwell Hall at the Weston Library.

Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The We Are Our History project is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation.

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A logo with orange text reading: We Are Our History towards racial equity

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