Manuscripts and Archives at Oxford University


Manuscripts and Archives at Oxford University

The new search service from the Bodleian Libraries

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 Thursday 26 October 2023

 2pm–7pm (BST)

 At the Weston Library and online

 Free, booking required

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About the event

Join us as we celebrate the launch of a new, single search tool across manuscript and archival catalogues for Oxford collections.

Funded by The Mellon Foundation, this new service – Manuscripts and Archives at Oxford University – aims to create a connected and adaptable digital environment for the University of Oxford’s manuscripts and archives.

You can now search over 200,000 items from 11 online catalogues, including archives, early modern and medieval manuscripts, Hebrew manuscripts, and manuscripts from Western, Central and Southern Asia, from 400 BC to the present day, in one place.

A series of talks will explore the new discovery service and will showcase newly discoverable content in the fields of medieval and early modern charters, South Asian manuscripts, and archival collections.

The new search tool, which also includes manuscripts held in a number of Oxford colleges, makes it easier to find material from across Oxford’s unique and diverse special collections, and enables searching across internal collection boundaries.


  • 2pm–5.30pm (BST): Presentation & livestreaming (9am–12.30pm Eastern Standard Time)
  • 5.30pm–7pm: Drinks reception and formal launch of the new service


Professor James Mallinson, Boden Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford
Dr Alison Ray, Archivist, St Peter’s College, All Souls College
Dr Matthew Holford, Tolkien Curator of Medieval Manuscripts, Bodleian Libraries
Dr Alex Hitchman, Digital Metadata Analyst, Bodleian Libraries
Dr Ben Whittle, Metadata Analyst for Hebrew manuscripts, Bodleian Libraries
Mike Webb, Curator of Early Modern Manuscripts, Bodleian Libraries
Andy Irving, Senior Systems Architect, Bodleian Libraries
Judith Siefring, Head of Digital Collections Discovery, Bodleian Libraries

 Booking information

This event is available to attend in person at the Weston Library or online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all but booking is required.

If you have booked your place in person, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

To see the presentation online, please register via the Zoom link. You may need to check your spam for the join link.


You can attend this event in person at the Weston Library or online via Zoom.


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