Thinking inside the box

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15th-century French Gothic coffer, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford


Thinking inside the box

 19 January – 17 February 2019       All day    

 Admission free

Thinking inside the box

A display of boxes, bags, and satchels used for carrying books at different times and places – inspired by the Bodleian's recent acquisition of a book-coffer from fifteenth century medieval Paris.

A 3D model and photos of the coffer are available to view on the University of Oxford’s Cabinet website, which uses digitization to make museum collections more accessible for teaching and research. View the coffer at

In addition, Cabinet also includes a 3D model and photos of a deed box, which features in the Thinking inside the Box display. View the deed box at


Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


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