New Exhibition and Catalogue: Dervorguilla & Daughters: 750 Years of Women at Balliol

We are pleased to announce our Michaelmas 2019 exhibition and catalogue celebrating the 40th anniversary of the admission of women students to Balliol.

This exhibition delves into Balliol’s historic collections to illuminate the fundamental contribution of women to the College’s history.

The first female students matriculated at Balliol in 1979, but a very much longer history of women’s influence and agency at Balliol can be found in the College Archives. Beginning with the College’s joint founder, Dervorguilla of Galloway, who gave Balliol its Statutes in 1282, this exhibition tells the stories of the benefactors, educationalists, reformers, wives, writers, domestic staff, sisters and friends who over seven and a half centuries helped to shape the College we know today.

The exhibition will be open to the public during Oxford Open Doors on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019. The Library’s Exhibition and Outreach page has details of more opening times.

The exhibition catalogue is available as a PDF or in hard copy (£5, contact the Library to order).

The exhibition will also be open to Balliol alumnae attending Balliol Women: 40 Years On, on Sunday 29 September, 10.30am-12.00pm. All event attendees will receive a free copy of the catalogue.

 

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