Hakluyt 400th anniversary events

The Hakluyt Society is organising a series of events in Oxford to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Hakluyt this year.

Two exhibitions of rare books and manuscripts are happening: in the Upper Library, Christ Church, and the Weston Library of the Bodleian.

Friday 14 October, in the Upper Library, Christ Church, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DP 

4.30–6.30 p.m. General introduction on Christ Church in the sixteenth century by Judith Curthoys, the Christ Church Archivist, followed by a symposium on scientific instruments in Hakluyt’s time, with papers by the President of the Hakluyt Society, Jim Bennett, and Dr Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science). A reception will follow.

This is free of charge and open to all who are interested, but as adequate seating has to be prepared, please e-mail Dr Cristina Neagu, the Special Collections Librarian at Christ Church, if you wish to attend:  cristina.neagu@chch.ox.ac.uk

Friday 28 October,
in the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

5.30–6.30 p.m.  An introductory lecture by Dr William Poole (New College) on Hakluyt and the books on display in the Bodleian’s exhibition. A reception will follow.

This is free of charge and open to all who are interested, but a place must be reserved if you wish to attend. The Bodleian asks that you please e-mail: rsvp@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, saying you will be attending and giving your postal address, so they can send a formal printed invitation pour mémoire.


On 24-25 November, a major international conference will take place in the Weston Library (Bodleian) and Christ Church, with keynote lectures by Prof. Chaplin (Harvard) and historian Prof. Michael Wood.

For details and booking arrangements, see:


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