Exhibitions curated







Posters design: Cristina Neagu














Recipe for Success

Food and Drink Through Christ Church's History


April - June 2011


This exhibition celebrating the art of cooking and drinking in one of the most famous Oxford Colleges is in honour of John Harris, Steward at Christ Church.


The exhibition will be open in Christ Church Upper Library between 

13 April - 27 June 2011.


Visiting hours (Monday-Friday):
9.00 am - 1.00 pm
2.00 pm - 5.00 pm  















A Man for All Seasons


March - April 2011

An exhibition highliting the life of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Charles Frederick Algernon Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford KG GCB OM DSO & Bar MC (21 May 1893 – 22 April 1971), a senior Royal Air Force officer and an advocate of strategic bombing. He was the British Chief of the Air Staff during most of the Second World War.

The exhibition was open in Christ Church Upper Library between
21 March - 11 April 2011

Visiting hours:
9.00 am - 1.00 pm
2.00 pm -5.00 pm







Looking for Aldrich


January - March 2011


Educated at Westminster School under Dr Richard Busby, Henry Aldrich (1648-1710) entered Christ Church in 1662. He never left the College. In 1692, he was also appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. The accomplished versatility of Henry Aldrich was nothing short of phenomenal. He was an architect, classicist, mathematician, engraver, philosopher, poet and collector. As such, he had a profound impact on both the University and the College he led from 1689 to 1710, the year he died. To the despair of many scholars however, in his will he directed that all his letters and manuscripts be burned. So, ‘looking for Aldrich’ has always been a very frustrating and difficult enterprise. The exhibition now open in the Upper Library complements the one organized by Christ Church Picture Gallery. It attempts to find traces of the impact Aldrich might have had on his contemporaries by focusing on his passion for mathematics and logic, achitecture and achitectural drawing. It dwells on Aldrich’s association with Oxford University Press, book design and volumes that he found inspiration in. It also offers a glimpse into a few exceptionally valuable scores that Aldrich bequethed to Christ Church, which constitute the core of the music collection.


The exhibition was open in Christ Church Upper Library between

 21 January - 11 March 2011


Visiting hours
9 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 5 pm
Saturday: 12 noon - 1 pm




The Naked Library


October 2010 - February 2011


This exhibition is an attempt to capture the complexity and range of the work undertaken in the Library during the 2009-2011 restoration project. Since the end of Trinity term 2009 until the beginning of Michaelmas 2010, the Library has been the scene of frenetic activity. With everything now back to normal and with little evidence of the major building works that closed the library for two  summers in a row, it is no longer easy to recall the details of the restoration. This exhibition is the Library’s means to say thank you to all those whose skill, care and enthusiasm have ensured a clean bill of health for Christ Church Library. Paradoxical as it may seem, very little of their effort is visible. All is now neatly tucked away beneath floorboards, behind walls, inside desks, in the loft or up in the roof. To reclaim a few glimpses of what lies beneath two long hot summers, we invite to you to a quick stroll on memory lane.The exhibition is organized in four main sections: Architecture (Plans and  Drawings), Time Capsules (Intentional and Unintentional), Decoration and Building works.
he exhibition was open in Christ Church Upper Library between

 25 October 2010 - 4 February 2011

Visiting hours:
9.00 am - 1.00 pm
2.00 pm -5.00 pm