Sappho to Suffrage: Women who Dared


6 March 2018 — 3 February 2019
Venue: Treasury, Weston Library


Pirates and poets; suffragettes and explorers - this exhibition celebrates the achievements of women who dared to do the unexpected. Sappho to Suffrage showcases some of the Bodleian's most remarkable and treasured items.

Opening times:
Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Admission free. No booking required.

This exhibition highlights items from the Bodleian’s holdings which were made, written, owned or commissioned by women. Many of these items represent some of the Bodleian’s greatest treasures, and are remarkable for their distinctiveness, their artistry and their renown. Others are less well-known, but are no less significant because of what they can tell us about the lives of women and how these have been preserved in the Library.

To coincide with the centenary of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom, this exhibition is a central pillar of the University of Oxford’s programme of events to commemorate this important milestone in the history of British democracy. Suffrage items are an important feature, but the exhibition also highlights the pioneering women who predated the suffrage movement and those who came after them. Newly-commissioned displays of a ’lost’ Oxford suffrage banner and modern suffrage banners link the lives and works of the remarkable women featured here with contemporary debates about gender equality.


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