Some highlights of the Oxford library


Above is a photo of the Divinity School, the oldest surviving part of the Bodlian Library (I think I have this right, but correct me if I’m wrong). They began building this part of the library early in the 15th century!

Below is a picture of the Radcliffe Camera (a relative latecomer to the august Oxford library system; building was only finished in 1749), which has become a reading room used primarily by undergraduates. Sydney, when we have our own house, I’m expecting something along these lines for our own library.  We already have the books–now we just need the edifice!radcliffe-camera.jpg

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2 Responses to Some highlights of the Oxford library

  1. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the great updates and pictures. I’ve been enjoying both very much. What kind of camera did you end up with?

  2. fustianist says:

    It’s a “Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8K 7.2MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom”–at least, I think that’s what Sydney’s currently toting around.

    We wanted something that would be good for taking pictures of really old texts and small birds from far away–but also something that the camera novice like me could use. It’s still not exactly a point-and-shoot, though, which is why there aren’t pictures of us together; Sydney wasn’t so sure he wanted to hand his camera over to some stranger in London!

    I should say, by the way, that the top picture is a bit blurry because I, ahem, shrunk the picture with some software on my computer–and saved it that way!–and then had to blow it up again from that reduced picture for the blog post. Terrrible, I know, but I thought you should know that it wasn’t the camera’s fault.


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