The Elephant in the Room

7 May-18 August 2018, 11.00-4.00pm
Balliol Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church, Manor Road OX1 3UH

Elephant in the Room Exhibition (photo: Balliol Library)Explore Balliol’s historic collections with everyone’s favourite pachyderm, the elephant. Family friendly with trail and activities included.

The exhibition is about elephants and their portrayal in printed books (whether scientific, geographical, comic, epic, erotic or sporting) from the 16th to the 21st century, as well as highlighting the work of Dr Lucy King (Balliol 2005), whose work on elephants and their reaction to bees is aimed at reducing conflict between elephants and people in Africa. As well as the exhibits of items as diverse as the report of the first printed anatomical dissection of an elephant (conducted in Dublin), Punch cartoons, a 17th-century atlas, and big game hunting manuals, there will be activities for children, puzzles and a reading corner – all elephant-themed.

Open to the public for exhibition launch: Monday 7 May 11.00am-4.00pm

Open days: Saturday 19 May 11.00am-4.00pm, Sunday 15 July 11.00am-4.00pm, Wednesday 15 August 11.00am-4.00pm

Late opening: Wednesday 15 June 3.00pm-7.00pm

Also open 9.00-5.00pm Monday-Friday by appointment: or 01865 277709