December 1634: Nicholas Crouch, a 16-year-old from a small hamlet just north of Luton, Bedfordshire, arrived in Oxford to enrol at the University.
July 1690: He died at Balliol College, his home for the intervening 56 years. The Library’s Donation Register records a bequest from him of 319 bound volumes, each containing between 1 and 70 bibliographical items. Other volumes in the Library that passed through his hands can be identified by his handwriting within them. His books encompass the intellectual, spiritual and political life of the turbulent middle years of the 17th century.
July 2016: The College embarked on a project to make Crouch’s collection of books and manuscripts accessible through cataloguing and conservation. This exhibition shares some of the findings of the project to reconstruct Nicholas Crouch.
Open to the public:
- Oxford Open Doors: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September, 11.00am-4.00pm
- Wednesday 26 September 11.00am-4.00pm
- Tuesday 16 October 11.00am-4.00pm
- Friday 30 November 3.00pm-7.00pm
Also open 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Friday by appointment: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01865 277709.