What happened to the extraordinary collections of Percy Manning?

Michael Heaney
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13:00 - 13:45
The Weston Library
Broad Street
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The Weston Lecture Theatre, main entrance Blackwell Hall

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Lectures and seminars
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Disabled access?
Booking required

Percy Manning left his extraordinary collections to Oxford University on his death in 1917. They cover every aspect of Oxfordshire history and life, from the Stone Age to his own day, and every community in the county. His particular interest in folklore, custom and pastimes provides a unique insight into everyday life.  The documents and relics he collected can now be found in various places in the Bodleian, the Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers Museum, and it’s become hard to appreciate the scale of his contributions to local history. Most of his material is in the Bodleian, and until recently much of it has been difficult or even impossible to find. The centenary of his death is an opportunity to remedy that, and the museums and libraries are working together to celebrate his life and provide new ways to explore his collections. The talk will look at Manning’s life and collecting activities, and describe what happened to the material that came to the University.