During our day trip to the lovely city of Oxford, our class made a trip to Christ Church College. I will admit my knowledge of Oxford was vague so it made my visit much more exciting and interesting. I had no clue that Oxford is all about Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland. In fact I was in Oxford during the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland; how cool is that? I did not know that Winston Churchill hung out there. I did not know that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis liked to meet up for dinner at a pub called the Eagle and Child; this was the location of my first fish & chips experience. Yes. Oxford is an awesome place to visit!
|Alter at Christ Church Cathedral|
Christ Church College is chock full of a vast, fascinating history. The college was originally planned by Cardinal Wolsey; famous for being a chief adviser to Henry VIII. Several famous people have studied there including John Locke, Robert Hooke and thirteen prime minsters as well.
|Ceiling in Christ Church College Library|
Our visit to Christ Church College Library was a privileged visit ; a wonderful surprise to say the least. The library is quite beautiful. The detail in the building is fantastic. The ceilings are beyond gorgeous and included detail that I was not expecting which made the experience all the more grand. The collection housed upstairs, the special collection, is magnificent. I have never before seen a library with so much natural light. It was simply amazing. The shelves and flooring are all wood. There were wooden ladders lined along the shelves. It felt like an old-fashioned library and it is awesome to be able to say that I have been inside. Again it was a welcomed visit and one we were lucky to get. Thank you Maria Franchini for allowing us to visit. It was a privilege!
|Christ Church College Library Upper Floor|
Bits of Information
- The collection is full of early printed books and manuscripts with strength in Hebrew materials.
- The library pictured in this blog is known as The Upper Library.
- It is 150 feet long and contains 40,000 books.
- A library was first established at Christ Church in 1562. Outside the Bodleian Library, Christ Church Library has the largest collection of early printed books in Oxford.
This is just a small taste of what Christ Church is all about. You should totally take a look at this link and learn some more!