Joanna Snelling

Joanna Snelling

500 Years of Corpus Christi: Of Bees and Books – 500 Years of an Oxford College Library SOLD OUT

Friday 31 March 2017

2 Hours


Corpus Christi: Lecture Theatre



Ticket price

Corpus Christi College librarian Joanna Snelling explains the history of the college library and offers a tour of the original library building and coffee and biscuits.

Corpus Christi College was founded as a ‘bee garden’ and designed to house 20 students of the ‘honey-making race’.  Snelling will discuss the library as hive, a centre for intellectual industry, exploring the ways in which it has supported the ‘bees’ in their honey-making activities over the last five centuries.  The talk will be followed by three 20-minute tours of the original library building. Ticketholders will be offered coffee and biscuits while they wait for their tour.

Corpus Christi College was founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester and a diplomatic and political adviser to King Henry VII. The main quad, tower, dining hall, library and chapel were completed under Fox, and a second quad was added in the 18th century.

This event is presented by Corpus Christi College as part of its 500th anniversary celebrations.