Professor David Pyle is guest curator of the latest exhibition at the Bodleian Library: Volcanoes.
Housed in the Weston Library’s ST Lee Gallery, the exhibition traces our understanding of volcanoes from Roman times to the present day, with a beautiful array of art, poetry, documents, scientific equipment and anecdotes from around the world, many of which have been preserved in the Bodleian’s own collections.
The exhibition would be of interest to anyone with an interest in Science, Geography, History, Art, society, civilisation or travel. It was recommended by the Guardian as one of the best art and design exhibitions of 2017.
For teachers, Volcanoes offers a great opportunity for a trip away from the classroom, with the exhibition open until 21st May, and would be accessible to pupils of any age or stage of learning, and suitable for a range of subjects. For parents, this is a great way to spend some quality (yet free!) time with the kids over half term, a weekend, or during the forthcoming Easter holidays.
Specific events designed for kids and adults can be discovered and booked online: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/whats-on/upcoming-events/2017/feb/volcanoes
If you can’t make it to Oxford, the accompanying book provides a wealth of imagery and information: www.bodleianshop.co.uk/exhibition/volcanoes/volcanoes
David Pyle was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. You can hear him on catch-up www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08fg3m9 (52 mins in)