Lunar: We Look to the Moon

Lunar display poster

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first crewed mission to land on the Moon (20 July 1969). We Look to the Moon is a new display at the Bodleian Library, created by an multidisciplinary team of academics from the Rothermere American Institute, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Physics, and the Oxford Internet Institute’s Cabinet team. The exhibit draws on objects and publications from the Bodleian collections to explore humanity’s study of, and fascination with, all things lunar. It will be in place in the Proscholium (Old Bodleian Library) between 13 July and 15 September.

There will also be a Lunar Activity Day in Blackwell Hall (Weston Library atrium) on Saturday 20 July between 10am and 4pm, celebrating the anniversary and the opening of the new exhibit. Activities will include stalls, displays, arts and crafts, lectures and talks, object handing, and live performances. This event is free, family-friendly, drop in event, and open to all.

20 July 2019, Blackwell Hall, Lunar Activity Day Lectures and Talks:

Prof. Kendrick Oliver, Department of History, University of Southampton
'The Seeing Eye: Spaceflight as Religious Experience'

Dr. Neil Bowles, Department of Physics, University of Oxford
'What temperature is the surface of the Moon and why should I care?'

Dr. Merve Emre, Faculty of English, Univeristy of Oxford
'The Moon is Feminist Art'

Lunar activity day poster

Dr. Mark Lee, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
'Contested Meanings of Lunacy in Nineteenth-Century Asylums'

Rivers Gambrell, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford
'An All-Star Event: Athletes, Astronauts, & Nixon's Moon Landing'

Dr. John R. Blakinger, Department of History of Art, University of Oxford
'Art in Outer Space'

Dr. Jon Wade, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
'The Origin of the Moon'

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