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The following list details current, forthcoming, and past exhibitions held in the Library. These are usually displayed in the Library Exhibition Area located between the Old Library and the Working Library (on entering the Working Library turn left and walk through the reference section and periodicals area). The Exhibition Area is open to visitors Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Please note that these details are provisional and may be subject to alteration.

Current exhibitions

The "merrie monarch", Charles II (1660-1685)
02/10/2017 - 01/12/2017

For a largely Royalist and Anglican institution, the civil war and commonwealth had proved a difficult and unhappy time. This exhibition highlights the response of the College to the restoration...

Future exhibitions

Harry Hinsley in 1969
24/01/2018 - 20/04/2018

Widely known for his code-breaking work at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, and for his writings on the history of twentieth-century diplomacy and intelligence, Harry Hinsley was also...

Online exhibitions

Lady Margaret Beaufort, foundress of the College

This is an online version of an exhibition held in the College's Library Exhibition Area during the summer of 2013.

Drawing upon the rich...

St John's College is home to thirty-four of Samuel Butler's oil paintings, most of which were photographed in 2011 by the Public Catalogue Foundation. You can view a slideshow of digital...

Samuel Butler (1835–1902) was a writer, artist and photographer, who engaged in many of the topical debates of his time. He published books on subjects as diverse as evolution, religion,...