Follow the Shout out for Women Trail
While visiting the Bodleian’s exhibition, you may like to look out for the ‘Shout Out For Women’ trail in Oxford city centre, which highlights women represented within the collections of Oxford University’s gardens, libraries and museums.
For example, the Museum of the History of Science has on show Mary Senex’s Celestial Globe (1738), an astrolabe similar to the one made by astrolabe-maker, Mariam al-Asturlabi, in 9th century Syria, and Nobel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin’s model for the structure of penicillin (1945).
While at the Ashmolean Museum you can see a ceremonial flint knife from c.3,200-3,300 BCE discovered at excavations at Hierakonpolis in Egypt where Annie Abernethie Quibell’s artistic skills were put to good use documenting the many finds; Quibell (née Pirie) (1862-1927) had studied at UCL under the famous Egyptologist Flinders Petrie.
And across at the Pitt Rivers Museum is a Lower Palaeolithic stone hand axe tip excavated in Palestine by a team of mostly women, including women from local villages, led by anthropologist Dorothy Garrod; Garrod studied anthropology at the University of Oxford in 1921 at a time when there were only a few women students; and she was the first person to use aerial photography as an archaeological tool.
For more information please visit: https://glam.web.ox.ac.uk/shoutout-for-women