Fol­low the Shout out for Women Trail

Timeless Travels Magazine - - EXHIBITION REVIEW -

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.

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