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Curatorial credits

Curatorial Credits

Exhibition Curators:

Dr Charlotte Berry (College Archivist)

Charlotte is responsible for the College’s archive collections and runs the archive reading room which is open to College staff, students, external researchers, and members of the public. For this exhibition, her expert knowledge of the College’s collections was instrumental to effectively support research into the history of women at Magdalen throughout the centuries. Charlotte also wrote the text for the first 5 tabs.

Professor Siân Pooley (Tutorial Fellow in Modern British History)

Siân came to Magdalen College as a tutorial fellow in 2014.  Her research is centred on the question of how social change and continuity happened in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Specifically, this research focuses on two main areas. The first explores questions of change and diversity through a study of parenthood during the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century fertility decline, when couples halved the size of their families. The second focuses on writing by children that was published in the seventy years before the Second World War. For this exhibition, Siân wrote the text for the final 3 tabs following extensive research.

William Shire (Assistant Librarian)

Will joined Magdalen College in August 2019 and started working to support the library’s programme of exhibitions straight away. As he is passionate about using technology to support the library’s exhibition and event programmes, he very much enjoyed working on this exhibition. For Women and Power, Will edited and designed the online site, assisted with the administration of image rights, and adapted the exhibition text to make it suitable for online publication.


The curators would like to thank the following for their generous contributions to this exhibition:

All conservators at the Oxford Conservation Consortium

All Magdalen members and staff whose papers have come to the College Archive & could therefore be used in this exhibition

All students, fellows & staff, past & present, who took part in the Oral History Project, 2019

Dr Virginia Bainbridge, Tutor in medieval history, Dept of Continuing Education, for providing additional research about Magdalen’s early female benefactor Lady Joan Danvers

Rebecca Bates (Magdalen history student 2014-2017) & Kathryne Crossley (Magdalen College School), oral history advisors

Exhibition volunteers Marilyn Bowler & Abigail Walker

Tilly Guthrie, Graduate Trainee at Magdalen College Library and Archives, for proof-reading and transcriptions

Katrina Kelly & Chloe Hughes, Oral History Project interns, 2019

Magdalen College Development & Alumni Relations Fund for funding the Oral History Project, 2019

Magdalen College fellows, staff & students: Prof Laurence Brockliss, Celia Brown, Dr Ed Dodson, Scarlett Harris, Dr Laura Ludtke, Rachel Mehtar, Prof John Nightingale, Joss Tricks, Mark Williams & anyone else we’ve forgotten – sorry!

Magdalen College Library/Archives & Development/Alumni staff

Lindsay McCormack, Archivist, Magdalen College School

Image credits:

Copyright for all the images belongs to Magdalen College Oxford, unless stated otherwise.

Design & Editorial:

Website layout by One Ltd.; edit and design by William Shire, Assistant Librarian, Magdalen College.