Autumn Accessions

The Chantry Library recently received two new donations from Jesus College Librarian Owen McKnight. Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin by Megan Rosenbloom and National Treasures: Saving the Nation’s Art in World War II by Caroline Shenton. The first has arrived just in time for... Continue Reading →

Judith Chantry – behind the scenes

Judith Chantry working in her small conservation studio at the Ashmolean The Chantry Library is named after artist and conservator Judith Chantry (1943-1999), who began her career as a children's librarian in Sheffield after gaining her librarianship qualification. Judith soon followed her love of art, moving to London to train as a paper conservator, and... Continue Reading →


OCC is very pleased to announce the reopening of the Chantry Library from October 1st, with our new part-time librarian, Mrs Marjory Szurko. Marjory has worked in many Oxford College library collections and has a wealth of experience in running libraries. She also has a passion for creating sweet dishes and cakes from historical recipes.... Continue Reading →

June 4, 2022 – It’s National Cheese Day! 

To slightly misquote Avery Aames, of A Cheese Shop Mystery fame: ‘Libraries are great. Cheese makes them better’. The Chantry Library recently received some publications from Jane Thompson Webb and colleagues from the Birmingham Museums Trust that are certainly helping us on our ‘whey’. The Museum was undergoing refurbishment which coincided with the relocation of... Continue Reading →

Clairinsh! In praise of Alan Buchanan

Why does this post start with the battle cry of the Buchanans? To honour the life and contribution of paper conservator Alan Buchanan who sadly passed away February 2nd 2022. Alan retired from civil engineering after a career of 30 years. In 1989 he joined the last HND course (Higher National Diploma) in paper conservation... Continue Reading →

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