Chantry Library Subject Bibliography No. 8: Greco-Roman Funerary Portraits by Jevon Thistlewood

Greco-Roman Funerary Portraits in the Ashmolean Museum Collections © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford We’re delighted to announce the publication of a new online subject bibliography, ‘Conservation of Greco-Roman Funerary Portraits’ by paintings conservator, Jevon Thistlewood. The earliest unearthing of a mummy portrait was 1615, and these beautiful, naturalistic and near life-sized portraits on panel... Continue Reading →

Season’s Greetings!

It's that wonderful time of the year, and we're looking out on a bright frosty scene from the Botanic Gardens, near the Chantry Library. We wish you all the best for the season, and although the Library is closed now, we'll be back again in January 2023 to greet you warmly.

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 →

Cataloguing the Collection: A Sneak Peak

Today we have a guest post from Will Shire, Assistant Librarian at Magdalen College, Oxford, who has been helping to catalogue new acquisitions to the Chantry Library collection. Will has catalogued a whopping 97 items for us so far, for which we are extremely grateful! Here, he picks out some of his favourite finds. For... Continue Reading →

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