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Brasenose Ale Revisited

On Shrove Tuesday each year the College observes its ancient custom of reciting verses in honour of Brasenose Ale. The origin of the Brasenose Ale Verses is unknown and only two survive from before the 19th century, both in secondary … Continue reading

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Marginalia

Although many of the books in the College library have marginalia these are usually scholarly notes relating to the text. Sometimes, however, there are drawings and doodles as well, which are always a welcome surprise! Two examples of marginalia of … Continue reading

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Brasenose College Turkey Work Chapel Cushions

Until quite recently there were nine embroidered cushions in the Brasenose College Chapel. At the beginning of this year they were removed for analysis, and were subsequently identified by an expert at the V&A as important examples of 17th century … Continue reading

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Brasenose College’s map of Whitechapel

In 1708 Brasenose College, Oxford, purchased the advowson or patronage of the parish of St Mary Matfelon, Whitechapel, from the parish of Stepney. This was confirmed by Act of Parliament in 1710 and gave the College the right to appoint … Continue reading

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Brasenose and the Ashmolean

The Ashmolean, the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, was officially founded in 1683. It is perhaps most famous for being the earliest public museum in England. Named after Elias Ashmole, it was originally founded as a scientific … Continue reading

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A biography of John Idowu Conrad Taylor

John Idowu Conrad Taylor the renowned Nigerian lawyer is a seminal figure in Lagos. During his time practicing at the Nigerian Bar he was a commanding lawyer, well remembered for several high profile cases. In tributes paid to him after … Continue reading

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An Archaeologist in the Archives

(Brasenose Archaeology Blog III by Francesca Anthony) This summer I was given the wonderful opportunity of spending a few weeks working in the college’s archives, alongside the archivist Georgie Edwards. I had been eager to undertake such experience as archives … Continue reading

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