Events returning in October 2020
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Life Times: experiencing change through mind, body and place

How do our minds and bodies alter as we age? Can attitudes change from one generation to the next? How have the built and natural environments around us changed in the last 200 years? What are our hopes and fears for the future and how different will it be? Join researchers at the Bodleian’s Weston Library to look into the past, present and future. This event includes hands-on activities all day and a Living Library of researchers and talks in the evening.
The shop and cafe will be open until 9pm.

This event is unticketed, but it helps us monitor interest if you register here.

Exhibits include:

Now and Then: England 1970-2015

Daniel Meadows’ photographs and audio recordings capture the life of England’s ‘great ordinary’. Each pair of photographs depicts the same people separated by an interval of twenty-five years. Sixteen short films open a window onto the lives of those portrayed. This exhibition and associated book celebrate the Bodleian Library’s acquisition of the Daniel Meadows archive and can be viewed 4 October – 24 November 2019.


Mice, Chicks, Fish and Me!

Explore how babies develop in the womb by manipulating embryos in virtual reality and observing them under microscopes. See how the hearts of live zebrafish embyros grow and change shape as they develop over the day.

Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics

University of Oxford


Memory in health and disease

Try simple tasks that assess memory and motivation in people with and without Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Learn how NHS researchers develop assessment and care procedures for patients.

Department of Experimental Psychology

University of Oxford



Think about your future self. Imagine what you might be like in the future and explore how you might achieve your hopes.

School of Education

Oxford Brookes University

(12-5pm only)


Remains II: Twenty Future Fossils

A sculpture comprised of twenty human milk teeth reproduced at a giant scale using photogrammetry and 3D printing techniques. How do we remember our previous selves?

School of Arts

Oxford Brookes University


Stereoscopic Oxford

Photo historians from Dr Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company display a collection of vintage 3D cameras and View-Masters, and show you how to use a cheap, user-friendly smartphone app to take stunning 3D photos.


The noise that keeps me awake

Climate catastrophe, rogue robots, asteroids and pandemics. We are surrounded by nightmares that could put an end to human life as we know it. What fears actually keep you awake and how closely do they match the real threats to our existence?

The Futures Thinking Network (TORCH)

University of Oxford


Who writes the Future?

Local young people have written short stories about their hopes and fears for our computerised futures. Meet them and pick up a copy of their illustrated anthology.

Bodleian Summer School students

(7 – 9.30pm only)


Living Library

Choose a book from our shelf and borrow a real, live researcher for a ten-minute conversation. All of our ‘living books’ study aspects of change, whether it be changes to our bodies, minds, attitudes or the world around us. Take this unique opportunity to chat to our experts. Maybe it will change the way you think.

(6.30 – 9.30pm only)



Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
18th October 2020

12:00 - 21:00

Event Type
Hands-on, Talk
Art, Health, History, Identity
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Booking Information:

Unticketed, Free

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