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Exhibition: Fractured Mission: the Library and the Making of Antelope

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Magdalen College

Old Library

Magdalen College

Oxford

OX1 4AU

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Curated by Samson Kambalu, Fellow of Magdalen College and associate professor of the Ruskin School of Art, and Lucy Gwynn, College Librarian

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This exhibition brings together Kambalu's preparatory studies for Antelope, his sculpture recently commissioned for a place on the 'fourth plinth' in Trafalgar Square, with books from the artist's library on Malawi's history, John Chilembwe, and the Chilembwe Uprising of 1915. Antelope restages a photograph of pan-Africanist and Baptist preacher John Chilembwe with John Chorley, a white European missionary. At Magdalen, the clay pieces of his preparatory models for Antelope are positioned with photographs chronicling his work on the sculpture and with reproductions of the demolition of Chilembwe’s mission church after the uprising. The exhibition makes a striking intervention in the medieval space of Magdalen’s Old Library, the fifteenth-century room now containing nearly 20,000 historic books.

Please note that the exhibition is free, but that Magdalen College charges an entrance fee to some visitors. The fee is as follows:

Adults £8; Over 65s, children, students £7; Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 7 or over) £25.

The following are admitted free of charge:

  • Children under 7 years of age
  • Potential applicants and their families
  • Pathway to Success participants and a small number of guests
  • Those who live locally, or who hold an Oxford University card, an OUP card, or alumnus card can come in with up to one guest

Payment will be by card only, no cash. More information on visiting the college, including travel information and accessibility, can be found here.

Access: The Old Library is accessed via a steep flight of stairs. There is disabled access via a lift, but please contact us in advance so that we can arrange this for you. Many thanks.


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Magdalen College

Old Library

Magdalen College

Oxford

OX1 4AU

United Kingdom

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Magdalen College is proud to present a multi-part event series running in tandem with its new exhibition, Magdalen Means Business: From Inspiration to Enterprise. This series will explore the relationship between academia and the entrepreneurial world, with Oxford, and especially Magdalen, at its focus. Events will range from formal lectures tracing the biographies of individuals and their companies, in-depth discussions between academics and entrepreneurs, and provocative debates between various sectors.

Magdalen College is a constituent college of Oxford University. It was founded in 1458 by Bishop William of Waynflete; it is now one the most academically successful colleges of Oxford. In 1991 Magdalen co-founded the Oxford Science Park as a 50/50 joint venture to deliver high-quality commercial offices and laboratories for science and technology-based companies. In 2016, Magdalen bought out its partners and took full ownership of the Science Park, ushering in a new phase of investment in new start-ups and international companies. 

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