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The Beasts in The Angus: The Heraldic Pelican

Posted Tuesday, 7th May 2013

PRO LEGE REGE ET GREGE: For the Law, the King, and the Nation.

“Love kepyth the lawe, obeyeth the Kynge, and is good for the Comm’n Welthe.”

This image is from the final page of the New Testament in English, edited from the Tyndale version and printed by the London-based printer and bookseller Richard Judge or Jugge (d. 1577). Judge’s printer’s device is prominently displayed: in the medallion is a pelican feeding her children by pecking her chest.

The Medieval tale of the pelican states that when the chicks begin to grow, they rebel against their father and incite his anger. The provoked male bird kills his chicks; when the female bird returns to the nest and discovers her dead young, she pierces her breast and feeds her blood to her brood. The mother’s blood revives the chicks, the mother pelican is therefore often depicted as an emblem of piety and charity.[i]

Naturalists observed that the pelican had a red tip to its beak and small areas of crimson plumage; they therefore reported that the pelican fed its young with blood flowing from its breast. The reddish tinge on the pelican is in fact natural colouring, and the behaviour of the pelican which may have resulted in this legend is part of its ordinary feeding process. The pelican has a sack which acts as a container for the fish that it feeds to its young. When feeding its chicks, the bird presses the sack back against its neck in an action which mimics opening its breast with its bill.

As Jesus Christ set forth the redemption through His blood, which he willingly shed for His children, early Christians adopted the pelican as an emblem of Jesus Christ.[ii]

Then sayd the pellycane

   When my byrdts be slayne

With my bloude I them reuyue (revive)

   Scrypture doth record,
   The same dyd our Lord,
And rose from deth to lyue.”

                     Skelton, Armory of Birds 

[i] One of the most popular books of the Middle Ages, Physiologus, contains a number of moralised tales about beasts.

Anon, Physiologus: A Medieval Book of Nature Lore, 1587, translated by Michael Curley, 2009.

[ii] J. Vinycomb, Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art, 1909.

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Volunteering FAQ

Posted Wednesday, 24th April 2013

What types of volunteering opportunities do you offer at The Angus?

There are many different ways to get involved with the work of The Angus. We would like to hear from you regarding what your interests are and see how your skills, gifts and abilities can be used to help us continue to develop The Angus.

We are recruiting for the following roles:

– General Angus Volunteer
– Archiving for the Future Volunteer
– Education Research Volunteer
– Exhibition Guiding Volunteer
– Exhibition Interpretation Volunteer
– Exhibition Research Volunteer
– Student Support Volunteer 
– Digital Preparation Volunteer
– Volunteer Advocate

If you are interested in any of the above roles and would like a detailed role description, please email:
What benefits are there to volunteering and what training will I receive?

Volunteering is fun and fulfilling! Whilst many people chose to volunteer in order to gain valuable experience for their CV, there are also plenty of other reasons to volunteer, including:

– Learning new skills
– Helping others
– Meeting new people and becoming part of a team 
– Finding out about local history and enriching the local community  
– Improving your employability through training and development

We will provide an induction tailored to each volunteer position, including: Background History, Information about The Angus and its Collections, Health and Safety, Handling Fragile Documents, Equal Opportunities, Safeguarding Policy, Volunteer Policy, and Procedures.

We will also provide relevant training agreed upon according to an individual’s development needs.

How much time must I give and is there a minimum commitment?

The Angus Library is open 9.30am – 4.30pm (Monday – Friday).

Volunteer hours will be agreed upon with each individual; the majority of volunteer work will take place within the opening hours, however some roles do require weekend hours which will be specified within the role description. 

What skills and experience do you ask for?

To request a role description detailing what skills are required, please email the title of the role that you are interested in to:

Volunteer placements are made after an informal chat during which the applicant’s skills, talents, interests and desires will be discussed so that a suitable role can be determined.

Can I claim for my expenses?

We will reimburse all reasonable volunteer expenses, such as travel costs. We are also able to provide lunch if a volunteer is on site between 1pm-2pm.

Will I have to undergo a police check?

The need for a police check depends on the volunteering role and will be specified in the role description.

Are there any age limits?

We currently only accept volunteers aged 18 or over. There are no upper age limits to volunteering at The Angus.

How do I apply to be a volunteer?

Please send an email stating your interest to:

Application forms can be downloaded, please click here and send the form to the above email address or post them to:

Anja Clark, Angus Library and Archive, Regent’s Park College, Pusey St, Oxford OX1 2LB

If you have any further questions about volunteering, please let us know.

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HLF Volunteer Opportunities!

Posted Thursday, 21st March 2013

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Learning and Participation Officer – Last Chance to Apply!

Posted Wednesday, 20th March 2013

The closing date for applications for the Learning & Participation Officer is tomorrow, 21st March at 12pm Midday!!

If you still wish to apply, please email for an application pack.

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Learning and Participation Officer Wanted!

Posted Tuesday, 5th March 2013

We are now looking to recruit a new position in connection with the HLF project:

Learning and Participation Officer

The Angus Library and Archive

2 years 9 months, part-time, 20 hours p/w

£22,000 pro rata


Regent’s Park College (RPC), a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, has a part-time, grant- funded position for a Learning and Participation Officer. RPC has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Baptist Union’s Newington Court Fund to deliver an exciting project which will enable The Angus Library and Archive (The Angus) to reach a wider audience resulting in greater participation.

We are therefore looking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated person with educational experience in the museum, archive or culture sector, to fill this varied and interesting post. This position will focus on coordinating the outreach activities by liaising with schools and heritage groups and assisting with the development of exhibitions and seminars to promote treasures held in The Angus. The role will also involve launching online teaching materials for KS3 and supporting Archive Taster sessions. The role requires previous experience in public engagement in the museum, archive or other cultural sector. Knowledge and experience of Heritage Lottery Fund projects would be desirable but not essential.

For more information regarding this position or to request an information pack please contact the Project Administrator, or (01865)288142.

 A job description can be found on our website

Closing date is 12pm Thursday 21st March 2013. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 27th March 2013.


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Project Activity Plan Available Online

Posted Friday, 18th January 2013

The main part of a HLF Round 2 application is the Activity Plan.

This is a comprehensive document that discusses in detail the project and more specifically the outreach activities that will be udertaken as part of the project.

If you would like to look at the Activity plan it is now available to view online here

If you have any questions or comments you can wither post them at the bottom of this post or email us at 

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Press coverage

Posted Friday, 18th January 2013

This week, has been very busy with the project recieving coverage in the local media.

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Project Administrator wanted

Posted Friday, 11th January 2013

Regent’s Park College (RPC), a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, has a full-time, 3 year, grant- funded position for a Project Administrator. RPC has recently secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Baptist Union’s Newington Court Trust to deliver an exciting project which will enable The Angus Library and Archive (The Angus) to reach a wider audience resulting in greater participation.
We are therefore looking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly organised and motivated person to fill this varied and interesting post. This position will provide administrative support for the newly developed outreach project, alongside providing office management and administrative support for The Angus, in particular the College Librarian. Experience with HLF projects would be an advantage.
For more information regarding this position or to request an information pack please contact the College Librarian, or (01865)288142.

Closing date is 5pm 25th January 2013. Interviews will be held on the 30th January 2013.

For the Job description please click here





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Let the fun begin!

Posted Monday, 7th January 2013

Well 2013 is here which means the start of our exciting new project.

Thank you everyone for your congratulations it has been a long road thus far but now the fun starts.


The news has spread and has been reported in the news section of the National Archives website and in the online denominational newsletter Baptist Times.

We are continuing to promote our successful grant application and would be happy to talk with anyone further about it.

So the work begins

The first steps to be taken are the setting up of the project with much of the activities beginning in a few months time.

The key tasks that will be initially undertaken will include the appointment of the Project Administrator and also the first meeting of the Project Board.

New Position
The Project Administrator will be a full time position what will provide admin support for the project and also The Angus, this is a crucial role in ensuring the smooth running of the project.

We expect to advertise this position this week and information will be posted on the blog once this has happened so stay tuned.

Once again thank you for all your well wishes, please check back to the blog often as we will be updating it regularly now that the project has begun.

Best wishes to all for 2013.


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The Angus secures HLF Funding

Posted Tuesday, 18th December 2012

Oxford’s Regent’s Park College has received £488k from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and The Baptist Union Newington Court Fund (BUGB) to provide opportunities for people to learn about the important part Baptists played in the history of the United Kingdom and the world. The project will also safeguard this unique and important part of nation’s heritage.

This funding will enable us to catalogue, conserve and provide opportunities for more people to learn from and participate in the heritage contained in the collection in the following ways:.
  • Write and distribute image rich lesson-starters and in-depth teaching resources for young people studying history at Secondary School (KS3 and 4)
  • Work with IntoUniversity to develop year 10 and 11 Archive Taster Sessions to enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds aspiring to go to University to learn how to use a range of original documents in a archive setting

  • Hold biennial lectures and exhibitions linked to national events like Fair Trade Fortnight, Black History Month and International Women’s Day

  • Fully catalogue the collection and make it searchable online

  • Digitise the BMS World Mission missionary paper archives and make them available online

  • Work with churches to run a programme of training courses which will highlight the need for simple best practice archiving of church records and artefacts so that these important documents are preserved for future generations

  • Run courses on writing church histories so that congregations can record their histories and tell the story of their church

We will recruit and train volunteers as part of delivering all these exciting activities and if people are interested in getting involved in the project they should contact Emma Walsh, College Librarian.


Emma Walsh, College Librarian at Regent’s Park College

“This grant will help us to realise the dream of helping more people discover and engage with the unique riches that are held in The Angus. 400 years ago the first Baptist community settled in Spitalfields, London. It is exciting that in the year that this anniversary has been celebrated we can start a new phase of helping people engage with another aspect of the nation’s shared history”


Dr Robert Ellis, College Principal

“We are privileged to have The Angus Library and Archive at Regent’s Park College where it can be accessed alongside the unrivalled resources of the University of Oxford. The College’s Governing Body is delighted that the HLF and BUGB are enabling us to further improve accessibility to and awareness of its unique contents.

These grants are essential if the College is to ensure the collection is catalogued, conserved and that access to it is extended. However, funding for higher education has never been more precarious and The College’s reliance on donations from alumni, friends and churches remains.”



Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said:

“Saving our historic archives is so important – they are a valuable resource for anyone wanting to explore their past. The Angus is bursting with stories and facts that give us clues as to what Baptist life was like and how that has shaped us into what we are today.”

Further Information:

If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview with Emma Walsh, College Librarian please call 01865 288142 or email

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