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Volunteering with Angry Hippos

The Angus Library and Archive are seeking a volunteer Exhibition Researcher for an upcoming exhibition on 17th – 20th century literature, with a working title of ‘Virtue and Vice and All Things Nice’. This role would offer you the opportunity to gain skills and experience researching in an archive, handling rare books and curating an… Read more »

Christmas post!

Here in The Angus, we like Christmas. We like Christmas a lot. To get into the festive spirit we will be revealing an advent image every day until December 25th. You can follow us on Twitter: @RPCLibrary or take a look at our dedicated Advent Calendar blog. Merry Christmas from The Angus!

Abingdon Baptist Church Library

A Baptist Parochial Library In the 18th and 19th centuries (and sometimes, even today) many Anglican churches kept small libraries of books to help vicars write sermons, and for the intellectual and moral improvement of trusted parishioners.  A great deal of information is available on these collections, both in terms of what churches collected, and who… Read more »

For Liberty Against Tyranny: Free WW1 Exhibition and Talks

Booking now open! 10th – 15th November, Regent’s Park College, Oxford An exhibition looking at the events of the First World War and how these affected the thoughts and actions of non-conformists. Featured will be never before seen items such as correspondence from Prime Minister David Lloyd George, emergency passports issued at the outbreak of… Read more »

Measured Excitement: The Arrival of Artefacts from Grenfell’s Congo Voyage

There are an abundance of treasures and curiosities housed in The Angus, but something we’ve always been lacking is a nineteenth-century sphygmomanometer! The arrival of a large wooden box purporting to contain artefacts relating to the work of the cartographer and Baptist Missionary, George Grenfell (1849 – 1906), has managed to surpass all of our… Read more »

The Half-Way Point

The second quarter of 2014 marks the official half-way point in the project. Although there is still lots to do, it would be a good idea to reflect upon the achievements of the ‘Baptist History: Hidden Treasure’ project thus far. The beginning of 2013 can be categorized as the development segment of the Delivery Phase…. Read more »

Eccentric Preachers

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), the charismatic and prolific Baptist author, first published this petite volume in 1879. The Angus holds the 1888 edition, published as part of “Spurgeon’s Shilling Series” and only 12.5cm high. Spurgeon does not see the charge of eccentricity as necessarily a negative one: Now I am free to admit that the word… Read more »

Old-fashioned modernisation: the 19th century binding of Athanasii Magni Alexandrini episcopi, graviss. scriptoris, et sanctiss. martyris, Opera (Basle: 1568)

Many of the books being catalogued as part of the HLF funded project are from Regent’s Park College’s library in its original location at Stepney Green, where the Baptist Academical Institution (as it was known in its first couple of years) was housed from 1810-1856. As the books acquired at this time were intended to… Read more »

Doctor Doctor: The Works of Galen (Basle 1542)

This copy of Galen has had a hard life, but a useful one.  The 2nd century Greek physician is now often mentioned only with respect to his errors (which are glaring, including continuing the theory of humour imbalance and believing that being female was a sort of birth defect), but when his work was reintroduced… Read more »

The Apostate Baptist and the Father of English Hymns

Vindiciæ mentis: An essay of the being and nature of mind: Wherein the distinction of mind and body, the substantiality, personality, and perfection of mind is asserted; and the original of our minds, their present, separate, and future state, is freely enquir’d into, in order to a more certain foundation for the knowledge of God,… Read more »

From the blog

7th October 2015

Escaping to 1896 India…

It’s been a very busy few days here at Regent’s Park College.  All our new students have arrived and there is a much busier,...
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