In August there will be two weekend exhibitions at the Oxford Oratory - so if you have a chance to visit the city then they are worth putting in your diary.
The aim is to display some of the curious and rare items in the Oratory collection, as well as the plans for how they should be housed as part of the 'Reaffirmation and Renewal' appeal.
Over the Assumptiontide weekend of August 14th and 15th - that is just after August 11th, Newman's anniversary - the theme will be, predictably, Newman himself. It will be a rare opportunity to see the Venables portrait:
and the Westmacott bust, as well as the more familiar Richmond etching, other portraits of Newman, the manuscript of "Lead Kindly Light", a signed book and picture, and early editions of many of his books and pamphlets including Tract XC. Also on display will be the engravings which have been used in the new edition of "Newman's Oxford".
At the Bank Holiday weekend, 28th-30th August, the display will concentrate on church vestments. Some of the beautifully embroidered vestments used in the Oratory church will be displayed, together with explanations of their origin and meaning.
There will also be a display of brass rubbings showing mediaeval vestments from brasses in Britain and the Continent. It is not generally known that the Oxford Oratory houses what is probably one of the five largest collections of brass rubbings in the world, which will also be housed in the new library and accessible to researchers.