Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

The Oxford Almanack

The Oxford Almanack was first published in 1674 and has been published by the University and its Press continuously since 1676. For those who do not know it the Amanck is a poster printed on fine art paper with each year a specially commissioned view of Oxford, a calendar of dates academic ecclesiastical and national and a list of the principal office holders of the University and colleges. They are traditional and collectible. 

Now the Oxford University Press in its wisdom (sic) wishes to stop producing them.

May I urge readers, if they have not done so already, to sign this open letter to OUP protesting against this decision. The introduction gives more about the history of the Almanack

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