Other items on display include The College’s Debating Society Minute Book from 1903-1913 which shows an early discussion about Great Britain’s colonialism, and a 1743 declaration to bestow “her whole Fortune” by one of the college’s greatest early benefactors, Sarah Holmes, wife of college president Dr William Holmes. Visitors can also view the Thorney Computus, a collection of texts, diagrams and tables about with the reckoning of time and calendars. This was lent by former college president William Laud in 1621 to the best known book collector of the day, Robert Cotton, who only returned it two years later after receiving a letter from Laud imploring him to hand it back. Cotton eventually complied, but only having cut out various sections first (now held by the British Library as is Laud's letter).
The exhibition, curated by College Librarian Dr Petra Hofmann, runs until December 9, 2022. Visitors are welcome to view the exhibition but must email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to arrange a day and time for their visit. The college also has a Special Collections Twitter account at @StJohnsOxLib.