BETH Conference 2019 Day 4: Regent’s Park College & Angus Library

Regent’s Park College

Today delegates to the BETH Conference were able to visit the library at Regent’s Park College, a permanent private hall of the University of Oxford. The pictures below are of the theology and church history sections in the library.

Angus Library and Archive

Within Regent’s Park College is housed the Angus Library and Archive, which holds over 100,000 books and other items in its collection. These consist of the papers of leading Baptist figures from the 18h Century to today, the archive of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS), as well as historic Baptist church records and minute books. The librarian was kind enough to put out on display some of the more unusual items from the collection, including a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), the diaries of the pioneering female medical missionary Dr Ellen Farrer, one of William Carey’s Journals, a Tyndale New Testament, a first edition of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and a necklace made from leopard’s teeth!

BETH Conference 2019 Day 3: Pusey House Library

Pusey House Oxford
Pusey House Oxford

Pusey House was opened in 1884 and is named in memory of Professor Edward Bouverie Pusey, one of the leading members of the Oxford Movement. Pusey bought books that were not in the Bodleian Library. This collection was considered to be very important and so formed the initial library at Pusey House. By all accounts the modern library is a very pleasant place to study.

BETH Conference 2019 Day One: Wycliffe Hall Library, Oxford

Wycliffe Hall Sign

Day One of the BETH (Bibliothèques Européennes de Théologie) Conference in Oxford concluded with a tour of the Wycliffe Hall Library, which is hosting the event.

Wycliffe Hall is a permanent private hall of the University of Oxford which has about 150 students each year. Its library contains around 30,000 books suitable for students up to graduate level and is one of the largest theological libraries in the University.

Wycliffe Hall Library
Wycliffe Hall Library
One of the main reading rooms
One of the main reading rooms
Theological Journals
Theological Journals
Theological Journals
Theological Journals

The library now subscribes to only 5 print journals (the rest being electronic subscriptions), but its legacy collection of older print journals is impressive.