The  Radcliffle Camera is a building of Oxford University, designed by James Gibbs in neo-classical style and built in 1737–49 to house the Radcliffe Science Library.

We visited the Ashmolian Museum again as it is such a special place and huge so it will take many visits to experience it all. In particular Mike wants to photograph the Alfred jewel. It is a piece of Anglo-Saxon goldsmithing work made of enamel and quartz enclosed in gold. It was discovered in 1693 and has been dated to the late 9th century in the reign of Alfred the Great. The display of contemporary stump work embroideries were quite facinating and something we have never seen before.

We also visited the ‘Treasures of the Weston Library’ again. Its treasures have changed since last time we visited and we enjoyed the variey of special books. There was a lovely display of botanical and zoological drawings, the Magna Carta, as well as Rosa angelicana, a beautiful illuminated manuscript. The display of ‘Paint by Numbers’ by Ferdinand Bauer was especially amazing. He would go into the field and make fantastic pencil drawing of plants and animals carefully numbering the pictures to donate the colour. On retruning to his workshop he would then produce the finished drawing using his colour system.

We also visited the Universirty Church of St Mary the Virgin which had some amazing stained glass windows and St Michael at the North Gate. St Michael’s has a fantastic gilded reredos with St Frideswide the patron saint of Oxford. St Frideswide was an English princess and the first abbess of the Oxford double monastery. She is also one of  the princesses, Mike and I researched last year for Westminster Abbey.