Catalogue of the Romanes lectures, University of Oxford, 1986-2015

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Romanes lectures, University of Oxford, 1986-2015

Series of lectures, manuscript, typescript and word-processed

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7027 and 8373, MS. Top. Oxon. c. 827

Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Organizational History

George John Romanes established a fund in 1891 for an annual lecture on any subject, approved by the Vice-Chancellor, relating to science, art or literature.


Given by the University Offices, 1986-2015.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7027, fols. 1-2].

Personal Names (NCA)

Romanes | George John | 1848-1894 | scientist

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

University of Oxford

Subjects (LCSH)

Lectures and lecturing

Descriptive List

Romanes lectures, 1986-1990
Shelfmark: MS. Top. Oxon. c. 827

Extent: 97 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-24) Sir Nicholas Henderson, 'Different Approaches to Foreign Policy', 1986
  • (fols. 25-45) Norman St. John-Stevas, 'The Omnipresence of Walter Bagehot', 1987
  • (fols. 46-72) Hugh Dacre, 'The Lost Moments of History', photocopy of manuscript, 1988
  • (fols. 73-97) Saul Bellow, 'The Distracted Public', 1990

Romanes lectures, 1991-2002
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7027
Note: new lecture added 22.10.02 cep

Extent: i + 305 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-36) Giovanni Agnelli, 'Europe: Many Legacies, One Future', 1991
  • (fols. 37-63) Lord Blake, 'Gladstone, Disraeli and Queen Victoria', with some manuscript additions, 1992
  • (fols. 64-97) Henry Harris, 'Hippolyte's Club Foot. The medical roots of realism in modern European literature', 1993
  • (fols. 98-131) Lord Slynn of Hadley, 'Europe and Human Rights', 1994
  • (fols. 132-40) Sir Walter F. Bodmer, 'The Book of Man', 1995
  • (fols. 141-70) Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, 'The Chancellorship (of Oxford): A Contemporary View with a Little History', 1996
  • (fols. 171-80) Mary Robinson, 'Realising Human Rights: "Take hold of it boldly and duly..." ', 1997
  • (fols. 181-215) Amartya Sen, 'Reason Before Identity', 1998
  • (fols. 216-33) Tony Blair, on the theme of education (no title), 1999
  • (fols. 234-62) William G. Bowen, 'At a Slight Angle to the Universe: The University in a Digitized, Commercialized Age', 2000
  • (fols. 263-76) Neil MacGregor, 'The Perpetual Present. The Ideal of Art for All', Apr. 2002
  • (fols. 277-305) Lord Bingham of Cornhill, 'Personal Freedom and the Dilemma of Democracies', Oct. 2002

Romanes lectures, 2003-2015
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8373
Note: new lectures added 3.8.2015 mbc

Extent: 10 folders

Scope and Content:


  • (item 1; 24 leaves) Sir Paul Nurse, 'The Great Ideas of Biology', 2003
  • (item 2; i, 10 leaves) The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, 'Religious Lives', 2004
  • (item 3; i, 26 leaves) Shirley Tilghman, 'Strange Bedfellows: Science, Politics and Religion', 2005
  • (item 4; 30 leaves) Dame Gillian Beer, 'Darwin and the Consciousness of Others', 2007
  • (item 5; i, 12 leaves ) Professor Muhammad Yunus, 'Poverty-Free World - When? How?', 2008
  • (item 6; 14 leaves) The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, The Prime Minister, 'Science and our Economic Future', 2009
  • (item 7; 18 leaves) Sir Andrew Motion, 'Bonfire of the Humanities: Why the Humanities Matter', 2010
  • (item 8; i, 15 leaves) Professor The Lord Rees of Ludlow, 'The Limits of Science', 2011
  • (item 9; AWAITING TRANSCRIPT) Dr Steven Chu, 'Our Energy and Climate Change - Challenges and Solutions', 2014
  • (item 10; i, 25 leaves) Lord King of Lothbury, 'A Disequilibrium in the World Economy', 2015

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