Last October my name was drawn out of the hat! I'd won a competition run by South Oxfordshire Libraries, the prize was a tour for two around the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Below: Blue sky and autumn sunshine flooding into the Divinity School.
Bodleian Library Oxford.The Divinity School.
The Divinity School is where the library tours meet, it's a beautiful room, you're surrounded by the weight of history...and the knowledge that Gandalf walked on that very stone floor.
Bodleian Library, Oxford.Divinity School. Ceiling bosses carved in stone display the coats of arms and insignia of those patrons who donated money to the libraries.
Divinity School, Bodleian Library.Stone Ceiling bosses.
Thank you Libby for this shot of me taking a photo of the Radcliffe Camera. Underneath the library is the largest store of books and manuscripts in the world.
The Radcliffe Camera.Ruth E Morris taking a quick iPhone shot!
Below: Convocation House, formerly a meeting place for the House of Commons during the English Civil War.
Convocation House, Bodleian Library tour.The historical parliament room of Convocation House.
Photography is not allowed in the Duke Humphrey's Library (film location of Hogwarts Library in the Harry Potter movies) but it is possible to arrange photography visits after hours. A trip for the future I think!
Below: A section of the Divinity School. The old halls and buildings of the libraries are breathtaking and well worth a visit if you are in Oxford.
A section of the Divinity SchoolUsed in the Harry Potter films.
The Old Schools Quad.
The Old Schools Building and Quad.Bodleian Library tour, Oxford.
This trip was very special for me, not just because I got to spend my birthday with a great friend, but, I count myself very lucky to have been born in Oxford.
A huge thank you to Dr.Frankie Wilson who organised our tour and gave me a magnificent goodie bag of Bodleian Library souvenirs.
For more information about the Bodleian Libraries.
Watlington Library is a Oxfordshire Community Library, if you are in the area, drop in and say hi to Libby!
Oxfordshire spring reading competition, Oxfordshire Reads, can be entered at your local library in Oxfordshire.
Thank you for reading and good luck!
Ruth is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society has a Diploma in Professional Photography and is a multiple award winning member of the Guild of Photographers.