St Edmund Hall Blog
Make Your Own Pi
14 Mar 2020
March 14th is Pi Day, and as of 2020 is also the official UNESCO International Day of Mathematics.
How Should You Remember an Icon? The Story of Sophie Scholl
8 Mar 2020
How do we talk about individuals and groups who resisted Nazism? How do we do justice to the complexity of their lives and actions? Dr Alexandra Lloyd (Fellow by Special Election in German Studies) examines the case of Sophie S…
Britain, Europe, and Politically Convenient Myths
4 Mar 2020
Mikko Lievonen discusses Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community in the 1970s.
From Fertiliser to Fuel
25 Feb 2020
As the world seeks pathways to rapid decarbonisation, an old technology is gaining new attention as a carbon-free fuel. This month the BBC covered a special Royal Society report focused on using “green ammonia” for…
You Shall Not reveal the Secrets of It: The St Edmund Hall Copy of the University Statutes of 1634
19 Feb 2020
A rather guilty pleasure whenever I have to fetch a book from the Old Library is to examine those on either side on the shelf, which is how, when looking for one of the early catalogues of the Old Library last summer, I first c…
12 Feb 2020
How much do you know about how to find things in the library? Do you know your section like the back of your hand? Do you do your browsing in person or on SOLO? Do you stick to your reading list like a baby sloth to a tree or b…
Russian Revolutionary Posters
4 Feb 2020
An explosion of images accompanied the Russian Revolution. Posters were an important feature of the historical landscape: over 3,600 posters were designed and printed in millions of copies between 1918 and 1921, the period of C…
A History of Teddy Hall Silver
29 Jan 2020
During John Mill’s principalship, students were encouraged to leave to the Hall either a book for the library or an item of silver.
The 21st Century Global Economy
22 Jan 2020
The world changed dramatically in the latter part of the 20th century. The conclusion of the Cold War at the end of the 1980s heralded a period of not only profound political but also economic change.
12 Days of Christmas Puzzles
2 Jan 2020
Over the Christmas period we ran a Christmas puzzle challenge on our social media channels. Due to their popularity, we have compiled them all here and provided more for everyone to try in case you missed the posts.
Johannes Kepler on Snowflakes or what to give someone who has everything
4 Dec 2019
As Christmas approaches I find myself again, as every year, wondering rather desperately what to give friends and family. This is also the dilemma that led to the writing of one of the rarest examples of early scientific writin…
How does disorder affect Quantum Systems?
27 Nov 2019
In this blog, Isabel Creed discusses the basic principles behind her research into how disorder affects Quantum Mechanical systems.
Triptych – our connection to the medieval Hall
20 Nov 2019
The college is fortunate to own a late medieval triptych which, after a number of years hidden from view, has returned to permanent display in the Ante-Chapel. The triptych originates from the southern Netherlands and dates fro…
King Arthur & St Edmund: An Exhibition Summary
5 Nov 2019
Partly for the challenge. One of the fun things about putting together a display of books in the Old Library is thinking of ways that different books, and their illustrations, bindings, annotations and previous owners illustrat…
The History of the Earth at an Arms Length
30 Oct 2019
I study the origin of complex life. I want to understand why it took so long to go from simple single cell organisms, such as amoebas and algae, to things like multicellular organisms like plants and animals. I do this by exami…
St Edmund of Abingdon and the Origins of the Medieval Hall
22 Oct 2019
Dr Emily Winkler on the naming and the origins of St Edmund Hall.
Charity begins at home
14 Oct 2019
Rob Petre, College Archivist at St Edmund Hall delves into life into the oldest record at the Hall.
An introduction to research in Computational Complexity Theory
26 Jun 2019
Professor of Computer Science and Senior Research Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Leslie Ann Goldberg introduces computational complexity theory.
‘Long live freedom!’ – Student Resistance against the Nazis
19 Jun 2019
German tutor Dr Alexandra Lloyd discusses the White Rose, a group of students and their professor who defied the Nazis.
The Art of Ballet: The Peter Farmer Collection at Teddy Hall
12 Jun 2019
Professor Jonathan Yates, our Picture and Chattels Fellow, discusses the College’s collection of works by esteemed ballet and set designer, Peter Farmer.
'Neat and commodious': Some views of Teddy Hall and Oxford
5 Jun 2019
Librarian James Howarth discusses some of the images of St Edmund Hall and University from the College’s collection
"Pusey's Henchman": a Tractarian at the Hall
29 May 2019
Archivist Rob Petre discusses Henry Parry Liddon’s time as Vice Principal of the Hall from 1859 to 1862.
I Guess the Rains Down in Africa
21 May 2019
Stipendiary Lecturer in Physical Geography Callum Munday discusses Toto, droughts and how we can better predict the future of rainfall in Africa.
No book rest for the wicked
15 May 2019
What happens when a group of teenagers are let loose with 17th century books?
Mammals During the Extinction of Dinosaurs
8 May 2019
Professor and Tutor in Earth Sciences, Roger Benson discusses mammals and their jaws during the extinction of the dinosaurs
The Morris Window
30 Apr 2019
Professor Jonathan Yates, our Picture and Chattels Fellow, discusses one of Oxford’s ‘hidden gems’ – the ‘Morris Window’ situated in the College’s chapel.
24 Apr 2019
English tutor, Professor Mark Williams discusses magical transformations in the Celtic ‘Four Branches of the Mabinogi’ and the problematic conflict between God’s powers and those of fictional enchanters.
Why the oohs and ahhs?
16 Apr 2019
Luminous coffee stain or momentous achievement? Professor Jeff Tseng weighs up the significance of the first picture of a black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope that was all over last week’s news.
The First Lady and the Library: Eleanor Roosevelt and St Edmund Hall
9 Apr 2019
Learn about Eleanor Roosevelt’s visit to the Hall sixty years ago, plus James Howarth guides us through some American-related items in our library collection.
A Medieval Mystery Cycle for Oxford at St Edmund Hall
28 Mar 2019
Professor Henrike Lähnemann explains the popular tradition of mystery plays in the Middle Ages, and invites you to see a modern-day version performed at the College.