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Queen Mary and the Bodleian Extension

    Naturevolume 140page15 (1937) | Download Citation



    QUEEN MARY was given a warm and affectionate welcome when, on June 25, in royal weather, she visited Oxford to lay the foundation-stone of the great Bodleian extension to be erected in Broad Street opposite the Clarendon Building. A special Convocation of members of the University was held in the Sheldonian Theatre to which the public were admitted without ticket, and which was so filled in every part that although no one was turned away, twenty more could not have been accommodated in comfort. There an'address of thanks was presented to Queen Mary by the Chancellor, Lord Halifax, and the Vice-Chancellor, the Master of Balliol. They spoke of how proud Oxford is of its ancient, Bodleian library, and how urgent it is for the work now being done in all branches of teaching and research that it should be properly maintained and extended. The Queen then crossed Broad Street to a stand raised above the enormous hole in the ground which is at present the site. There was assembled another large party representative of Oxford life, academic and civic, and of those entrusted with the erection of the building, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect, was present. The Queen then laid the foundation-stone on which the following words have been inscribed:

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