"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

22 February 2017


“Percy Manning was very interested in collecting disappearing ways of life and customs, and objects that were going out of use,” said curator of the display, Michael Heaney, a former staff member of the Bodleian Libraries. “The display features prints, drawings, photographs, sketches, plans, brass rubbings and documentary material on the people and places of the county ranging from the halls of academia to rural communities.  He pursued this kind of ‘rescue archaeology’ before it became popular and his collections provide unique insights into social history and everyday life. Manning collected items from more than 400 localities in the county; I doubt there's a community in Oxfordshire not represented in his collections.”


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