Research Day: Reconstructing Nicholas Crouch: the library of a seventeenth-century medic

nicholas crouch


Delegates are invited to hear speakers from across academic disciplines discussing research directions for a newly accessible early printed and manuscript collection in Oxford. The Library of Nicholas Crouch (ca. 1618 - ca.1690) at Balliol College was catalogued and conserved thanks to a generous grant from The Wellcome Trust. Read more about the project on the Balliol's Historic Collections blog:


Free event. Numbers limited. Sign-up:

Lunch and refreshments included


10.00-10.30: Registration


10.30-11.40: Session 1: Networks and Connections

(Chaired by Professor Seamus Perry)

•             Professor Adam Smyth: Crouch’s diary and almanacs

•             Dr Will Poole: Crouch and pamphlet collection

•             Dr Jason Scott-Warren: Pricing and splicing with Crouch

•             Dr John-Paul Ghobrial: Beyond Balliol: Crouch’s links to the wider world

•             Nikki Tomkins: The binders behind the books

Questions and discussion


11.40-12.00: Refreshments


12.00-13.10 : Session 2: From Natural Philosophy to Poetry

(Chaired by Dr Peter Elmer)

•             Dr Olivia Smith: Science and experimentation in Nicholas Crouch’s collection

•             Professor Elizabeth Hageman: Nicholas Crouch, Francis Finch, John Freeman, and Katherine Philips at Balliol College: 1653-1664.

•             Dr Benjamin Wardhaugh: ‘Six hundred thousand different Latine Verses’: Nicholas Crouch's mathematics

•             Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle: Nicholas Crouch: Pharmacological receipts and medical book collecting

Questions and discussion


13.10-14.00: Lunch


14.00-15.00: Reconstructing Nicholas Crouch exhibition opening

A chance to see items from Crouch’s Library at Balliol Historic Collections Centre, St Cross Church


For more information email or phone 01865 277709