Weston Library board game exhibition to run until March



2016-01-22 16:35:20

A cross section of board games from the past 200 years is on display at Weston Library in Oxford.

The exhibition, titled Playing with History, features 22 games dating to between 1800 and 1925.

Each has been chosen based on three educational themes; the royals, the British Empire and war in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Some of the games include Tar of all Weathers, a game based on the British Empire, and Suffragetto – described as “an original and interesting game of skill between suffragettes and policemen.”

All come from a collection of 1,500 games gifted to the library by collector Richard Ballam.

Curator Julie Anne Lambert, librarian of the John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Libraries, comments: “Games are fascinating because they hold a mirror to society.

“Games which aim to teach history are particularly interesting as it is impossible to take an unbiased view of the past or the present, so the images, text and format of the games reveal much about the attitudes and perspectives that were prevalent at the time.”

While the games can’t be played, a digital version of one will be available.

The exhibition runs until March 6.

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