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Thinking 3D is an interdisciplinary exploration of the concept of three-dimensionality and its impact on the arts and sciences, directed by Daryl Green and Laura Moretti. At the core of the project will be a major exhibition, ‘Thinking 3D – from Leonardo to present’, at the Weston Library from 21 March 2019-9 February 2020, as well as several other satellite exhibitions and events across Oxford during next year.

The main exhibition at the Weston Library will be accompanied by opportunities to engage with schools and the public. The exhibition curators and Bodleian Libraries Education Officer are keen to hear from researchers who might like to be involved by developing learning activities around the themes of the exhibition.

The exhibition is centred on the development of the techniques used to communicate three-dimensional forms, ideas, and observations in two-dimensional media. As reliable 2D representation of 3D objects became more prevalent during the Renaissance, it impacted the development of various disciplines. Architectural, mathematical, and astronomical information became more accessible and structures observed in the natural world could be depicted more realistically. This theme remains of great relevance today, as researchers and designers consider how to communicate 3D forms in traditional media or through more novel methods. While showcasing works by Leonardo da Vinci, the exhibition will touch on developments in astronomy, geometry, architecture and anatomy more widely, and feature the work of Oxford-based academics and practitioners using new methods of three dimensional observation and representation in the 21st century. For more information on the content of the exhibition, please see or contact Daryl Green.

Sessions for schools should ideally relate to items in the exhibition and link to the secondary school curriculum. If you would like to discuss ideas for working with schools, please email Rosie Sharkey by 31 January with your initial thoughts.

Public engagement for adults will focus on a Library Lates event on Wednesday 12 June. This evening event can showcase a range of PER activities including mini talks, demonstrations, hands-on activities and a ‘living library’ of researchers willing to talk informally about their work. Past Lates have attracted around 400 attendees, predominantly adults.

If you are interested in proposing an activity for the Library Lates event, please email Rosie Sharkey by 31 January. The curators and Bodleian staff will then consider the space, budget and range of activities available and be in touch in February to confirm the final line-up.