Located in the very heart of Oxford, opposite the Sheldonian Theatre (see OxShot #10) and next door to the Weston Library, Blackwell’s bookshop is both a wonderful place to get lost in and a treasury of academic knowledge. Founded in 1879, this store has provided generations of students and readers with research material, fantastic novels, accounts of recent and ancient events, and books to be perused at leisure.
Three floors of Blackwell’s are visible from Broad Street, but they do not even suggest the full volume of written works waiting inside. The Norrington Room – the bookshop’s, perhaps, most famous section – is hidden underground, deep below the lawns of Trinity College. Upon its opening in 1966, the Room received a mention in the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the largest single space selling books’. If there is a title you are after, Blackwell’s are likely to have it: hardcover and in paperback, sealed and pristine, or signed and secondhand. However you like it.
‘OxShot’ is our brand new visual essay from Katariina Kottonen (Chance & Physics). Every Monday, get a glimpse of the city’s literary life, and be reminded of its astonishing cultural richness. One take, for your double-take.