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Record numbers line up to view Bodleian’s collection of classics
2:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
THE Bodleian Library is celebrating after it was confirmed that its latest exhibition has enticed more visitors through the door than any previous show.
Almost 70,000 people have been to see the Magical Books – From the Middle Ages to Middle-Earth display since its opening in May.
With two months still left to run, it has jumped ahead of last year’s Dickens and His World, which brought in 59,000 people by the end of its five-month exhibition.
By last week, 68, 816 people had been for a viewing.
Curator Judith Priestman said she was hoping by October that 90,000 people will have attended.
And she thinks JK Rowling’s illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will be a big draw when it returns for the last two weeks.
Dr Priestman said: “The Harry Potter book got us a lot of visitors when it was here at the beginning.
“The reaction has been very, very positive. Everybody has loved it and the thing that is good is that it appeals to a wide range of ages.
“It interests children but it is still academically-friendly.”
The exhibition runs until Sunday, October 27.