Objects in detailThis website shows in detail all of the exhibits on show at the Bodleian in Oxford and is organised into the same chronological themes, including Frankenstein and Shelley's Last Days. Each exhibit is shown with one or more images, descriptive text, provenance information and references. Where possible, exhibits are also supported by transcripts, podcasts, videos and downloadable resources for teachers.
Image zoomOn each exhibit page you will find a large central image and a thumbnail gallery of additional images where available. Click on the large image to display the zoomed view. You can zoom in and out using the controls at the top left of the screen. When you are zoomed in you can pan (look) around the image by holding your mouse button on the image and dragging in any direction. Please note that these files are quite large so the page may take a moment to load.
This website includes a range of letters, diaries and other manuscripts from the exhibition that have been brought to life in a series of podcasts, read by University of Oxford student actors. You will also find audio introductions to some New York Public Library exhibits by their curator, Elizabeth C. Denlinger and a sample of music played on a guitar contemporary to Shelley's. If there is a podcast available for an exhibit, you will see an image of a pair of headphones next to its image. Simply click on the headphones to play. All podcasts are also available on our podcasts page.
We have also created a series of interactive media to enrich and guide your experience of the exhibition, including an interactive exhibition floorplan, a "who's who" family tree, an exhibition timeline and a Shelley in Oxford walking trail. Perhaps the most exciting is the complete digital copy of Mary Shelley's hand-written draft of Frankenstein, which gives you the ability to turn through the pages, zoom in to see her words in detail and get a rare glimpse into the crafting of one of literature’s most famous works. You can find the Frankenstein draft and all of the other interactive media in one place on the podcasts & media page.
Comments and social mediaWe have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to share your thoughts and experiences of the Shelley's Ghost website. Every exhibit features a comments tab and you can also use the "like", "tweet" and "share" buttons toward the top right of the screen to tell your friends and followers about Shelley's Ghost. Our Twitter hashtag for the exhibition is #shelleysghost.
Introduction from the curator
Stephen Hebron, the curator of Shelley’s Ghost, introduces some of the major objects in the exhibition and gives a fascinating personal insight into the lives of the people it portrays. The video also includes a welcome and acknowledgements from Richard Ovenden, Keeper of Special Collections and Associate Director of the Bodleian Libraries.