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North Sea Crossings: talk with exhibition curators Dr Sjoerd Levelt and Prof Ad Putter

We will continue our autumn events season with a lecture by Dr Sjoerd Levelt, Senior Research Associate and Prof Ad Putter, Professor of Medieval English at the University of Bristol. They were the curators of the exhibition North Sea Crossings at the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University, which ran from 3 December 2021 – 18 April 2022.

The exhibition and accompanying publication told the story of Anglo-Dutch exchanges through beautiful medieval manuscripts, early prints, maps, animal stories and other treasures from the Bodleian’s collections.

Taking inspiration from these objects, Dr Levelt and Prof. Putter will take us on a journey across the North Sea, the highway that has connected Britain with its Dutch neighbours, a mere 33 kilometres away at its closest point, for hundreds of years.

Focusing on the period from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the exhibition explored how exchanges between England and the Netherlands have shaped literature, book production and institutions such as the Bodleian itself, on either side of the North Sea. It also told the story of a very crafty Dutch visitor, Reynard the Fox.

In the aftermath of Britain’s exit from the European Union, this exhibition on the long history of Anglo-Dutch relations has much to tell us about the benefits of international collaboration today.

Doors open: 6.30pm

Talk begins: 7pm

End of talk: 8.30pm

Event closes: 9pm

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  • September 28, 2022
  • Wednesday, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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North Sea Crossings: talk with exhibition curators Dr Sjoerd Levelt and Prof Ad Putter

Wednesday, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
September 28, 2022


Joelle Steijnis

I'm excited to be part of the Dutch Centre team! I'm an Event Coordinator with a passion for bringing people together through cultural experiences. In my current role at the Dutch Centre, I manage all communication for our cultural events.
This includes creating content for the website, social media, and newsletters, as well as recruiting and training volunteers to help out at the events. As a Sponsorship and Raffle Donations coordinator I'm also actively involved in organizing the annual Dutch King's Day celebration in London. Prior to joining the Dutch Centre, I have over 10 years of experience in event management, marketing, and communications. I've worked with a variety of organizations, from the Netherlands Film Festival to the Nederlandse Reisopera. In all my roles, I've thrived on creating successful events and using communication to connect with audiences.


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