Monocles!

This exhibition ran from 20 September 2015 until 6 September 2017. It offered a decidedly one-eyed look at history...

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The museum took a decidedly one-eyed look at the world of monocular correction, from the accessory of choice of Hollywood starlets, German generals and eccentric aristocrats to the bearded hipsters of today. Monocles are back on sale and back in fashion - who would have thought it could happen? We attempted to explain why for so long it didn't!

The exhibition was in two parts. The first was located in the College Reception area and was accessible by all visitors. The second part was normally accessible only as part of our Full Building Tours (however, visitors wanting to see just the Monocles! exhibition could enquire of the Curator who would try to arrange access for them).

Follow the Monocles! Trail

Elsewhere in the museum you could look out for monocle-related exhibits including figurines holding monocles. The symbol indicated where there was something of relevance to see.

The College gratefully acknowledges the support in-kind offered to this exhibition by Monocle Madness Ltd and Norville Group.

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