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Revolution : the First Bolshevik Year

Revolution : the First Bolshevik Year

This exhibition looks at the events of the October Revolution and the year that followed, using a wide range of material from the University Library’s collections to illustrate the dramatic 1917-1918 timeline. Manuscripts, maps, music, and ephemera will feature alongside books.

Launched in November 2017, the month in which the Gregorian calendar anniversary of the revolution falls, the exhibition will grow over the course of the 2017-2018 year and will include many images of resources never previously exhibited. Each month, a group of images which relate to specific events from 100 years before will be added to the site. The exhibition will also include items which demonstrate the enormous impact of the revolution and the civil war on the arts.

Undergraduates from across the University will share in the curatorial work. Each student will research a specific item and provide a caption exploring the item’s connection to the theme of the October Revolution.

The exhibition is arranged by date order, with the first groups (called “themes”) using paired months to reflect the continued use of the Julian calendar in the former Russian Empire until February 1918. Each group of items can be accessed by clicking on the square thumbnails in the row above. Full images of the exhibits can be viewed by clicking on the large square thumbnails at the foot of each page. Some exhibits have extended captions which can be seen by clicking on “Extended captions” at the end of the base caption.