Celtic Appeal

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Celtic language, literature, art and music, from Antiquity to the present day, form a significant part of the cultural heritage of not only Britain and Ireland, but also mainland Europe, the USA, Canada and beyond. From the Book of Kells to the céilidh, and from King Arthur to the National Eisteddfod, Celtic culture has been central to Britain and Ireland since the time of the Romans.

Copyright: Bodleian LibrariesThe University of Oxford has long recognised the importance of Celtic, establishing the Jesus Chair of Celtic in 1877. This became the first Chair of Celtic in the world and is Oxford’s oldest chair in a modern language. Today Oxford is renowned as one of the world’s leading centres for its study, attracting students and scholars from all over the world.

To ensure that its world-leading Celtic scholarship continues both in the short term and for generations to come, the University of Oxford must raise £2.64 million, creating a permanent endowment for the Jesus Chair of Celtic.


Click here to download the appeal brochure for the Jesus Chair of Celtic.

If you would like to support this important appeal, or for more information, please contact Antony Green, Head of Development – Humanities on antony.green@devoff.ox.ac.uk

To give general support to the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, please go to http://www.giving.ox.ac.uk/languages.

“Literature is a chain of influence, voices and perspectives, so it is crucial we protect the earliest links in that chain and don’t allow them to break.”
Owen Sheers, Welsh poet, author and scriptwriter

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