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Anniversary Sundials

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A sundial engraved with the words About Time celebrates the 30th anniversary of women undergraduates arriving at Balliol, one of Oxford University's oldest colleges.

The anniversary sundial also shows some of the many ways a David Harber piece can be personalised.

The engraving on the base and reflected in the globe won a competition amongst women students at the College for an inscription which captured the spirit of the anniversary sundial.

The base also bears the words: For all women at Balliol: past present and future – to denote that all woman involved at Balliol are part of the celebration, and not only students and academics.

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Personalised engraving on a stainless steel armillary sphere sundial

A time-capsule in the sundial contains names and signatures of current Balliol women – fellows, graduates, undergraduate and staff. There is also a list and signatures of the first 1979 cohort of women undergraduates.

A line on the dial marks the day that the first woman undergraduate entered Balliol and lights up each year on that date – 11th October – thanks to a special notch on the time telling gnomon.

Balliol College was the first of the traditional all-male colleges to elect a woman as a Fellow and Tutor in 1973, with students following six years later.

The anniversary sundial tells the time during the day and doubles as a moon dial on the night of the full moon, and on three or four nights before and after as the moon waxes and wanes. At other times, the moon does not cast enough light.

Univeiling anniversary sundial at Balliol College, Oxford

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