Past Exhibits

  • Eleanor Harvey christens the SS William & Mary victory ship, 1945

    100 Years of Women at William & Mary

    August 20, 2018 to July 1, 2019

    Justly Belongs serves to commemorate William & Mary women and acknowledge the one hundred-year journey of making William & Mary their home.

  • Illustration of the word "type"

    Printing from the Fifteenth Century to Today

    November 16, 2017 to June 30, 2019

    In our digital age, it is sometimes easy to forget about the importance of printing in human history, particularly as many people now almost never hold a physical newspaper or book in their hands.

  • Circle divided into quadrants with illustrations for each season

    Selected Cookbooks from Swem Library's Special Collections

    July 18, 2017 to June 16, 2019

    Broadly centered on the theme of seasonality, this exhibit draws on a collection of cookbooks and recipe books housed in Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center to explore what individuals and communities ate, how they labored, and how they coped with centuries of changes in availability and access to foods.

  • Meeting an old friend photo in Kitayama Japan by Hayley Snowden
    April 17, 2019 to May 21, 2019

    Students who studied abroad in the 2017-2018 academic year submitted hundreds of photos from their international experiences from all over the world.

  • May 11, 2018 to April 14, 2019

    Joint-appointed in Anthropology, Economics, English, Dance, Theatre, and History, Africana Studies’ core faculty professors’ interdisciplinary scholarship covers a diverse array of topics.

  • World War I in the Everyday

    March 16, 2018 to March 3, 2019

    The Great War, also known as World War I (WWI) — or the World War to those hopeful that it would be the only one — affected almost every continent and impacted millions of individuals.

  • The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 10, 2019 to February 5, 2019

    Community activists honor the ambition of the civil rights movement by engaging in volunteer service and joining in solidarity with marginalized peoples, continuing to make King’s dream a reality—at William & Mary, in Virginia, and across the globe.

  • Cover Art for The Night Before Christmas, 1904

    The Nancy H. Marshall "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Collection of Clement Clark Moore's Immortal Poem

    December 4, 2018 to January 6, 2019

    Lively and fascinating, and a bit different from our modern conceptions, the illustrations in this exhibit highlight the figure’s transformation from a mischievous little imp to the jolly, bearded Santa we know today.

  • Image of nurse from Photo Album of Clara Lawrence

    Honoring All Who Served

    November 5, 2018 to December 2, 2018

    Veterans Day celebrates all those who served in the armed forces on November 11 each year. Accounts of their service on display describe not the combat bravery glorified in our society, but daily life during wartime: the monotony of watch duty, letters to loved ones seeking a connection to life at home, and photographs of people met and places visited.

  • May 11, 2017 to July 31, 2018

    This exhibit showcases William & Mary’s diverse athletic spaces and the use our athletes make of them. Selected photographs, artifacts, and publications from the University Archives illustrates this initial desire to promote "healthful and recreative physical activities," which over time developed into the modern, collegiate athletics program William & Mary knows today.