Photographer's Note

My last picture was of the ancient refectory at Balliol College, Oxford and at the time it was built (and for many years after) Balliol College only admitted male undergraduates. But times change and, in 1979, the first women undergraduates were admitted to Balliol.

In the quadrangle of Balliol College stands this sundial which, interestingly, also acts as a "moon-dial" at the time of the full moon and for three or four days either side of that time.

This fascinating sundial was unveiled in December, 2009 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of women undergraduates arriving at Balliol, one of Oxford University's oldest colleges. The very apt engraving About Time - on the base of the sundial - won a competition amongst women students at the College for an inscription which captured the spirit of what it was all about.

Interestingly, a line on the dial that marks the day that the first woman undergraduate entered Balliol lights up each year on that date – 11th October – thanks to a special notch on the time telling gnomon. You can see that notch in the gnomon at top left of this picture and you can also see the walls of Balliol College (as well as some visitors) reflected in the shiny globe.

In the workshop I have added another view of Balliol College reflected in the shiny sphere of this sundial.

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