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Oxford Open Doors 10-11 September 2011 www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk

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Oxford Preservation Trust welcomes you to Oxford Open Doors 2011

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weekend when we celebrate Oxford and all that makes it special – its places, spaces and most of all its people. With more varied venues and events than ever before, including the city’s sporting heritage, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and it’s all free. I would like to thank our partner Oxford University and all our sponsors, venues, guides and volunteers who not only make the weekend possible but such a great success.

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Debbie Dance, Director, Oxford Preservation Trust

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am very pleased that many University-owned facilities - such as our libraries, museums and collections, as well as a number of the Oxford Colleges will again be opening their doors to the local community and visiting public. I am delighted that Oxford Open Doors is now the third largest Heritage Open Day event in the country.

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Ewan Mckendrick, Registrar, University of Oxford

Front cover image Greg Smolonski/Photovibe




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How to use Oxford Open Doors Access

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ll access and activities listed here are completely free of charge. Some venues are offering refreshments, for which there may be a charge. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Disabled access is indicated ‘D’ where applicable. (Please contact Oxford Open Doors or the venue directly if you have a query regarding disabled access.) FA D

- Look out for these great Family Activities - Disabled access

Booking Some events must be pre-booked owing to their limited capacity. To book a place please ring the telephone number listed or follow the instructions to book online on our website or as indicated. NB Telephone booking lines will be open: 22 August – 9 September, 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holiday). Online booking will be available from 22 August - 12 noon on 9 September via our website or as indicated. No bookings can be taken before or after these dates. We can not accept bookings for large organised groups.

Website - www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk Our website contains all the information in this brochure and more! The site will be updated regularly with new venues & activities. Do not forget to check for updates and any changes to the programme.

Transport Most of the venues/activities are easily accessible by public transport.

NB Members of the public visit the venues taking part in ‘Oxford Open Doors 2011’ on these dates at their own risk. While details are printed in good faith, please be aware that there could be changes to the programme beyond the organiser’s control. Please let us know what you thought of Oxford Open Doors 2011 info@oxfordpreservation.org.uk






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Oxford’s Sporting Heritage

I am delighted that Oxford Open Doors are making sport and the build up to the 2012 London Olympics one of their key themes this year. This weekend will be the inaugural event for Oxfordshire’s programme to take advantage of 2012 and I recommend everyone to get involved.

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Our special theme in 2011 is a celebration of Oxford’s Sporting History and Excellence as we look forward to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mike Walker Chairman Oxfordshire Sports Partnership (see www.oxfordshiregameon.com) 1 Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St. Saturday 10th,10am-6pm. The Original Olympics: Family Gallery Trail. Did you know the Olympics started with the Ancient Greeks? Come to the museum to seek out discus throwers, athletes, javelins and more with our super sporty museum trail today. Collect from Information Desk. D FA 2 Bodleian Library, Broad St, Sunday 11th,11am-5pm. Small display in the Proscholium on the theme of the Olympics as part of the Bodleian Library’s celebration of Oxford Open Doors. 3 Cherwell Boat House, 50 Bardwell Rd, Friday 9th, 10am-2pm. A celebration of the art of punting at this authentic working Edwardian boat house and long-established fine dining restaurant on the River Cherwell. Test your punting skills with a free half hour trial. Also exhibition on history of punting, fun facts & quiz. Tea hut, bar & café. Corpus Christi Barge, Meadow Lane, Donnington Bridge. Saturday 10th, 11am-6pm. Former college barge used





as changing rooms and ‘grandstands’ for the boat races. Exhibition and information by Oxford College Barges Preservation Trust. 4 Elmer Cotton, 18-19 Turl St. (window display only). Look inside the window to see some of the fascinating sporting ‘treasures’ collected over the years by Oxford’s oldest sports shop. Hinksey Sculling School, Hinksey Lakes, Hinksey Park, OX1 4RP. Saturday 10th, 11am-2pm. Come along to this friendly rowing club at the small lake (and big lake) and have a go at sculling or indoor rowing. Find out about this very traditional city sport. Juniors only. (under 18yrs). D 5 Museum of Oxford, St Aldates. Tuesday 6th & Thursday 8th September, 2pm. Oxford’s Sporting Heritage reminiscence workshop – slide show and memories and anecdote sharing of a range of much-loved city sports. Sessions will be recorded. Tea & coffee. Booking essential 01865 252795. D


OXFORD’S SPORTING HERITAGE

OXFORD CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

OXFORD UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB






Falcon Rowing & Canoeing Club off Donnington Bridge Road OX4 4BU. Open Canoeing Taster Sessions (60mins) Saturday 10th,10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm & 3pm learn to open canoe on the river at one of the oldest clubs on the Thames. Suitable for adults and children 10+ able to swim 50 metres. Booking essential email smccarroll@brookes.ac.uk. Oxford City Football Club, Marsh Lane, Marston OX3 0NQ. Sunday 11th,1– 6pm. The oldest football club in Oxford celebrates its 130th season. Drop in and see displays of photographs and memorabilia from 1882 from White House Ground in Grandpont to current stadium in Marston. See the new facilities being developed including netball courts. Our welcoming Clubhouse will be open or feel free to picnic in the stadium or adjacent training pitches. Plenty of easy parking is available. For more details call 07817 885396.

6 Oxford Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre, St Ebbe’s, Saturday 10th, 2.30pm. Deaf Sports Heritage with local deaf people celebrating a long tradition of sporting participation and excellence by deaf people. Oxford Fencing Club, Town Hall, St Aldate’s. Sunday 11th,1-3pm. Members of the club will be demonstrating and answering questions on this fine sport with a long history. D Oxford School of Gymnastics, Town Hall, St Aldate’s. Sunday 11th, 1.30-4pm. Displays at 2.15pm & 3.15pm, workshops at 2.30pm & 3.30pm. Elite gymnasts including European and World medal winners will be demonstrating the spectacular sport of acrobatic gymnastics, (made famous by Spellbound the winners of 2010 Britain’s Got Talent!) Budding gymnasts of any age and experience will have the chance to have a go. Sportswear please. Oxford’s Sporting Heritage, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Saturday 10th, 11am-5pm, Sunday 11th, 10.30am4pm. Mini-exhibition by local young people and adult learners in association with Oxford Preservation Trust and Museum of Oxford. D Oxford United Football Club, Kassam Stadium,Grenoble Rd,OX4 4XP. Sunday 11th.Tours at 10am, 12noon and 2pm.Visit the home of League 2 club Oxford United. See behind the scenes at the stadium including the boardroom, director’s box and dressing rooms., Booking essential 01865 251022. D

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7 Oxford University Cricket Pavilion, University Parks. Saturday 10th, 12.30-2.30pm. Take a look inside this


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THE FACULTY OF HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES, OBU Victorian pavilion built in 1881 to a design by T G Jackson. The cricket ground is one of the most attractive in the country. D (steps) Oxford University Rugby Club, Iffley Road. Saturday 10th, 3-5pm. Contains fascinating reminders of the long and illustrious history of OURFC one of the world’s leading and most renowned amateur rugby clubs and some of the great sportsmen and colourful characters associated with it. 8 Real Tennis Court, Merton College, Merton St, Saturday 10th 11am-3pm. Demonstrations of the sport in action with descriptions on the hour of how to play this fascinating game, the ancestor of modern tennis, and the second oldest court in the world. D Roger Bannister Running Track, Oxford University Sports Club, Iffley Road, OX4 1EQ. Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th, 12noon-4pm. See the 400metres athletics running track where Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile on 6 May 1954. Climb the steps to gallery in stand

to see memorabilia and displays relating to this great sporting achievement. D (steps) 9 Pembroke College, Pembroke Square, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th, 10am3.30pm. See a collection of memorabilia and trophies of Sir Roger Bannister who was Master here from 1985-1993. 10 Somerville College, Woodstock Rd, Sunday 11th, 10am-4pm. Exhibition of archival photographs around a sporting theme. 11 Stelios Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Saturday 10th, 2-5pm. Exhibition on Olympics Ancient and Modern – The Olympic Legacy. D, FA 12 Walters of Oxford, 10 Turl St. (window display only). Look inside the window of this shop established over 150 years and well known for menswear and academic/ceremonial clothing to see examples of Oxford ‘blues’, rowing and other sports clothes worn by Oxford University’s finest sports men and women.






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Centre for Sport Open Day, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences Open Day, Gipsy Lane (main entrance) OX3 0BP. 10am-4pm

Health suite, 9am-5pm. Free for current non-members (16+) to try out with experts on hand to help with any queries. Rock Solid Climbing Wall, 10am-1pm, 2-5pm. Taster sessions (30mins) at Oxfordshire’s premier climbing wall with 2 bouldering rooms, bottom rope wall and 11m leading tower. Open to all run by experienced instructors. Booking essential email climb@brookes.ac.uk Racketball,10am-1pm Booking essential email amanda.robinson@ englandsquashandracketball.com. Also come and watch Basketball & Hockey fixtures throughout the day. Westminster Sport Centre Open Day, Harcourt Hill Campus Botley OX2 9AT. 10.30am-4pm. Free use of all sports facilities to current non-members. Swimming pool (children under 8 supervised, under 5 supervised 1:1), golf greens & fitness suite (16+). First come first served. For full details see: www.brookes.ac.uk/lifesci/opendoors

Food & Exercise: the building blocks of an Olympian. Come and see how food and exercise are essential ingredients in the development of world class athletes. Find your own inner Olympian – learn how these ingredients can help to improve your own exercise performance whatever your level. Interactive sessions with Nutrition and Sports Scientists. Measure your walking via our Datagait with the Movement Science Group. OBU has developed an accurate portable gait monitor. Physiotherapy in Sport: an Interactive Experience. See how well you score labelling the skeleton, try out rehab exercises targeting common sporting injuries, find out how to strap up sporting injuries and take part in a Paralympics quiz. Come and ask the experts. Oxford Brookes University Babylab, 10am-1pm. See what goes on at the Babylab where they study how babies and toddlers learn about the world around them in particular how language affects the way in which babies group objects together, and how babies understand emotions.

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Oxford Brookes University, Special Sports & Sports Science Open Weekend


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Wednesday 7th September The Oxford Times, Newspaper House, Osney Mead, OX2 0EJ, 7pm. See for yourself how The Oxford Times is made! Witness the final production stages, from the images leaving the sub-editor’s screen to the pages coming off the press. The visit will include a tour of Newsquest Oxford’s stateof-the-art press facility. Booking essential 01865 251022. D

Thursday 8th September 13 Museum of History of Science, Broad Street. Tours 2.15pm & 3pm. Unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments and the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building (1683). First come, first served. Just turn up. D 14 First Church of Christ Scientist, 36A St Giles, 12-3pm. Reading Room & Garden. Bring your lunch and sit in our pretty garden. D

Friday 9th September 3 Cherwell Boat House, 50 Bardwell Rd, 10am-2pm. A celebration of the art of punting at this authentic working Edwardian boat house and long-established fine dining restaurant on the River Cherwell. Test your punting skills with a free half hour trial. Also exhibition on history of punting, fun facts & quiz. Tea hut, bar & café. 14 First Church of Christ Scientist, 36A St Giles, 12-3pm. Reading Room & Garden. Bring your lunch and sit in our pretty garden. D Oxford City Council, City Works, Marsh Rd, OX4 2HH. Tours 10am & 1pm. Come and see what is involved in

the day-to-day running of waste-recycling, operations, street cleansing and other services which keep our city clean & tidy. Booking essential 01865 251022. D 15 Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St, 10am & 3pm, backstage tours. Talk 4pm, Michelle Dickson, Theatre Director, ‘History of the theatre programming shows and future plans’. 6pm Talk, Theatre Technician, ‘Backstage at the theatre’. Booking essential 01865 305305. 16 Saïd Business School, Frideswide Square. Tour 12noon of this iconic modern building & gardens. Information on archaeology of site (Rewley Abbey) and architecture. First come, first served. D 17 St Thomas House (GBS Architects) 6 Becket St. Tours 10am,12 noon & 2pm of this charming former Rectory to St Thomas���s Church and modern architecture practice. Booking essential 01865 251022. 18 University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane. Tour 2pm. A special behindthe-scenes tour of Britain’s oldest botanic garden. Booking required, 01865 286690. D

Saturday 10th September 1 Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, 12-4pm. Behind the scenes in the new Egyptian Galleries - a sneak preview of the layout of the galleries designed by Rick Mather Architects. Meet the highly skilled team from the Ashmolean and Beard Construction to learn more about this second phase of major redevelopment for the redisplay of the world-renowned Egyptian Collections. The Original Olympics: Family Gallery Trail. Come to the museum to do our super sporty museum trail today. Collect trail from Information Desk during opening hours 10.00am – 6.00pm D, FA

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19 Balliol Historic Collections Centre at St Cross Church, St Cross Rd,124pm. One of the oldest buildings in the city of Oxford (chancel from 1180) now restored to house Balliol archives, its medieval manuscript treasures and rich modern paper collections. See display boards, leaflet for self-guided tour, staff on hand to answer your questions. D Partial – step at west door. Barracks Lane Community Garden Project, Barracks Lane, OX4, 11am5pm. A wonderful peaceful place to spend time and relax. Flower & vegetable beds, paved & grassed areas for weekend sunbathing or reading a book. Bring your family, friends and picnic! D, FA 20 Bate Collection, St Aldate’s, 10am-2pm. One of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world with over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance to modern times. More than a thousand instruments on display, D

Central Oxford Mosque, Manzil Way (off Cowley Road), OX4 1DJ 12-5pm. Discover more about Islam and its history. Rooms on show & display. D 22 Christ Church Open Day, St Aldates, 10am-5pm. (Enter by meadow gate.) A wonderful opportunity to visit this famous Oxford institution: Cathedral, College, gardens, Tom quad, Wolsey’s Great Hall, picture gallery and upper library. Various events and activities including an opportunity to participate in a singalong to your favourite hymns with the Cathedral singers choir. Visitors are particularly welcome to stay on for Choral Evensong at 5pm. Refreshments are available throughout the day. See: www. chch.ox.ac.uk and follow the links to ‘Open Day.’ D

Bartlemas Chapel, lane alongside 271 Cowley Rd, OX4 2AJ, 10am-6pm. One of Oxford’s hidden gems, this 14th century Chapel was originally part of the earlier St Bartholomew’s leper hospital. (No car access up the lane.) D 21 Carfax Tower, Carfax, 10am-5.30pm. City Sightseeing Oxford invite you to climb this much loved city centre landmark for wonderful views over the city. The tower is all that remains of the 13th century Church of St Martin the former city church demolished in 1896 to make way for more traffic. No disabled access to tower. MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

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EASTWYKE HOUSE Commonwealth War Graves, Botley Cemetery, North Hinksey Lane OX2 9SG. 10am-4pm. Self-guided tours, with information provided on the history of the cemeter y and the War Graves Commission. D Corpus Christi Barge, Meadow Lane, Donnington Bridge, 11am-6pm. Former college barge, now an enchanting houseboat with exhibition and information. 23 Eagle Works,Walton Well Rd, 10am4pm. Enjoy the canal side piazza, part of this new development on the site of Lucy’s foundry. (Some steep slopes without handrails.) D

Eastwyke House at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Abingdon Road OX1 4PS. Tours 11am, 12 noon, 2 & 3pm. A landmark since 1511 this former farmhouse has been lovingly restored and converted into 10 bespoke bedrooms. Find out which king once took refuge here and see the transformation of this magnificent building. Prize draw! Booking is essential 01865 251022. (steps) 24 Faculty of History, Old Boys’ High School, George St. Tours 9am-12noon. Tours of the history faculty in the former Oxford Boys’ High School, built to a design by T G Jackson, of which the most famous student was T E Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia). Tours on hour & half, booking essential 01865 251022. D

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25 Fire Station, Rewley Rd, 10am3.30pm. Bring the children to see fire engines and find out what happens at the station. D, FA 14 First Church of Christ Scientist, 36A St Giles’ 10am-4pm. Visit Church, Garden and Reading Room. Sunday school room upstairs. Information sheet and guides to answer questions. People are welcome to sit in garden and eat their lunch. D

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26 Florey Building (Queens College, St Clements) Tour 2.30pm led by Bruce Cockburn of Berman Guedes Stretton Architects. The building was completed in 1971 by James Stirling and Partners and is Grade II listed. It is one of the most significant works of one of the country’s leading postwar architects, and is characteristic of his style. Booking essential 01865 251022. D 27 Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Rd, 2-5pm. Visit the College grounds and fine 18th century Observatory (NB not tower) which offers fine views of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter from the College Common Room. Also guided garden tour tbc. D (partial to college buildings) Helen & Douglas House, 14A Magdalen Road, OX4 4NU, 10am-4pm. Annual open day. A wonderful opportunity to find out more about their work and look around both houses. Variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained & refreshments. D, FA

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28 Holywell Cemetery, St Cross Rd (behind St Cross Church), 12pm4pm. Guided tours of this cemetery to see the graves of many famous and interesting Oxford people – including Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, as well as


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the flora and fauna of this beautiful wildlife preserve. Children’s activities. D, FA 29 Holywell Manor, Manor Rd, 124pm Visit the wonderful gardens of this 16th farmhouse now Balliol College’s Graduate Centre. D 30 Inner Space, 21 Broad St, 10am6pm. Meditation centre in historic building. Access to meditation, reading space, quiet room & workshop rooms. Taster meditations on ipods for adults & children. 31 Jam Factory, 27 Park End St, 10.30am-6pm. Formerly Frank Cooper’s Marmalade Factory, now a restaurant/café/ gallery. Display on the history of the building, chance to see some of the original features.

Art exhibition in gallery. Special ‘Jam Factory’ teas served. Restaurant 12-3pm. Entrance in Hollybush Row. Children welcome. D 32 Jesus College, Turl Street, 12 noon4pm. Visit the quad, chapel and dining hall of this charming Tudor College where ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was an undergraduate. D 33 Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Rd. 10am-4pm. Oxford’s newest college where the Victorian gothic mingles with their dramatic 21st century extension. Leaflet. D The Kilns, Lewis Close, Headington, OX33 8JD. 10am-4pm. The gardens and the library only. Home of CS Lewis the author of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.

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MAGDALEN COLLEGE 34 LMS Swingbridge, Rewley Road, 10am – 4pm. Come and hear about OPT’s exciting restoration plans for this unique and nationally important (c.1851) hand-turned railway swing bridge. Join us and find out how to get involved in this conservation project. 35 Magdalen College, High St, 12-7pm (last entry 6.30pm). Visit the magnificent gardens, Deer Park, Addison Walk (riverside walk), Chapel and Hall of this famous Oxford College founded in 1458. (Old Kitchen Snack bar and riverside terrace open for light lunches/ teas & Visitor shop.) D (please ring bell.) 36 Malmaison Hotel, Oxford Castle. Tours 11am, 12, 2 & 3pm. Former prison now a glamorous hotel! See cell, house of correction and Governor’s House. Prize draw on each tour! Booking essential 01865 251022.

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Madina Masjid, 2 Stanley Road, OX4 1GZ, 3-5pm. See inside this mosque and learn more about Islam. 37 Merton College, Merton St, 2-4pm. A rare chance to visit the Fellows Garden & Chapel & stroll through the quadrangles of this ancient college founded in 1264. D 13 Museum of History of Science, Broad Street. 11.15am & 12 noon. Guided tour of this unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments and the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum (1683). First come first served. 5 Museum of Oxford, St Aldate’s, 10am5pm (last entry 4.30pm).Visit the Museum and the Town Hall to discover the building’s hidden treasures in this drop-in family trail. Collect from Museum of Oxford reception.m FA, D partial access through Town Hall.


39 New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, 10am-6pm. Charming 18thcentury galleried church in the heart of the city. Come and find out about the origins of Baptists on this site and in Oxford. D 40 New Theatre, George St, 10am2pm. Tours of the auditorium with senior staff every hour from 10.30am. Last tour at 1.30pm. Tours are first-come, firstserved. Leaflet and refreshments. Backstage tours (NB dependent on show) available separately (booking required) see www. newtheatreoxford.org (Wheelchair access to stalls only.) D 41 Northgate Hall, 18 St Michael’s St, 10am-2pm. Former Methodist Chapel currently used by Gatehouse Homeless. Information on history of building and current use. 42 O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle, New Road, 11am-4pm. See inside former C Wing part of 18th-century prison now an art gallery. Information on building plus key items of interest. D 43 Old County Court rooms, New Rd, 11am-4pm. Imposing building built in 1841. See the Oxfordshire County Council’s Council Chamber, Old Court, and the spooky tunnel to Oxford Prison. In the Grand Jury Room there will be a chance to participate in some traditional pub games, so if you are not ready for the Olympics come and try your hand at these pub classics. Shove Halfpenny,

Dominoes, Mini Aunt Sally and Ring the Bull. D (partial) 44 Old Fire Station, 40 George St. 10am-12 noon & 2-4pm. An invitation to view work in progress at the Old Fire Station. A sneak peak into new theatre, gallery and café. See how architects have brought light into the building and built internal bridges of steel and glass. Information on building’s history. Will house Crisis Skylight to offer homeless and vulnerable people opportunities to gain skills and ASPIRE a social enterprise as well as a new arts centre for Oxford. D 45 Old Library, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High St. 9am1pm. Visit the Old Library; the former administrative centre of the University dating from the 13th century hear about the history and renovation plans. Closed for renovation from October. 46 Oxford Bus Museum, Queen’s Lane bus stop, High St. 10am-4pm. Take a trip back in time on a vintage bus with costumed volunteers on hand for a truly authentic experience. Timetable and bus stops will be published on museum website www. oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk. 47 Oxford Canal ‘Waterways are for everyone’ weekend, Hythe Bridge, Pocket Park, 10am-5pm (last boats 4pm). Activities, stalls, crafts and colourful displays. Free Boat Trips with the Inland Waterways Association: Depart from Hythe Bridge Pocket Park between 10am-4pm (last trip). Narrowboat trips from Pocket Park (please collect timed ticket). No disabled access. Narrowboat Venturer will pick-up above Isis Lock for trips up the Thames and return (45 mins). (Venturer is fully accessible) First come, first served. D (some steps)

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38 New Biochemistry Building, South Parks Rd, Tours 10.30am & 12 noon. See inside the award-winning new Oxford Biochemistry building and Salt Bridges Art Commissions and hear about recent research. Booking essential 01865 251022.


THAMES VALLEY POLICE 48 Oxford Castle New Rd, 11am-4.30pm. Gaol House Rocks Day! In the Castleyard: bring the kids to see the Thames Valley Police mobile police station & Search & Rescue Truck. Also Family activities including children’s workshops and outdoor games. 5-7pm Oxford Castle Unlocked invite you to the Gaol House Rocks after hours party! Explore the Georgian Prison Wing - & visit the creepy historic crypt and listen to local bands. D, FA

6 Oxford Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre, St Ebbe’s, 10am-5pm. Guided tours at 11am ‘the centre’s history’, 1.30pm ‘the centre’s history - the building’; 2.30pm Deaf Sports Heritage with local deaf people. See historic building and medieval gateway of the Blackfriars. Also chapel with stained glass. Displays and activities all day, old photos, information, refreshments. Interpreters (British Sign Language available). D, FA

49 Oxford Centre for Developmental Science, South Parks Road, 11am3pm. Visit the Centre where everyday babies, children and young adults play specially designed games giving us a window on their cognitive processes. Meet experts investigating vision, language, attention, memory and brain development and discuss the latest developmental research at our display of recent discoveries. Have fun trying out high-tech equipment, including eyetrackers and brain wave monitors. D

Oxford Food Bank, Ray Mills House, Lamarsh Rd, (off Botley Rd) OX2 0HY, 1-4pm. See behind the scenes in the depot of this innovative award-winning charity launched in 2009 which provides 5000 meals a week to people living in food poverty and saves £250,000 worth of food a year from land-fill waste. D

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50 Oxford Oratory Church, 25 Woodstock Rd, 7am-7pm, Visit the Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga built in 1875


Oxfordshire History Centre, St Luke’s Church, Temple Rd, Cowley, OX42HT, Tours 10am, 11am 12noon, 2pm & 3pm. Explore the recently refurbished History Centre and see how the historic holdings of Oxfordshire are stored and processed and some of the treasures of the collection. Booking essential 01865 251022. 9 Pembroke College, Pembroke Square, 10am-3.30pm. Self-guided visit to Chapel, Hall, new Cellar Bar & quads plus chance to see a collection of Sir Roger Bannister’s Memorabilia. 11m & 2pm ‘Talk & tour’ of refurbished College building, booking essential 01865 251022. D (steps to Bannister collection).

Regal, 300 Cowley Road. Oxford, OX4 2AF. 12-3pm. Local landmark. Hear the history of this former Art Deco cinema and view the restored lavish interiors. D 53 Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street. Tours at 11am & 1pm of the Angus Library and Archive the leading worldclass collection of Baptist and Nonconformist history and heritage, holding the foundation documents for the Baptist denomination. Booking essential 01865 251022. 54 Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Rd, 10am-4pm. Access to St Luke’s Chapel with display of University’s plans for ROQ site and history. View model then walk down access side-road to see how the ROQ development is progressing. D (steps)

51 Pitt Rivers Museum, Parks Rd, Tours 11am & 12 noon. Behind the Conservation Curtain. A rare opportunity to be guided through the Pitt Rivers’ conservation studio. Your chance to explore objects through the eyes of our experienced ethnographic conservators. Booking essential 01865 270927. D, FA (Suitable for 12+) 15 Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St, 11am & 12 noon backstage tour. Talk 4pm by Charlie Fields Programme Manager in the Burton Taylor Studio about programming choices. Booking essential 01865 305305. D partial FA Private 20th Century Art Collection, Iffley. Tour at 2.30pm. Booking essential 01865 251022. 52 Quaker Meeting House, 43 St Giles, 10am-12 & 2-5pm. Visit the house, garden and library. Information on Quaker beliefs and sustainable renovation of Grade II* library.

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in gothic revival style. Small exhibition in adjacent room. Bookstall open.


16 Saïd Business School, Frideswide Square. Tour 11am of this iconic modern building & gardens. Information on archaeology of site (Rewley Abbey) and architecture. (First come, first served.) D 55 Science Oxford, Oxford Castleyard, 11am-4pm. Science Oxford will be hosting a number of scintillating hands-on Science activities for a special day at Oxford Castle. D, FA 56 Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, South Parks Rd, 10.30am, & 12pm Guided tours of the laboratory to hear about its pioneering work, especially in the development of penicillin. Booking essential 01865 251022. D Many of the churches taking part in Oxford Open Doors are also taking part in Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Ride and Stride on 10th September. For more information visit www.ohct.org.uk. St Alban the Martyr Church, Charles St, 10am-4pm. A 20th century gem. Door carving of angels by John Henry Brookes; Stations of the Cross by Eric Gill. D 57 St Barnabas Church, Cardigan St, Jericho, 10am-6pm. One of the finest Victorian churches in Oxford. Guide books and refreshments available + Jericho Living Heritage stall. Talk 6 – 7pm an illustrated talk about the nearby ‘Boatmen’s Floating Chapel’, which ceased to function exactly as the construction of St Barnabas Church began. The colourful story of one unusual place of worship told from within another by Mark Davies, Oxford local historian. Refreshments available.

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58 St Catherine’s College, Manor Rd. Tours at 2.30pm & 3.30pm, of these characteristically open and modern College buildings & gardens, flanked by the River Cherwell. Inside of College not normally open to visitors - Library, Hall, Theatre & Senior Common Room. Booking essential 01865 281596 or email:franca.potts@stcatz. ox.ac.uk. D 59 St Ebbe’s Church, St Ebbe’s St, 9am4pm. Christians have been meeting on this site for 1300 years. It is the earliest-mentioned Parish Church in the City of Oxford, yet is still flourishing today. Find out more about the history of this Parish Church. St Edmund and Frideswide Roman Catholic Church (Greyfriars), 182 Iffley Rd, OX4 1SB. 9.30am-11am & 2-5pm. Self-guided tour of this unusual flint stone Norman style church completed in 1930. The Greyfriars (Franciscan order) were established in Oxford in 1224 and moved to this part of the city in 1919. St Frideswide Church, Botley Rd, 10am-5pm. Grade II* Victorian Church which contains the door carved by the real Alice - Alice Liddell (Alice in Wonderland). Hear the recently restored 19th century Hunter organ played. Morning coffee 10amnoon. Afternoon teas 3-4.30pm. D 60 St John’s College, St Giles, 10am4pm. A self-guided tour of the College’s buildings and gardens to see North, Thomas White and Garden Quadrangles not normally open to the public. The Chapel will be open all day where the new Aubertin Organ can be seen. Visitors can see the new Kendrew Quadrangle designed by Sir Richard MacCormack and art exhibition


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ST JOHN’S COLLEGE in the Barn ‘Virus: Bad news wrapped up in protein’. Talk 12noon Shirley Wheeler, curator (University of Sunderland). and glass artist Colin Renee. Booking essential for talk 12+ 01865 251022. D St Margaret’s Church, Binsey, 10am5pm. The 12th century church of St Margaret of Antioch in Binsey (a short walk from city centre) is of outstanding architectural and historical significance. its churchyard is the site of St Frideswide’s ‘treacle’ well which appears in Alice in Wonderland. See church, churchyard and the Holy Well. Mini tours with architectural historian Julian Munby. Homemade cakes & jams. Leaflets. (steps) 61 St Mary Magdalen, Magdalen St, 9.30am-6.30pm. Saxon foundation, north aisle and chancel rebuilt by George Gilbert

Scott in 1841–42. (See also his Martyrs’ Memorial to north of the church.) First Victorian Gothic interior in Oxford. D (via south door) St Mary & St John Church, Cowley Rd,10am-6pm. Trails through the churchyard and information on the history of this Victorian Church the first vicar of which was Father Benson who founded here the first Religious Order for men (Cowley Fathers) in the Church of England since the Reformation. D, FA St Mary and St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Rd, Littlemore, OX4 4PP. 10am-3pm. Visit Church founded by Cardinal Newman. DVD presentation, history etc. D (ramps)

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62 St Michael at the North Gate Church, Cornmarket St, 10.30am-5pm. Visit Oxford’s City Church and climb its Saxon tower – the oldest building in Oxford – for wonderful views of the ‘dreaming spires’. See a working clock mechanism and the cell door of Cranmer, Ridley & Latimer imprisoned here. History displays. For children a Quiz and certificates for reaching the top of the tower. (Wheelchair access to the church only.) See also www.smng.org.uk. D, FA 63 St Peter’s College, New Inn Hall St. 10am-4pm. Visit the chapel, Dining Hall & lodge. D (partial) 64 St Thomas the Martyr Church, between Becket & St Thomas’ Street, 10am-5pm. St Thomas’ was the first church to be affected by the revolutionary ‘Oxford Movement’ in the Victorian Church of England. On show will be the famous Eucharist Window which was the subject of a notorious law-suit and the ‘More Rome than Rome’ High Altar complex. Information available. D (Partial wheelchair access only.)

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11 Stelios Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, 25pm. Exhibition on Olympics Ancient and Modern – The Olympic Legacy. D, FA 65 Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke St, 11am-5pm (last entry). Visit the site (courtyard & 3 linked buildings) to be transformed into the Story Museum in the next 4 years. Rochester House, built in 1899 as lodgings for Merton College; a former pub c1850; & the old Post Office sorting office and telephone exchange - see the old postal workers’ canteen, several giant strong rooms & a writer’s garret. Guided tours on the hour and half hour (c 30mins), first come, first served. Further information. D limited & flights of stairs. Call 01865 790050 for queries on disabled access. 66 Thames Valley Police, Oxford Castleyard, 11am-4pm. Bring the children to the castleyard and see inside the Search & Rescue truck and the equipment used for searching in water as well as a mobile Police


67 Town Hall, St Aldates, 10am-5pm. A landmark building in the city centre. Enjoy the splendour of its rooms and view some of the city’s great treasures and paintings kept here.Tours. Mini exhibition Oxford’s Sporting Heritage Booking essential 01865 251022. Also Children’s Trail available see Museum of Oxford. D, FA Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune St, (off Cowley Rd),OX4. 2.45-4.15pm (doors open at 2.45pm film showing at 3pm of The Ulimate Survivor’ by Philip Hind about the history of one of the first purpose built cinemas followed by short talk). Refreshments at bar.

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68 University Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd. 1-4pm Incredible Insects: Live Bug Alert! Handle real live bugs, with the experts from the Amateur Entomological Society. Don’t forget to look at the Ghost Forest a major art installation by Angela Palmer outside on lawn – 10 rainforest stumps highlight the rate of global deforestation. D, FA 69 Wadham College, Parks Rd, 911.15am & 1.45-6pm. Visit the Chapel and main garden of this College. D 70 Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, 10am-3.30pm. Information on John Wesley in Oxford. D 71 Wolfson College, Linton Rd, 10am5pm. Stroll in the secluded riverside gardens of this College designed by Powell and Moya, and enjoy typical scenes of Oxford punters on the Cherwell. D

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Station. Information on crime reduction available. Grab a free balloon, police bag & pens! D, FA


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72 All Souls College, High St, 2pm5pm. Open access to the Great Quad & Chapel. Also the wonderful Codrington Library. Access via Hawksmoor Gates, Radcliffe Square. D 19 Balliol Historic Collections Centre at St Cross Church, St Cross Rd, 12-4pm. One of the oldest buildings in the city of Oxford (chancel from 1180) now wonderfully restored to house 8 centuries of Balliol archives, its medieval manuscript treasures and rich modern paper collections. See display boards on building and Balliol’s Collections, leaflet for self-guided tour, staff on hand to answer questions about church the recent building project and the historic collections. D Partial – step at west door. 73 Blackfriars, 64 St Giles, Oxford 2-5pm. Visit one of Oxford’s oldest ecclesiastical establishments and find out how it operates today. See church, refectory and garden. D 2 Bodleian Library, Broad St, 11am5pm. Come and see the 15th century Divinity School, the University’s oldest teaching and examination room. Take a seat on a bench and marvel at the beautiful carved stone ceiling in this masterpiece of English Gothic architecture. Explore Convocation House, built in the 17th century as a meeting place for the University’s supreme legislative body, where Parliament was held during the Civil War. Don’t forget to look in the adjoining Chancellor’s Court, formerly used as Oxford University’s Court. NB no access to Reading Rooms (rooms with books) as part of Oxford Open Doors. Special opportunity to visit Gladstone Link

(underground). To book your place for a tour of the Gladstone Link go to www. bodleian.ox.ac.uk/about/visitors/individuals/ extended. Small display in the Proscholium on the theme of the Olympics as part of the Bodleian Library’s celebration of Open Doors. D 21 Carfax Tower, Carfax. 10am5.30pm. City Sightseeing Oxford invite you to climb this much loved city centre landmark for wonderful views over the city. The tower is all that remains of the 13th century Church of St Martin. No disabled access to tower. 74 Cyclox Bike Ride. 10am Historic river and canal a gentle 10 mile bike ride taking in some of the sights of key historic and sporting interest. Finish with a drink at a pub. Led by Cyclox member Andy Chivers. Meet outside OPT office, 10 Turn Again Lane. No need to book, just turn up with your bike. Eastwyke House at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Abingdon Road OX1 4PS.Tours at 11am, 12, 2 and 3pm. Steeped in history and a landmark since 1511 this former farmhouse has been lovingly restored and converted into 10 bespoke bedrooms. Follow in the footsteps of kings and come and find out which king once took refuge here and see the transformation of this magnificent building. Prize draw! Booking is essential 01865 251022. (steps) 75 Exeter College, Turl St, 10am-5pm. Chapel & the rarely-open Fellows’ Garden and Dining Hall (latter subject to change). Look out for the College’s Antony Gormley sculpture, on the roof of Blackwell’s Art & Poster Shop in Broad Street! D partial.

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14 First Church of Christ Scientist, 36A St Giles’. 12-4pm.Visit Church, garden, Reading Room. Sunday school room upstairs. Information sheet and guides to answer questions. People are welcome to sit in garden and eat their lunch. D 28 Holywell Cemetery, St Cross Rd (behind St Cross Church), 12pm-4pm. Guided tours of this cemetery to see the graves of many famous and interesting Oxford people – including Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, as well as the flora and fauna of this beautiful wildlife preserve. Children’s activities. D, FA 29 Holywell Manor, Manor Rd, 12-4pm. Visit the wonderful gardens of Balliol College’s Graduate Centre. D

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30 Inner Space, 21 Broad St, 11am5.30pm. Meditation centre in historic building. Access to meditation, & reading space, quiet room & workshops. Taster meditations on ipods for adults & children. Partial D 31 Jam Factory, 27 Park End St, 10.30am-6pm. Formerly Frank Cooper’s Marmalade Factory now a restaurant/café/ gallery. Display on history. Art exhibition in gallery. Special ‘Jam Factory’ teas served. Restaurant 12-3pm. Entrance in Hollybush Row. Children welcome. D 32 Jesus College, Turl Street, 12pm4pm. Visit the quad, chapel and dining hall of this charming Tudor College where Lawrence of Arabia was an undergraduate. D


34 LMS Swingbridge, Rewley Road, 10am-4pm. Come and hear about Oxford PreservationTrust’s plans to restore this important reminder of Oxford’s industrial heritage. 35 Magdalen College, High St, 12-7pm (last entry 6.30pm). Visit the magnificent gardens, Deer Park, Addison Walk (riverside walk), Chapel and Hall of this famous Oxford College founded in 1458 (Old Kitchen snack bar & shop.) D (please ring bell.) 77 Magdalen College School, Cowley Place, 12-4pm. Gardens only. Stroll through the beautiful school gardens crossing over the white Chinese bridges. Information and history available. FA 36 Malmaison Hotel, Oxford Castle. Tours at 11am, 12, 2 and 3pm. Former prison now a glamorous hotel! See cell, house of correction and Governor’s House. Prize draw on each tour! Booking essential 01865 251022. 37 Merton College, Merton St, 2-4pm. A rare chance to visit the Fellows Garden and Chapel and stroll through the beautiful quadrangles of this ancient college founded in 1264. D 13 Museum of History of Science, Broad Street. 12.15pm & 3pm. Guided tour of this unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building (1683). First come, first served. Just turn up. D

Modern Art Oxford. Plot 16 Lenthall Rd Allotments, Rose Hill OX4. 2-4pm. The Fermenting Room from artists Brook & Black. Part of MAO Art in Rose Hill programme. See 25 foot tall sculpture of MAO (which used to be a brewery) covered in hops from which a unique green beer is grown. 5 Museum of Oxford, St Aldates. 10am5pm. Visit the Museum and Town Hall and solve the puzzles to discover the building’s hidden treasures in this drop-in family trail. D 40 Northgate Hall, 18 St Michael’s St, 10am-2pm. Former Methodist Chapel currently used by Gatehouse Homeless. Info on history of this Victorian building and current use. 78 Nuffield College, New Rd. 11am4pm. Founded by William Morris, Lord Nuffield. A graduate college in fine mid 20th century Cotswold style. Visit upper and lower quads and gardens. Leaflets. Enter Worcester St gates. D (Steps) 42 O3 Gallery, Oxford Castle, New Road, 11am-4pm. See inside former C Wing part of 18th-century prison now an art gallery. Information on building plus key items of interest. D 43 Old County Court-rooms, New Rd, 11am-4pm. Imposing building built in 1841. See the Oxfordshire County Council’s Council Chamber, Old Court, and the spooky tunnel to Oxford Prison. In the Grand Jury Room there will be a chance to participate in some traditional pub games, so if you are not ready for the Olympics come and try your hand at these pub classics. Shove Halfpenny, Dominoes, Mini Aunt Sally and Ring the Bull. D (partial)

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76 Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, 2-5pm. Visit Chapel, Dining Hall and award-winning new Pipe Partridge building. Enjoy one of the most beautiful college gardens in the city with riverside walks. D


45 Old Library, University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High St. 1-4pm. Visit the Old Library; the former administrative centre of the University dating from 1320 hear about the history and renovation plans. Closes for renovation from October. 47 Oxford Canal ‘Waterways are for everyone’ weekend, Hythe Bridge, Pocket Park, 10am-4pm (last boats 3pm).Activities and stalls and crafts and colourful displays and free Boat Trips with the Inland Waterways Association, depart from Hythe Bridge Pocket Park. Narrowboat trips from Pocket Park (please collect timed ticket). No disabled access. Narrowboat Venturer will pick-up above Isis Lock, for trips up the Thames and return (45 mins). (Venturer is fully accessible for those with mobility difficulties.) First come, first served. D some steps. 48 Oxford Castle, New Rd, 11am-4pm. In the castleyard, a selection of vintage Morris Motors vehicles on display celebrating the city’s connection with the car industry. Family activities, children’s workshops and outdoor games. Oxfordshire Aunt Sally Association demonstrate this traditional Oxfordshire Pub game in the Prison garden come and try your hand. Oxfordshire Bridge Association invite you to an introduction to bridge, watch demos, learn mini-bridge (takes 10 minutes!) take a seat and play a few hands. Refreshments in café. D (No wheelchair access to mound.) FA 6 Oxford Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre, St Ebbe’s, 12.30-4pm. Guided tours at 11am ‘the centre’s history - the people who worked here’, 1.30pm ‘the centre’s history - the building’; 2.30pm Deaf Sports Heritage with local deaf people. Visit part of the historic building and see the medieval gateway when this site was home to the Blackfriars. Also chapel with stained

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glass. Displays and activities all day, old photos, information. Refreshments. Interpreters (British Sign Language) available all day. D, FA 79 Oxford Jewish Congregation, Oxford Jewish Centre, Richmond Rd (off Walton Crescent, Jericho), 1.305.30pm. Ground floor of Synagogue – sanctuary & displays of artefacts & information on the building. D 50 Oxford Oratory Church,25Woodstock Rd, 7am-7pm, Visit the Church of St Aloysius Gonzaga built in 1875 in gothic revival style. Small exhibition in adjacent room. Bookstall open. Mass Sunday - includes 8am (Latin), 9.30am (Choral), 11am, (sung Latin), 6.30pm. 80 Oxford Preservation Trust, 10 Turn Again Lane, St Ebbes, 2-4pm. Garden open. Come and relax in this secret city garden (with its own ancient city wall ) saved from the first Westgate development. Displays & information. Oxford Preservation Trust,Wolvercote Lakes, Godstow Road, Wolvercote, Sunday 2-4pm. Explore this lovely site, recently acquired by OPT. Family-friendly activities. No dogs. D limited, FA 81 Oxfordshire Bridge Association, Oxford Castle, 11am-4.30pm. Come and meet some of the players and watch a few hands of this competitive game. Learn minibridge. D 82 Oxford Union, Frewin Court 14pm. Self-guided tour of Courtyard, Debating Chamber and Old Library of this Oxford Institution founded in 1823 as a forum for discussion and debate.The Pre-Raphaelite murals in the old Library at the Oxford Union were painted between 1857 and 1859 by a team of


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young artists including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. D (ground floor only & Debating Chamber). 83 Painted Room, 3 Cornmarket St (next to Pret-a-Manger). Book a Sunday morning tour from 9.30am. Booking essential 01865 251022. A remarkably preserved hidden gem with Shakespearean connections. Formerly the offices of Oxford Preservation Trust. Suitable for children 12+. 9 Pembroke College, Pembroke Square, 10am-3.30pm. Self-guided visit to Chapel, Hall, new Cellar Bar & quads plus chance to see a Collection of Sir Roger Bannister’s Memorabilia. 11am & 2pm ‘Talk & tour ‘of refurbished College building. Booking essential 01865 251022. D (steps to Bannister collection). Private 20th Century Art Collection, Iffley. Tour 2.30pm. Booking essential on 01865 251022. 54 Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Rd, 10am-4pm. Access to St Luke’s Chapel with display of University’s plans for ROQ site and history. View model then walk down access side-road to see how the ROQ development is progressing. D (steps)

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84 Rhodes House, South Parks Rd, 11am3pm (last entry 2.30pm). Visit this elegant 1920s house with superb detailing and beautiful gardens. See Milner Hall, Beit Room and gardens. Refreshments in the garden, weather permitting. Information & booklets on Rhodes House & Trust. Guided tours of the house tbc. D 85 Ruskin College, Walton Street. Guided tours 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Trade Union memorabilia and the Ewen MacColl/ Peggy Seeger archive. Just turn up. D

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57 St Barnabas Church, Cardigan St, Jericho, 12pm-5.30pm. One of the finest Victorian churches in Oxford. Guide books & refreshments. D. Talk 6pm by local historian and author Mark Davies on The Boatmen’s Floating Chapel in the building which replaced the ‘Floating Chapel’ in the 1860s. First come, first served. Refreshments. 86 St Edmund Hall, Queens Lane, 124pm. Visit the Old Dining Hall, Chapel and Library which was formerly the Church of St Peter-in-the-East built around 1140 by Robert D’Oilly, NB visits to the library in small groups. D (partial) 60 St John’s College, St Giles, 10am-4pm. A self-guided tour of the College’s buildings and gardens to see North, Thomas White and Garden Quadrangles not normally open to the

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public. The Chapel will be open all day where the new Aubertin Organ can be seen. Visitors will also can see the new Kendrew Quadrangle designed by Sir Richard MacCormack and art exhibtion in the Barn ‘Virus: Bad news wrapped up in protein’, Talk 12noon Shirley Wheeler, curator (University of Sunderland). and glass artist Colin Renee. Booking essential for talk 12+ 01865 251022. D St Margaret’s Church, 19 St Margaret’s Rd, Binsey, 10am-5pm. The 12th century church of St Margaret of Antioch in Binsey (a short walk from Oxford) is of outstanding architectural and historical significance. its churchyard is the site of St Frideswide’s treacle well which appears in Alice in Wonderland. Self-guided tour of church, churchyard and the Holy Well. Services at 9am & 3.30pm. (steps)


St Mary & St John Church, Cowley Rd. 12pm-4pm. Trails through the churchyard. Climb the tower see how ‘green’ the city is! Visitors welcome to attend Parish Eucharist on at 10.30am, followed by coffee. D, FA St Mary and St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Rd, Littlemore, OX4 4PP. 10am-3pm. 10am Service. Visit Church & Church founded by Cardinal Newman. DVD presentation, history etc. D (ramps) LADY MARGARET HALL

62 St Michael at the North Gate Church, Cornmarket St, 12-5pm. Visit Oxford’s City Church and climb its Saxon tower – the oldest building in Oxford – for wonderful views of the ‘dreaming spires’. See a working clock mechanism and the cell door of Cranmer, Ridley & Latimer imprisoned here. History displays. For children - Quiz and certificates for reaching the top of the tower. (Wheelchair access to the church only.) See also www.smng.org.uk. D, FA 63 St Peter’s College, New Inn Hall St, 10am-4pm. Visit this city centre College on the site of two of the University’s oldest Inns - New Inn Hall and Rose Hall. Visit the chapel, Dining Hall & lodge. Entrance via lodge in New Inn Hall St – building with black railings. D (partial)

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87 St Sepulchres Cemetery, Walton Street, 2-4pm. Hunt down your ancestors and also some famous Oxford names from the past in this delightful Victorian cemetery.

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61 St Mary Magdalen, Magdalen St, 1-5pm. Saxon foundation north aisle and chancel rebuilt by George Gilbert Scott in 1841–42. (See also his Martyrs’ Memorial to north of the church.) First Victorian Gothic interior in Oxford. D (via south door)


Self guided trail. & information from the Friends of St Sepulchres part of Jericho Living Heritage Trust. D (partial) 10 Somerville College, Woodstock Rd, 10am-4pm. Exhibition of archival photographs around a sporting theme. Walking trail of College focussing on famous alumni including Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi. See College Gardens selected public rooms including library. D 65 Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke St, 11am-5pm (last entry). Visit the site (courtyard & 3 linked buildings) to be transformed into the Story Museum in next 4 years. Rochester House, built in 1899 as lodgings for Merton College; a former pub c1850; & the old Post Office sorting office and telephone exchange - see the old postal workers’ canteen, several giant strong rooms & a writer’s garret. Guided tours on the hour and half hour (c 30mins), first come, first served. Call 01865 790050 for queries on access. D (stairs)

68 University Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd, Family-Friendly Sundays, 2-4pm:Visit the museum and have a lively afternoon with Explorer Backpacks, Object Sorting Boxes, Trails, Colouring Sheets. D, FA 69 Wadham College, Parks Rd, 9am6pm. Visit the Chapel and main garden of this College. D 70 Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall St, 10am-1pm. Information on John Wesley in Oxford. D 71 Wolfson College, Linton Rd, 10am5pm. Stroll in the secluded riverside gardens of this College designed by Powell and Moya and enjoy typical scenes of Oxford punters on the Cherwell. D

67 Town Hall, St Aldates, 10.30am-4pm. A landmark building in the city centre. Enjoy the splendour of its rooms and view some of the city’s great treasures and paintings kept here. Children’s Trail available: see Museum of Oxford. Mini exhibition Oxford’s Sporting Heritage, Oxford Fencing Club, Town 1-3pm. Oxford School of Gymnastics, 1.30-4pm. D, FA Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune St, (off Cowley Rd), OX4. 2.45-4.15pm. Film showing at 3pm of The Ultimate Survivor by Philip Hind about the history of one of the first purpose built cinemas. followed by short talk. Refreshments at bar.

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WALKS

Walks Some walks must be pre-booked owing to their limited capacity. To book a place please ring the telephone number listed or book online as indicated. NB Telephone booking lines will be open 22nd August – 9th September, 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holiday). Online booking will be available from 22 August - 9 September. No bookings can be taken before this date. Meeting point to be confirmed when booking.

Thursday 8th September The Archaeology of Port Meadow 5.30pm. Port Meadow encompasses a wide range of monuments from prehistoric burial mounds to Civil War seigeworks and an 18th century racetrack. It has been an area of common land associated with the freemen of Oxford since the Domesday Survey in 1086 and is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Led by David Radford, Oxford City Archaeologist. Booking essential 01865 251022.

Saturday 10th September C S Lewis and Shotover 10am. A walk looking at the local connections to author C S Lewis. Led by GO Active Walk Leader part of Oxford Healthy Living initiative. www. getoxfordshireactive.org. Meet at Headington Library, Bury Knowle Park. No need to book.

historian, guide, and writer. The route is flat, with some steps, and ends at St Barnabas Church, Jericho, where refreshments will be available. Booking essential 01865 251022. Secret St Ebbe’s. 10.am. Join archaeologist, Tom Hassall for a fascinating tour of this historic area of the city. This walk is in association with the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre and is British Sign Language signed. Booking essential 01865 251022. Rewley Road Swing Bridge and the arrival of the Railways in Oxford. 10.30am. Do you know where Oxford’s first station was? What was the old railway bridge behind Oxford Ice Rink for? These and other questions will be answered by David Mather. Booking essential 01865 251022.

Medieval Jewish Quarter 10am and 2pm. Join Jewish historian, Pam Manix, for an insight into this little-known aspect of Oxford’s Medieval History. Booking essential 01865 251022.

Guided walk around Grandpont 10.30am. Join local historian Liz Woolley for an exploration of Folly Bridge and Grandpont, home to Oxford’s first railway station, waterworks and football ground. Booking essential 01865 251022.

Oxford Canal and Castle Mill Stream Walk 10am, 2pm & 3.30pm. A onehour exploration of the social, economic, and literary importance of Oxford’s central waterways with Mark Davies, Oxford local

Hidden and forgotten histories in East Oxford 11 am. Discover a nineteenth century streetscape and the hidden histories of an east Oxford suburb. Local historian, Dr Annie Skinner, takes you

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OXFORD CANAL on a walk along and around the Cowley area, to visit Victorian establishments and tells the stories behind these landmarks. Booking essential 01865 251022. Oxford’s Sporting History Walk 2pm. Both Oxford Town and Gown have long sporting traditions. The city has produced eminent rowers, footballers, cricketers and others. The university has been the home to many household sporting names: Roger Bannister, Colin Cowdrey, CB Fry, Prince Obolensky, as well as Olympic gold medallists such as Stephanie Cook, David Hemmings and Jack Lovelock. Led by Alastair Lack. Booking essential 01865 251022. Black Scholars Walk 2pm. Celebrating the University of Oxford’s black scholars from the turn of the century to present day

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with the Director of Black Oxford: Untold Stories. Booking essential 01865 251022. City Wall Walk 2pm. A walk following the line of the city’s ancient walls surprisingly well-preserved in unexpected places with Blue Badge Guide, Nuala Young. Booking essential 01865 251022. Iffley Church and Village 2:30pm. Hear a talk in this very important Grade 1 church and enjoy a guided walk around the village, hosted by Pat Alexander of the Iffley History Society. (Some steps in church.) Booking essential 01865 251022. Walking in the Footsteps of Poets on Boars Hill 3pm. Wonderful views and fascinating histor y led by Philip Stewar t. Star t from the Old Golf Course,


Oxford Detectives, 2.30pm. Hear a talk in this very important Grade 1 church and enjoy a guided walk around the village, hosted by Pat Alexander of the Iffley History Society. (Some steps in church.) Booking essential 01865 251022.

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Boars Hill opposite the Open University building. Wear stout shoes. Just turn up, no booking required. Oxford Castle, 4pm. A walk around Oxford Castle’s defences with archaeologist and architectural historian Julian Munby. This walk is in association with the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre and

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is British Sign Language signed. Booking essential 01865 251022. Guided walk around Grandpont, 4pm. Join local historian Liz Woolley for an exploration of Folly Bridge and Grandpont, home to Oxford’s first railway station, waterworks and football ground. Booking essential 01865 251022.


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Sunday 11th September River Thames Walk to Iffley 10am. River Thames Walk to Iffley. A gentle one-hour walk to reveal the social, literary, and sporting significance of the Thames in Oxford, in the company of Oxford local historian, guide, and writer Mark Davies. The walk ends at Iffley, where the resident lock-keeper will provide an insight into his role and responsibilities (other commitments permitting). Booking essential 01865 251022. Blackbird Leys - Hidden Treasures 10am. Beyond the media hype and urban myths; what do you really know about the Leys? Join us on this fascinating one hour walk as we explore the history and art of the area, from Roman times to present day. There will also be a fun treasure hunt for children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book just turn up. Meet by the Glow Tree sculpture. In association with World Class Communities. Hinksey Park 10am. A walk led by GO Active walk leader around Hinksey Park and the surrounding area to hear fascinating insights in to the history of this part of the city. Part of Oxford Health Walks programme. No booking just turn up. Meet at car park Hinksey Park. (steps) Historic river and canal a gentle 10 mile bike ride 10am. A lovely waterside cycle ride taking in some of the sights of key historic interest finishing with a drink at a pub. Organised by Cyclox and led by Cyclox member Andy Chivers. Meet outside OPT offices, 10 Turn Again Lane. No need to book, just turn up with your bike.

Medieval Jewish Quarter 10am and 2pm. Join Jewish historian, Pam Manix, for an insight into this little-known aspect of Oxford’s Medieval History. Booking essential 01865 251022. Discover Oxford’s Architecture, 10am 11am & 12noon. An introduction to a few of the key buildings with architectural historian David Clark to celebrate the launch of Discover Oxford’s Architecture Map produced by Oxford City Council in association with Oxford Preservation Trust. Booking essential 01865 251022. Unexpected East Oxford: archaeology and history beyond Magdalen Bridge 11am. Join Jane Harrison from Oxford University’s Archaeology of East Oxford Project to discover unexpected facts from this area’s rich early history including hamlet of Bartlemas. Hear about the work in progress and their initial research results. Booking essential 01865 251022. Oxford’s Sporting History Walk 11am. Both Oxford Town and Gown have long sporting traditions. The city has produced eminent rowers, footballers, cricketers and others. The university has been the home to many household sporting names: Roger Bannister, Colin Cowdrey, CB Fry, Prince Obolensky, as well as Olympic gold medallists such as Stephanie Cook, David Hemmings and Jack Lovelock. Led by Alastair Lack, Blue Badge Guide. Booking essential 01865 251022. Oxford Canal and Castle Mill Stream Walk 2pm & 3.30pm. Oxford Canal and Castle Mill Stream Walk. A one-hour exploration of the social, economic, and

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literary importance of Oxford’s central waterways with Mark Davies, Oxford local historian, guide, and writer. The route is flat, with some steps, and ends at St Barnabas Church, Jericho, where refreshments will be available. Booking essential 01865 251022. Architecture and Memory in Oxford 2pm. A walk centred on Broad Street, the Martyrs Memorial and St. Mary’s Churchyard, starting at New College garden with the fragments of the old city wall and trace it along to the Saxon tower in Cornmarket Street with architect John Stevenson from Oxford Brookes University. Booking essential 01865 251022. Iffley Church and Village 2.30pm. Iffley Church & Village. Hear a talk in the church

and enjoy a guided walk around the village, hosted by Pat Alexander of the Iffley History Society. (Some steps inside the church.) Booking essential 01865 251022. Oxpens to Osney, 2pm. A circular walk from the castle through Oxpens Meadow to Osney Abbey and back via Osney Lane footbridge and St Thomas’s church with local historian and author Dr Malcolm Graham. Booking essential 01865 251022 Oxford Detectives, 2pm. Follow in the footsteps of Morse and Lewis the city’s celebrated detectives created by Oxford author Colin Dexter. Lots of lovely anecdotes with a Blue Badge guide from Oxford’s Tourist Information Centre. Booking essential 01865 252037.

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Oxford Open Doors 10-11 September 2011

Enjoy your city! Oxford Open Doors 2011 is organised by Oxford Preservation Trust in partnership with the University of Oxford.

Oxford Preservation Trust is a charity dedicated to conserving Oxford’s historic environment and increasing public access and enjoyment of the city for everyone. www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk www.heritageopendays.org.uk Follow us on facebook and twitter - @oxprestrust Oxford University welcomes visitors at most times of the year. For information on places to visit and things to do, see www.ox.ac.uk/visitors We would like to thank all the participating venues and all our volunteers, as well as our supporters: Infineum International, Nuffield College, All Soul’s College and St John’s College.

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