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May 25 2018

Peter Smith’s ‘Port Meadow: The Forgotten Aerodrome’

Find out about Port Meadow as a WW1 training aerodrome with local resident and Chair of the Wolvercote WW1 Aerodrome Memorial Project, Peter Smith. Using a mixture of period and current photos, extracts from the press of the period, and some short film clips if there is time, Peter will look at Port Meadow from…

Feb 12 2018

THINK HUMAN: STIMULATE YOUR SENSES

With Professor Christiana Payne, Dr Marika Leino and Dr Ian Holgate, Oxford Brookes University. Think art is just about looking? Think again! Join us to find out how the other four senses – hearing, taste, smell and touch – are activated in our encounters with painting and sculpture. Part of Oxford Brookes University’s Think Human…

Feb 12 2018

AMERICA’S COOL MODERNISM: CURATOR’S VIEW

With Dr Katherine Bourguignon, Exhibition Curator Terra Foundation for American Art. What is ‘cool modernism’ and why does the term apply to American art of the 1920s and 1930s? This lecture provides an overview of the artists and themes of the exhibition and an analysis of the peculiar reticence, precision, and detachment found in artworks…

Feb 12 2018

EDWARD LEAR: VISUAL AND VERBAL CONVERSATIONS

With Professor Matthew Bevis, University of Oxford Edward Lear’s achievements – as a nonsense poet, scientific illustrator, and landscape painter – have often been studied in isolation from each other. This lecture explores the remarkable interconnections between them, and shows how he attempts to forge new conversations between paint and print, images and words.

Feb 12 2018

BY LAND, SEA AND AIR: WINNING THE FIRST WORLD WAR THROUGH ART

With Peter Vass, Oxford Brookes University. Using material from the most wide-ranging propaganda exercise in the First World War, Peter Vass looks at how British servicemen in the army, navy, and the newly emerging air force were depicted by artists for propaganda purposes.

Feb 12 2018

CRACKING THE EGYPTIAN CODE: THE LIFE OF JEAN-FRANCOIS CHAMPOLLION

With Andrew Robinson, Author. Explore the life of Jean-François Champollion; a teenage professor of ancient history, supporter of Napoleon, explorer, and most notably, decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphics

Feb 12 2018

THE HISTORY OF BUON FRESCO

With Alan Pascuzzi, Artist and Art Historian From pre-history to the Renaissance and to the present day, this talk will explain in-depth the art of painting in fresco. Explore techniques used, the history of the material, and the practical aspects of its use, including conservation and restoration.

Feb 12 2018

LEAVING THE BODY: THE EMPTY SPACES OF AMERICAN MODERNISM

With Lauren Kroiz, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. America’s Cool Modernism shows that excluding figural content does not mean neglecting the social situation that influenced the lives of everyday Americans. Lauren Kroiz discusses the socio-political context of 1920s and 30s America, in which immigration restrictions and segregation were at…

Feb 12 2018

CHARLES SHEELER: TIME AND THE CITY

With David Corbett Peters, Professor of American Art and Director of the Centre for American Art, Courtauld Institute. Explore American artist Charles Sheeler’s 1910s and 20s paintings, photographs, and graphic works with a particular focus on two apparently contrasting but intertwined places, New York City and Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Feb 12 2018

GREEK VASE PAINTERS AND THE TROJAN WAR

With David Studdard, Historian and Author The Trojan War inspired the works of many Greek poets and dramatists. Using a wealth of illustrations, David Stuttard shows how vase painters, too, responded to the myths of Troy in ways that were moving, funny, and sometimes heart-stoppingly profound.

Feb 12 2018

THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGY OF AESTHETICS: BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK PUBLIC LECTURE 2018

With Dr Zoï Kapoula, Research Director in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris Eminent French neuroscientist Zoï Kapoula discusses the ways that museum-based research is helping us understand the complex mechanisms of the human brain. This lecture is presented in partnership with the Ashmolean University Engagement Programme and Dr Chrystalina…

Mar 09 2018

Hey Diddle, Diddle

A fun, musical workshop for pre-school children. Have you discovered the perfect fun, friendly and musical way to start the week for you and your child? Hey Diddle Diddle is a sing-a-long and play session held weekly during term time at Oxford Playhouse. With free tea or coffee and a chance to stay, play and…

Feb 07 2018

ON THE OCEAN: THE MEDITERRANEAN AND THE ATLANTIC FROM PREHISTORY TO 1500 AD

With Sir Barry Cunliffe, Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford. For humans, the sea has always been an alien and dangerous environment. So how and why did we become seafarers? Distinguished archaeologist Sir Barry Cunliffe explores the evidence, bringing together years of research and recent findings.

Feb 07 2018

Fighting on Different Fronts

With Peter Vass, Oxford Brookes University Drawing on previously unpublished material, Peter Vass examines the way artistic representations of women were used for propaganda in World War I and considers how these ‘altered images’ marked a change in perception of women and their role in society.

Jan 23 2018

Valentines Scavenger Hunt!

Looking for an unusual activity this Valentine’s weekend? Come and explore Oxford Castle Unlocked on a romantic Scavenger Hunt! Your experience will begin with a welcome drink in our Norman crypt before embarking on a guided tour of St. George’s Tower, which will include a climb to the top to admire the scenic 360-degree view…

Jan 10 2018

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Get ready for a night of exhilarating adventure as the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the New Theatre, Oxford, on Wednesday 7 February! Through the big screen, join fearless explorers and intrepid film-makers as they venture deep into the world’s most isolated and spectacular landscapes. Starring climbers, skiers, mountain bikers, high-wire walkers and…

Jan 03 2018

Cotswolds Distillery Spirit Tasting

Join us at the Pint Shop on George Street for an evening with the lovely folk from Cotswolds Distillery. Based not far from Oxford, the Cotswolds Distillery started trading in 2014 and has since then gone from strength to strength, producing some very fine spirits indeed, including their award winning Dry Gin. Tickets include tasting…

Dec 11 2017

Oxford wins Silver Tourism Award at the British Youth Travel Awards

Oxford scooped the silver award in ‘Best UK Youth Destination’ at the British Youth Travel Awards in London on Thursday evening. The ceremony was held at The Hippodrome in London and organised by the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) who were celebrating the excellent work and high standards in the youth travel market – a…