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The Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities is currently under construction, completion due in 2025, providing a new home for research and teaching in the humanities at Oxford University, with state-of-the-art academic, exhibition and performance spaces.

The building, made possible by gifts totalling £185 million from philanthropist and businessman Stephen A. Schwarzman, demonstrates the essential role of the humanities in helping society confront and answer fundamental questions of the 21st century.

The Schwarzman Centre will be a dynamic hub dedicated to the humanities. For the first time in the University’s history, humanities faculties will be housed together with a new humanities library in a space designed to encourage learning and experimentation.

The building will include performing arts and exhibition venues designed to engage the Oxford community and the public at large, and bring new audiences to campus. Modern amenities and digital capabilities will allow Oxford to share the full breadth of its unparalleled collections and research in the humanities. New facilities will include a 500-seat concert hall and a 250-seat auditorium, as well as flexible performance and exhibition spaces for music, dance, and art. These venues will feature programming from Oxford students and faculty, local community-based organisations, and leading international artists. They also will provide much-needed space for the public to gather at Oxford for festivals and other cultural celebrations.

Construction on the building is well underway and it will open in 2025.

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Schwarzman Centre, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road,
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6GC United Kingdom
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