University events - August | University of Oxford

University events - August

A selection of interesting and fun events taking place in August. 

Visit for details of a wide range of events taking place across the University open to all.

Visit for details of talks and workshops. Each event listing indicates whether it is open to all or only to members of the University. 

Family events

Hertford College Festival, Saturday 4 August 2018, 10.00am-9.30pm, Hertford College

Hertford Festival is a weekend which has something for everyone: Hertford alumni including Carrie Gracie, Bahi Ghubi, Marion Osieyo, Todd Green, Nick Groom, Pip Wilson, Will Hutton and Vanessa Collingridge will give talks on a range of topics including tech and cryptocurrencies, literature, history, current affairs and entrepreneurship, while children can enjoy fun activities for all age. Booking required.

Operation Earth: Various events in August 2018, Museum of Natural History

Operation Earth is a national programme celebrating the science of the natural environment. The project aims to engage and inspire children and their families through exciting interactive science activities, including Brilliant Bees, Hands-On, Meet the Expert, Investigating Oceans and several Family Science Shows. Keep an eye on the upcoming events on the following page

Operation Earth: Brilliant Bees, Monday 6 August 2018, 1.00-4.00pm, Museum of Natural History

An exciting bee bonanza featuring Horrible Science illustrator Tony De Saulles who will be talking about his book Bee Boy.

Send a Message SOS, Saturday 18 August 2018, 2-4pm, Museum of the History of Science

Learn Morse code, experiment with the Museum’s telegraphic apparatus, and unravel the mystery message. Drop-in, ages 7+

Making Micrographia, 30-31 August 2018, 2-4pm, Museum of the History of Science

Use microscopes and lenses to observe tiny things, and use your drawings to make magnificent monoprints inspired by illustrations from Robert Hooke's famous book Micrographia published in 1665. Drop-in, ages 7+

Exhibitions and displays 

Christ Church - current exhibitions, 29 June-29 October 2018, 10.30am-4.30pm

Portrait of a Building: 50 Years of Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church Picture Gallery (entrance via Canterbury Gate at Oriel Square)
£4 Adult / £2 Concession. Free for members of the University

Bats: The Mystery Beings, 25 July 2018 – 8 January 2019, 10.00am-5.00pm, Museum of Natural History

Wytham Woods’ studies of UK bat populations offer a unique insight into our often misunderstood ‘night dwellers’. A new display in the Museum's Wytham Room.

Tricks of Trade: Magic and Money in Context, 31 July – 16 December 2018, 10.00am-5.00pm, Ashmolean Museum

Money can be ‘magical’ in more ways than one – it multiplies, it grows and it can buy happiness and bring forth plenitude. This display in Exhibition Gallery 7 will explore how money and magic come together in interesting ways, showcasing coins used as magical objects, and exploring how money has worked magic over centuries.

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft, 31 July – 6 January 2019, Ashmolean Museum

Spellbinding stories and fascinating objects, from crystal balls and magic mirrors to witch bottles and curse poppets. Explore the history of magic over eight centuries in this immersive and thought-provoking exhibition.
£12.25 Adult / £11.25 Concession (University staff) / £6 Student/Child/Under 25s

Staff deal 

Christmas 2018, Ashmolean Museum, Early Bird Offer

Enjoy exclusive use of the iconic Rooftop Restaurant for your team Christmas party. The offer includes a welcome glass of fizz, three-course festive dinner, miniature mince pies, table decorations and crackers for £60 per person. Book before the 31 August 2018 and, as the organiser, you will receive a free gift!
email to book now.