Stories of how Oxford's iconic buildings and spaces adapted to wartime Britain.
Just 17 years after the official opening of Oxford’s present Town Hall building, it found itself being used for a very different purpose than what it had originally been designed for. Almost as soon as war broke out, the Town Hall became part of the 3rd Southern General Hospital.
In 1914 Mansfield was a small, non-residential, Congregational theological college preparing students for theological degrees and ordination. During the war some alumni and current students chose pacifism, several joining the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Others chose national service and of those most opted for pastoral work appropriate to their calling and experience.
Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps is one of the oldest units in the British Army; formed by students of Oxford University in 1642, in World War One it saw losses of around 2000 men
Around 50% of the Oxford University Press workforce were conscribed. To meet the need, women began to enter areas of the press they hadn't had access to before: such as the print and office space.
The Rhodes House Commemorative Memorial is unusual in the breadth of nationalities of soldier remembered, choosing to list German as well as Allied and international Rhodes scholars.
Like the rest of Oxford, Keble College was not unscathed by the effect of the First World War. Student numbers plummeted and the College became a barracks, home to 'C' Company of the No. 4 Officer Cadet Battalion. A portion of the Fellows’ Garden was converted into pigsties and the new bicycle shed was converted into a miniature shooting range.
Modern local author, Margaret Bonfiglioli has published the letters and story behind her Grandmother's wartime experience of brining up three sons in Park Town, Oxford during World War 1.
The Jesus College War Memorial is testament to the human loss of the war to the college. Jesus undergraduates numbers fluctuated from 135 in 1914 to 18 by the end of the war.
In 1916 the College addressed concerns about its own vulnerability to enemy aircraft and took out an insurance policy with Lloyds “for £10,000... to insure the College... against damage from enemy aircraft”.
In 1914 Cowley, William Morris was about to launch a new car model. The outbreak of war disrupted his business and he transferred his manufacturing capabilities to making grenades and mine sinkers.
Didcot station became transformed during the war into the Central Ordnance Depot. Didcot became a strategic part of the wartime supply chain, sourcing everything from blankets and uniforms to horse shoes and ammunition.
Parts of Port Meadow were transformed during the war into a military aerodrome for training the Royal Flying Corps - each morning livestock had to be moved out of the flight path.
Somerville, as an all female college, was not pressed to the same extend by calls to service. However, the College was by no means untouched, vast numbers took leave to work as interpreters or nurses and the college became part of the General Hospital.
St Peter's College's World War I links are strong, since it owes its foundation to Francis James Chavasse (1846-1928), former bishop of Liverpool (1900-1923), whose children served with distinction in the conflict.
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8th August, Oxford 1914-1918 Family Day - The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford
10th and 11th September, Oxford Open Doors Weekend
15th September. Talk - Port Meadow: The Forgotten Aerodrome
3rd October, Talk - We Will Not Fight - The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford
10th and 11th November, The 9th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies, War Time
Saturday 13th June, 10.30am-5.30pm, 'Physics and the Great War', 1 day conference, St Cross College, University of Oxford
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August, 12-4pm, 'Signals and Semaphores', family friendly, Museum of the History of Science
Tuesday 25th August, 'Harry's Nobel Prize', public lecture, Museum of the History of Science
Saturday 19th September, 12-4pm, 'Big Draw: X-Ray line', family friendly, Museum of the History of Science
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Saturday 16th January 2016, 'Artists Under Fire', exhibition, Ashmolean Museum Broadway
Saturday 26th September, 1-4pm, 'Remembering the Great War', public reminiscence day, Museum of the History of Science
Thursday 5th November, 5.30-7pm, Poetic Battlefields: The First World War in Poetry, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College
Tuesday 10th November, 2-5pm, 'Wikipedia: World War 1 edit-a-thon', IT services course, 13 Banbury Rd
3rd July, Oxford in the Great War walking tour, Museum of the History of Science
10th July from 2pm, ‘Through the Lens: Oxfordshire and the First World War’ exhibition plus an afternoon of family friendly activities, the Oxford Castle Quarter, Key Learning Centre. See also http://fetedaythings.tumblr.com/
Wednesday 13th July, “‘No joke, that': the Allied military campaign in North Russia, 1917-1920" - talk by Chris Baker. SOFO Museum
16th July, Film Screening: The Battle of the Somme, Pitt Rivers Museum
16th July - 8th October 2016, Exhibition - Oxford's Great War - Museum of Oxford
16th July - 8th October 2016, Oxford 1914-1918 Family Gallery Trail
16th July, Talk - 66 Men of Grandpont 1914-18. The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford