Museum of Natural History
Museum of Natural History

Listed buildings

We own and manage 67 listed buildings including the famous Grade I listed Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera and Sheldonian Theatre. Other grade I buildings include our museums: the Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum and the Museum of the History of Science.

The first purpose-built library was established in the 14th-century but in its current form the Bodleian Library dates back to the 15th century when Duke Humfrey's Library was built. The site also includes the 15th century Divinity School, 17th century Convocation House, and 18th century Radcliffe Camera and Clarendon Building. It is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and the second largest library in Britain after the British Library. The Sheldonian Theatre was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1664 and 1669.

20% of the total University estate is listed, as well as many of our college buildings (but they are owned and managed by the colleges rather than the central University).

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