Community Fair | University of Oxford
Girl looking at exhibits at Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Girl looking at exhibits at Oxford University Museum of Natural History
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Community Fair

There's more to the University than meets the eye ...

Did you know that throughout the year Oxford University invites you to marvel at badgers in their natural habitat, join them for rooftop observing sessions to gaze at the stars, attend fascinating lectures on a diverse range of topics and visit their unique and historical spaces?

Boy with fossilThere’s more to the University than meets the eye

Credit: Oxford Museum of Local History

To find out more, make sure you drop into the University’s first Open Doors Community Fair, taking place in the Weston Library’s stunning Blackwell Hall in Broad Street on Saturday 10 September between 1pm and 4pm.

The Fair, part of this year’s Oxford Open Doors weekend, will showcase many of the amazing ways the community can benefit from, or get involved with, the University’s services and activities in and out of term time. Representatives from across the University will be on hand to offer information and advice.

Find out how to sign up for the Department of Continuing Education’s courses, make the most of the family-friendly events hosted by the city’s world class museums, become a permit holder of Wytham Woods, find out about free concerts and lectures, get involved with science outreach opportunities and medical research – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Community Fair – join us for a talk

At the event, we’re also offering a series of short talks to highlight some of the ways we enjoy involving the local community with our work. Join members of the University to hear about some of our recent projects and our ongoing commitment to making our collections, facilities and resources open to all.   

The talks will be held in the Weston Library’s 117-seater Lecture Theatre, with places being allocated on a first-come-first-served basis on the day.

1.15pm to 1.45pm     The Sheldon Tapestry Map of Worcestershire - from Weston House to the Weston Library

Join Nick Millea, Map Librarian at the Bodleian Library, and explore the history of the Sheldon tapestry maps dating from the 1590s.

2pm to 2.30pm          The Laboratory with Leaves – Art and Fire in the Wood

Dr Robin Wilson, Artist in Residence at Wytham Woods will discuss how he, and fellow artist Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley, seek to represent the wood in their art, their public workshop opportunities and the success of the ongoing Japanese kiln project.

2.45pm to 3.15pm     Continuing Education – It’s Never too Late

Did you know that there are more part-time adult students (aged 18 to 92) at the University of Oxford than full-time undergraduates? Find out about the 1000+ part-time classes and programmes on offer to the public each year from the Department of Continuing Education.

3.30pm to 4pm          Oxford and WWI – Personal Stories and Digital Archives         

A team at the University has been working to help keep the memory of our past alive by capturing the fascinating stories and images of WWI memorabilia, shared by local residents, and publishing them online for everyone to discover – come along to find out more.

Oxford Open Doors

The annual Oxford Open Doors weekend, taking place this year on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, is a partnership event between Oxford University and the Oxford Preservation Trust. It offers the perfect chance to get a taste of the great opportunities that the local community and visitors to Oxford have access to via the University throughout the year – together with a number of special events only available over the Open Doors weekend.