The Sheldonian Theatre will host a performance of Shakespeare by the Creation Theatre
The Sheldonian Theatre will host a performance of Shakespeare by the Creation Theatre
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Oxford Open Doors 2014

Some of the hidden treasures of Oxford University and the Colleges will be opened up to the public for this year’s Oxford Open Doors weekend.

Oxford Open Doors, a partnership between the Oxford Preservation Trust and Oxford University, takes place on 13 and 14 September.

A number of events will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, including a Shakespeare’s World trail at the Ashmolean Museum and performances from the Creation Theatre in venues such as Exeter and Keble colleges, the Sheldonian Theatre, and the Museum of Natural History.

As well as colleges, departments and museums opening their doors, a number of talks will be held during the weekend. Dr Vincent Razanajao, Keeper of the Archive in the Griffith Institute, will talk about archaeology while Professor Adrian Gregory of Pembroke College will give a talk called ‘Why write another book about the First World War?’

People can also take self-guided tours of the recently-refurbished Radcliffe Humanities building and see historical images and films about the history of the building. The building was formerly the Radcliffe Infirmary and visitors will be invited to write down their memories of the hospital in a book.

Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: 'The University and Colleges are proud of their close relationship with the local community. Open Doors is a wonderful opportunity to show our local friends and other visitors an insight into some of the hidden treasures of Oxford.'

Debbie Dance, Director of the Oxford Preservation Trust, said: 'Oxford Open Doors 2014 sees a wonderful selection of Oxford’s old and new spaces inviting you to share in their stories – all made the more special by the people involved.'

A full list of events can be found at the Oxford Open Doors website. Booking is essential for some of the events.