Additional Event at Blackwell
The Readers' Voice 2010
following the Convention
can be found here.
Authors read by
F Scott Fitzgerald
E M Forster
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
For details go to the group's website
googlepages.com where our newsletters can be downloaded
Out and About in
The poet Matthew Arnold described Oxford as the
"city of dreaming spires".
Another poet, John Keats, considered it
"the finest city in the world".
As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford is a unique and historic institution. By the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, Oxford had already become a meeting place for scholars. The University developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. The first of Oxford's colleges began as medieval 'halls of residence' under the supervision of a Master. University, Balliol and Merton Colleges are the oldest colleges, established between 1249 and 1264.
Some of the finest architecture in England can be found within a few hundred yards of the Convention venue, Jesus College, founded by Elizabeth I. For example, in Broad Street are to be found Balliol, Trinity and Exeter Colleges, as well as the Sheldonian, the Clarendon Building, the Bodleian Library and Blackwell's famous bookshop. You can see them here in Virtual Oxford which provides 360 degree panoramas. In Radcliffe Square, you can see the Radcliffe Camera, All Souls and Brasenose Colleges, the Bodleian Library and the St Mary the Virgin church, the University church. Click here to see them in Virtual Oxford.
Oxford University's museums and collections provide an important resource for scholars around the world, and members of the public are welcome to look round them.
You can find a brief history of the University of Oxford on the University's website.
Details of the museums and collections of the University can be found here and on the individual websites listed above.
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