NEW TOUR LAUNCH: UNNATUAL HISTORIES

Join us for a unique tour of the Natural History Museum in Oxford! We'll explore how human influence and selective choice shape the narrative of natural history museums, offering an 'unnatural' perspective on their historical and ideological foundations.

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Thora Silverthorne: Fighter, Healer, Leader (Part II)

In the first part of our short series on the life of Thora Silverthorne, we …

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Thora Silverthorne: Fighter, Healer, Leader (Part I)

Of all the local heroes who have passed through the city of Oxford, few saved …

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Mushroom Clouds over the Dreaming Spires

Until recently, when contemplating a future of climate chaos, unaffordable housing, dystopian tech, xenophobic nationalism, …

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From Gill Sans, to Sans Gill: The Controversy over the Work of Eric Gill

Content warning: Rape, sexual abuse On January 12, 2022, an activist used a ladder to …

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Breaking the Prime Directive: The Pitt Rivers Phantoms

Introduction Within the Star Trek universe, humans are bound by the “Prime Directive” which forbids …

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Irish Nationalist, British Imperialist: The Uncomfortable Identities of Sir Michael O’Dwyer

“No man in the whole history of British rule in India has done such great …

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What’s in a Street Name? Questioning Florence Park’s Colonialist Legacy

This is a guest post by the Decolonising Florence Park project. Some street names are …

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Abraham Lazarus: The Champion of Oxford’s Working Class

Who was Abraham Lazarus? Of the thousands of activists and leaders in the past century …

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Charlie Hutchison: Oxfordshire’s Forgotten Black Anti-Fascist

Born in Oxfordshire, Charlie Hutchison (1918-1993) led an extraordinary life as both a champion of …

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Money, Matchdays, and the Maxwells: How Oxford Nearly Lost Its Football Club

For anyone who’s not a fan of the so-called ‘beautiful game’, the passions evoked by …

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Marmalade and the Revolution: The Gently Subversive History of Oxford’s Most Famous Foodstuff

Oxford is known for many things, but neither culinary delicacies nor revolutionary politics generally feature …

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Collective punishment and colonial terror: The lessons of Britain’s war in Malaya

Britain’s military policies during the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) not only inflicted untold suffering upon the …

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