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.

Local Hero, Global Antihero? Captain Cook's Legacy in North Yorkshire

Captain Cook: Yorkshire Hero, Global Antihero

Venture beyond York to understand the legacy of one of North Yorkshire’s most famous sons, Captain James Cook

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The Hidden History of Oxford’s Jewish Community

An unassuming memorial stone near the entrance to the Oxford Botanic Garden marks the site …

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Oliver Cromwell: The Coronation That Wasn’t

Today, the 8th of May, is a day with a fair deal of royal baggage. …

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Engraving showing two children looking at some writing on a stone.

Death, Taxes, and Other Uncertainties

In Oxford, the River Thames is reborn as the Isis, sharing its name with the …

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Illustration of a woman on a ducking stool by a river.

Scolds, Witches, and Mouldy Jades: Women’s Words on Trial

In 1579, the civic leaders of early modern Oxford, the city corporation, decided to purchase …

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Photomontage showing a photo portrait of a queen with a crown on the left side, and on the right side the painting of a 18th century monarch.

Rebels with a Deer Park? Magdalen vs the Monarchy

On 8 June 2021, conservative news website Guido Fawkes broke the story that a student …

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Photo montage showing on the left side a painting detail with pigs jumping off a bridge and on the right a topless man wearing a furred headdress with horns and holding a US flag.

Stop the Squeal: Oxfordshire’s Dirty Election

In the year since rioters failed to nullify the 2020 US presidential election, commentators have …

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Print of the first page of a book in old font style.

One Woman Against the Crown: Elizabeth Lilburne Rides to the Rescue

One of the most famous and seemingly unique episodes in Oxford’s history is Queen Matilda’s …

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A descriptive commemorative plaque.

Diego de Landa: From Monasteries to Roundabouts

As a leading Franciscan bishop, in the mid-16th century Fray Diego de Landa led an …

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Drawing of three pedestals with fallen statues or idols

Toppling Statues: An Oxford Tradition

A mirror for the Rhodes Must Fall protests, four centuries ago and just across the street.

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