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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Cecil Rhodes: Where we’re going, we don’t need Rhodes.

Thousands of protesters stood, knelt, and sat in solidarity at the Rhodes Must Fall protest …

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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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Alexander the Great in Skopje: an “up yours” to Greece?

Since Macedonian independence in 1991, following the breakup of Yugoslavia, Greece has contested the country’s …

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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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Horatio Nelson: Turning a blind eye to slavery?

Some of the monuments currently under the spotlight depict individuals who were lost in the …

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Churchill’s Legacy: Not Yet Set in Stone

Churchill had chosen the spot for his statue in Parliament Square himself, over a decade …

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King Leopold II: A Bloody Legacy written in Marble

Many representations of Leopold II can be found dotted around Brussels, as well as several …

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The Duke of Wellington: The man with a cone on his head

Carlo Marochetti’s equestrian statue of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, which resides over Royal Exchange …

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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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Rhodes is not a Colossus

Rhodes wanted to be a colossus, and was described as such; yet his legacy, and …

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