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.

Tolkien and the refugees of Middle Earth

Tolkien and the refugees of Middle Earth

‘The Lord of the Rings’ is cited as an inspirational text by both friends and foes of asylum seekers, but what does it really say?

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On Tour Development: From "Curiosity and Colonialism" to "Unnatural Histories"

On Tour Development: From Curiosity and Colonialism to Unnatural Histories 

As we launch a new tour of Oxford’s Natural History Museum, we reflect on lessons learnt from exploring the dark side of curiosity.

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Oxford's Activist Pasts and Present: In Solidarity with Oxford Action for Palestine

Oxford’s Activist Pasts and Present: In Solidarity with Oxford Action for Palestine

How Oxford Action for Palestine’s encampment follows on from recent student protest movements, ranging from Rhodes Must Fall to Transforming Silence

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Overcoming Fake History: the Zimbabwe Bird and Rhodes’ Legacy in Modern Zimbabwe

#Fake: The Zimbabwe Bird and Cecil Rhodes’ Legacy

Cecil Rhodes’ false history of an iconic artefact, and the real story of how contemporary Zimbabweans view his legacy.

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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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The End of Oriental Studies: The Rise and Fall of an Oxford Faculty

In late September 2022, Oxford University’s Faculty of Oriental Studies changed its name to the …

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Part of a statuary human bust with a bull's head.

Sir Arthur Evans: Knossos, Myth & Reality

Review of the exhibition ‘Knossos: Myths & Reality’ at the Ashmolean (10 February -30 July …

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Sketch drawing of a man in suit holding a coat and hat

The Paradox of William Morris: Ruthless Industrialist and Generous Philanthropist

William Morris, Lord Nuffield, employed thousands of workers to make millions of cars – and …

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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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Side-by-side black and white pictures of the same man in black tie costume (left) and wearing Ottoman or middle-eastern syle dress (left)

Unburying an Archaeologist: the Forgotten Story of Hormuzd Rassam

Hormuzd Rassam is not a name which will be familiar to most Oxford residents and …

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Statue of a man with the arm raised in a green space.

Cecil Rhodes and the Religion of Race

It is hard to deny that the achievements of Cecil John Rhodes were remarkable. He …

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Humanoid face carving in stone

Afterlives of the Town: Politics of Burial and Personhood in Oxford

Oxford, Not University During our Uncomfortable Oxford tours, we focus a fair bit on the …

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