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.

Balfour, Cambridge and Campus Sectarianism

A Portrait Attacked: Sectarianism on Cambridge Campus

A portrait of Arthur Balfour was attacked at Trinity College, Cambridge – But why?

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Jewish History in York: The Pogrom at Clifford’s Tower

In 2016 York was granted the title ‘City of Sanctuary’ to celebrate the city’s ‘efforts …

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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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Death, Taxes, and Other Uncertainties

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

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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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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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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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Sir John A. Macdonald: National Hero or Architect of Genocide?

On Saturday August 29, 2020, Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Rights protestors unbolted and pulling …

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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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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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Monarchs on the Margins? A Global History of Royalty at Oxford

Numerically speaking, Oxford’s role as a training ground for global monarchy eclipses its function of …

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