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History of Medicine - Walking Tour

Dissect the long history of medical research and practice in Oxford.

  • From 5 British pounds
  • Meet under Hertford Bridge (Bridge of Sighs)

Tour Description

The history of medicine is always a bit uncomfortable. This tour walks you through medical history in the city from medieval plagues, to the founding of the medical school, and the first trials of penicillin. Far from a straightforward linear progression, Oxford's medical history is a complicated conversation about health equity, medical ethics, and continued clashes over the control of the body. Using the built environment, we examine health geographies, resistance to public health policies, and the tensions inherent in medical progress. Tour recommended for ages 12 and older. *Tour Itinerary:* 1. Bridge of Sighs (Hertford Bridge) 2. New College 3. Bodleian Quadrangle 4. Clarendon Building 5. Kings Arms Pub 6. Museum of Natural History 7. War Memorial Garden 8. Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Tour itinerary may vary slightly depending on time and guide. ACCESSIBILITY: - Wheelchair accessible, but please note some mildly uneven pavement and crowding in the city centre. - Distance walked is less than one mile. - There are moments for sitting/leaning against walls throughout this tour, and toilets are available if required. - We do not have microphones or other amplifying audio equipment but strive to accommodate diverse needs to the best of our ability. Please let us know of any accommodations required when you register.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

To cancel or reschedule a tour, please contact us 24 hours in advance. Sometimes we take photographs on our tours for promotional purposes, for use on our website or social media pages. By booking with us, it is assumed that you consent to being photographed while participating in this activity. We always endeavor to avoid taking any images with faces visible. Your consent can be withdrawn at anytime before or after the activity, by emailing us directly.

Contact Details

Uncomfortable Oxford Walking Tours, Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, United Kingdom

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