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.

Talks & Workshops

We provide educational talks and workshops for classrooms, conferences, and public events

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PRIVATE LECTURE BOOKINGS

We have a large team of academic researchers who provide talks on several subjects and are keen to be invited as a guest speaker for educational talks. All our team members are experts in their field and researchers in their own areas, including history, politics, medicine, international relation, sociology, and more.

Any of the talks below can be booked for private or public events, in person or online. These talks and workshops have been researched and designed by our academic team to provide engaging content. If you are interested in something more bespoke and want one of our team to be a guest speaker, get in touch to enquire about developing a lecture for your organisation.

The length of our presentations can be adapted for longer or shorter events with prior agreement. Book one of our talks below or get in touch to enquire about developing a bespoke lecture for your organisation.

Talks & Workshops

We run a number of talks and public lectures throughout the year. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

Enquiries

Uncomfortable Oxford works with many leading museums, universities, institutions, and private clients to create bespoke experiences and partner on research projects.

If you would like to enquire about a bespoke commission for your organisation, please use the form below.

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    Educational Resources

    We provide a number of free educational resources – check them out.

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    Listen to our podcast

    Our podcast is perfect for anyone looking for a brief introduction to the British Empire.

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    Read our blog

    Our research blog highlights interesting local histories and other relevant stories related to the topics  we cover, including histories of class, race, empire, gender, and historical memory.

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    Set in Stone Project

    Interested in memorialisation in Oxfordshire? We have created a virtual map locating official and informal memorials in Oxford, with a growing list.

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    Reading lists

    Check out the reading lists we have created around our tours and podcast, for further research and information.

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    Health Histories

    Learn more about local health histories through this educational tool developed and designed in collaboration with the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford.

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    Lesson Plans

    We have developed free lesson plans for teachers and educators.

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    Like-Minded Projects

    Other organisations are also doing great work!
    Learn about some other like-minded projects.

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    Local Partners

    We work with many institutions and organisations to develop our tours and projects. Check out our partners.

    Need a Guest Speaker?

    Do you need a guest speaker for your event or organisation? Get in touch to book one of our guides for a talk or lecture. Our prepared talks feature new ways of looking at local history, platforming diverse voices and stories from the past while highlighting the inherent complexities in historical memory.

    • Activists and Agitators: Engage with the stories of women who challenged the masculine structures of the city and university, pushing against stereotypes and finding new ways to make a name for themselves in Oxford and abroad. This lecture goes into the tense relationship women of the city have always had with university power structures and brings forward many struggles that women still feel in the modern experience of Oxford.
    • Oxford PPE – Power, Politics, and Empire: Oxford’s modern global reputation is a deeply entrenched in processes of British imperial expansion. It’s various disciplines were shaped around imperial knowledge, and many departments were founded to extend imperial power.
    • The History of Medicine at Oxford: Medicine has helped define the complex relationship between the city and the university over the past five centuries. This lecture covers the origins of medical study and teaching in the university, the history of anatomy and dissection in the city, the development and running of the John Radcliffe Hospital, and pivotal moments in medical research, such as the early trials with penicillin.

    Get in touch to arrange for a guest speaker for your next event!