Events

Date: 19/10/17 to 18/03/18
Venue: Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3AZ

Explore the microbial world, antibiotics and technology through art.The internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu takes visitors on an artistic journey through infection, from the Romantic period to contemporary synthetic biology.Opening times: Tuesday - Sunday, 12-5pm

Date: 22/11/17
Venue: Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3AZ

Visit BioArt and Bacteria with the artist Anna Dumitriu and see the creative process behind the exhibition.No need to book.Part of the special exhibition Anna Dumitriu: BioArt and Bacteria

Date: 22/11/17
Venue: Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

Written language and alphabets are cultural creations, but our capacity to learn how to read and write is rooted in our biology. Professor Kate Nation describes recent progress in the science of learning to read.

Date: 24/11/17
Venue: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH

This international conference is held in conjunction with the exhibition Qu Leilei: A Chinese Artist in Britain, opening at the Ashmolean Museum in November 2017, showing the artist’s progression from calligraphic collage to an exploration of new ink language blending lively brushwork with western technique.The conference Qu Leilei: The Stars and After will discuss different aspects of Qu Leilei’s (b. 1951) painting and explore his story alongside those of fellow avant-garde ‘Stars Group’ members within the wider context of Chinese art history highlighting the impact of living in the West on individual artistic development. The conference will conclude with an in conversation event with Qu Leilei.Confirmed speakers are Katie Hill (Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London), Franziska Koch (University of Heidelberg), Eric Lefebvre (Cernuschi Museum, Paris), Yan Liu (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford), Alexandra Munroe (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York). The conversation will be chaired by Shelagh Vainker (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford).

Date: 25/11/17
Venue: Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX13PW

Investigate, experiment and discover surprising things with scientists from Oxford University at our big science fair bonanza. Ages 8+.

Date: 28/11/17
Venue: Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

The Bodleian’s Douce manuscripts include a curious volume of unpublished poems, MS. Douce 201, dated c.1750, and transcribed in a grand, uneven calligraphic hand. The six works it contains are English satires by an unknown author. Together they represent a uniquely obsessive act of homage to Alexander Pope, marked by expert engagement and deep resentment. Dr Paddy Bullard looks at recent research that has identified the author of MS. Douce 201, and uses it to piece together the extraordinary story of the manuscript’s creation.

Date: 30/11/17
Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3PW

Marking a new exhibition, Into the Woodlands, nature writer Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist Stanley Donwood discuss their collaboration on their bestselling book, Holloway. In addition to the talk there will be drinks, nibbles, and an opportunity to look at the exhibition.

Eight hundred years ago, the Charter of the Forest gifted public access to Britain’s woodlands, to be used and enjoyed by all. Marking this anniversary, and celebrating 75 years of Wytham Woods, this display features woodland-inspired work by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, Robin Wilson, Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley and Richard Lawrence.

Date: 01/12/17
Venue: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH

Until St George swept him aside, Edmund of Saint Edmundsbury was widely regarded as England’s patron Saint. Hear about the virtues which endeared him to our medieval ancestors.

Date: 02/12/17 to 03/12/17
Venue: Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4AZ

Discover a magical world away from the High Street at the Oxford Botanic Garden Christmas Fair. Escape the crowds and step inside a wonderland of hand-picked gifts, artisan food and family entertainment.

Browse for extra-special Christmas presents at over 30 stands in the heated marquee. Pause for a glass of mulled wine and some delicious artisan food, then follow the Alice in Wonderland trail around the walled garden before stopping for tea with the Mad Hatter.

Opening times:
Saturday 2 December, 10am-6pm
Sunday 3 December, 10am-4pm

Music programme:
Saturday 2 December: City of Oxford Silver Band (12pm to 2pm); Horns of Plenty (2pm-4pm)
Sunday 3 December: Cry Havoc (1pm-3pm)

Date: 02/12/17
Venue: Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3PP

See toys from around the world and then make your own to take home.

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