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Museum of Oxford

Museum of Oxford - Introduction

Jericho KitchenThe only museum in Oxford to tell  the unique story of the city and its people, from prehistoric times to the  present day. Exhibits range from a mammoth's tooth to a "Morris Motor" car  engine. Treasures from archaeological excavations include a preserved Roman  pottery kiln, a wealth of Medieval pottery and a whole pavement of cattle bones.

Oxford CharterThe museum houses many fine  paintings, and furniture salvaged from old Oxford houses. Visitors can also see  atmospheric room settings which include an Elizabethan Inn, a college room, a  Victorian kitchen on wash day and a 1930's living room. Other displays include  replica college treasures, a rescued college barge, and the town's first charter  of 1192, one of the oldest in England,showing the 'Ox' and the 'Ford'.

Opening Times, Admission and Events are available

The museum has an  ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions ranging from the Suffragettes to  Alice in Wonderland. The current exhibition is Local Colour - Watercolours and sketches of Oxford and its neighbourhood  by James Allen Shuffrey. It runs from 10  September - 27 October 2002


2 November 2002 - 16 February  2003
Food For  Thought

From the eating habits of our  prehistoric ancestors to the latest food fads. This exhibition celebrates the  rich and diverse culture of food and the city.

16 - 30 November 2002
Tranquil  Brush
Tranquil Brush are a group of 14  members, practising the art of Chinese Brush Painting. The paintings are in the  style of the old masters creating peace and tranquillity.

1 March - 6 April 2003
The Image of Women in Advertising - from Victorian times to  today

This History of Advertising Trust  exhibition tells the story of how women have been treated by advertisers from  130 years ago until the present day.

Past Exhibitions
2001 Alice in  Wonderland
2001 A Space  Odyessy

Educational  Workshops
The Museum provides a number of  educational workshops based around the requirements of the National Curriculum  for schools. The activities available include guided tours, handling sessions  and specialist workshops.

The exhibits in the galleries relate to KS1, KS2 and KS3  Programmes of Study and worksheets are available on the following topics  (clipboards and pencils are provided).

Study Unit 1:

Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings in  Britain

Study Unit 2:

Life in Tudor  Times

Study Unit 3a:

Victorian Britain

Study Unit 3b:

Britain since 1930

Study Unit 5:

Local history

Available workshops

· Medieval Rubbish
· Washday Blues! ~ Life in Victorian Oxford
· A City at War! ~ Oxford and  the English Civil War

Museum Tours
Guided  tours are available by museum staff. Please phone for details and  prices.

Language Schools
Language school  packs are available with translations in French and German. These have been  designed to help foreign language students visiting the  Museum.

How to book
Large groups are advised to book in advance (maximum group  size 32).

Teachers booking a tour are provided with an information pack to assist  them in visit planning.

Making the most of your  visit
To enable children to get the most  out of their visit to the Museum it is advisable for the class teacher or group  leader to make a preliminary visit to familiarise themselves with the museum and  available resources. Admission is free of charge for preparatory visits. For  educational enquiries please email the Education Officer

How to get  there
Oxford City Council's Museum of  Oxford is centrally located in the City's historic own Town Hall Building, and  is entered just off Carfax on the corner of Blue Boar Street. The Museum is a  short walking distance from Gloucester Green coach station and City Information  Centre, and ten minutes' walk from the train station. Coaches and buses can drop  and collect passengers at nearby Oxpens. Car travellers may leave cars all day  at the City's park-and-ride car parks (ten minute service from St  Aldates).

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