7 September 2016

Open Doors, 10–11 September – come into our venues for free

If you love Oxford then don’t miss the chance to visit some of its most remarkable buildings for free this weekend, 10–11 September.

Oxford Open Doors is a celebration of Oxford across all walks of life – its places and its people. It is organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust.

We are opening our doors at the Examination Schools, Sheldonian Theatre, Osler House and St Luke’s Chapel. We are offering guided tours, free concerts and much more. Further details are below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 10 September

Community Information Fair – the University is organising an information fair from 1–4pm at the Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library. There will be a range of staffed information stands to showcase the enormous range of services and events available from University departments, colleges, libraries and collections to local residents and visitors all year round. The Venues team will be at stand 13 so do come along to chat to us more about your event requirements, find out about our latest offers, sign up to our newsletter and receive a free goodie bag.

St Luke’s Chapel – open from 9.30am–4pm. St Luke’s Chapel, a Grade II listed building built in a gothic architectural style, was formerly the church for the Old Radcliffe Hospital. Come in and see how this beautiful chapel, now deconsecrated, has been restored by the University’s Estates Services Department.

Sunday 11 September

Examination Schools – open from 10am–4pm. This is a rare opportunity to explore and discover the Examination Schools. You can do a self-guided visit or book onto a guided tour to see additional areas and learn more about the architecture, history and uses of this beautiful and versatile building.

Sheldonian Theatre – open from 10am–4pm. As well as being able to tour this historic theatre, you will have also access to the attic with its impressive beams and exhibition boards, and the cupola, which provides fantastic views over the City and the surrounding countryside. We have talks planned in the theatre throughout the day, a free local choir performance between 2–2.30pm and a classical music concert at 4pm. Seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so get there early to secure your place!