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Trial and Sentencing at Oxford Castle Unlocked
5 April - 20 April Explore the world of trials and sentencing during the Easter holidays and in particular, help us judge Mary Blandy – did she poison her father by accident or was it a cleverly masterminded plan? Based on a real case at Oxford Castle from 1752, this half term caper will see families delve into the story of this 18th century maybe-murderess whilst travelling through the Saxon tower, the ancient crypt and the Georgian prison wing. Accompanied by an interactive trail and activity sheets, this Easter half term will see visitors turn judge and jury and decide Mary’s fate!

The ‘Trials and Sentencing’ event is the second in a series of half-term events throughout the year which follow the life of a prisoner at Oxford Castle, spanning trials, sentencing, hard labour, escape and culminating at October half term with execution.


OCU are launching a half term pass! Get admission to all five of our half term events during the year for one amazing price! Adults pay £15, Concessions are £12, and children are just £10.
Terms and conditions apply, see Oxford Castle Unlocked Events page for full details.

One Thousand Cranes: An Exhibition of Contemporary Paper Making at O3 Gallery
5 April - 27 April One Thousand Cranes will feature the work of a selection of the UK’s leading artists currently working in the medium of paper in a group exhibition showcasing some of the very best contemporary paper-cutting, origami and kirigami. Examining the various methods and techniques, both traditional and innovative which characterise paper art, this exhibition aims to explore the sculptural and graphic possibilities of paper whilst playfully reimagining the conventional uses of the medium as a marked surface such as in the printed word or cartography. Taking our title from the belief that the folding of one thousand origami cranes bestows eternal good luck on the folder, this exhibition will offer new perspectives on paper-making.

20th century architecture; Cecil Rhodes, Herbert Baker and Rhodes House
Wednesday 14 May, 5pm
Talk by by Geoffrey Tyack, Trustee and Fellow at Kellogg College.
Join us to learn more about Cecil Rhodes, his life and the remarkable architecture of this iconic building.
Key Learning Centre, Oxford Castle
Non Members £12, Members £8
Book online

Tour: Bartlemas Chapel, Cowley
Tuesday 27 May, 6pm
Come and visit the 14th century Chapel (Grade 1 listed) part of the earlier St Bartholomew's leper hospital and hear about the archaeological excavations with the East Oxford Archaeology Project.
Non Members £25, Members £20
Book online

Jarn Garden Party
Sunday June 8 3-5pm Jarn Garden, Boars Hill

Tour: Emery Art Gallery, Pembroke College
Tuesday 17 June, 2:30pm
Join us for a tour of one of the best collections of post World War II paintings in the country - including works by John Piper, Patrick Heron, Elizabeth Frink and Mary Feddon
Non Members £25, Members £20
Book online

Summer Theatre at Oxford Castle Unlocked
Two fantastic shows from local theatre companies to entertain the young and old alike, all performed in the historic castleyard.

From Sunday 22 June to Saturday 5 July, Oxford Theatre Guild presents The Canterbury Tales, directed by Janet Bolam.
Then, from Monday 7 to Saturday 19 July, Tomahawk Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Booking will be available online shortly.

OPT Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 1 July 4:45pm
Guest Speaker: Joanna van Heyningen, founder of the award winning design-led architectural practice van Heyningen and Haward, will outline the Oxford Design Review Panel and its role in planning across the City.
Free (donations welcome)
Maison Française, Norham Road

A big church of considerable ambition: the building of St Philip and St James
Thursday 3 July, 3pm
Talk by Dr William Whyte, Editor of the Oxfordshire Records Society.
Non Members £12, Members £8
St Philip & St James
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Archaeology Day
Sunday 13 July A series of lectures highlighting latest research across the city.
More details to follow

Oxford Open Doors 2014
13-14 September More details to follow

Apple Day
Wolvercote Orchard Sunday 5 October 2-4:40pm A taste of autumn.

A grand tour through some of wonderful historic country houses of Oxfordshire
Tuesday 7 October, 5pm
Talk by Oliver Cox, Fellow at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
Key Learning Centre
Non Members £12, Members £8
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Oxford Heritage Walks; on Foot from Broad Street
Wednesday 22 October,5pm
Malcolm Graham & Edith Gollnast discuss their work with OPT Director Debbie Dance
Key Learning Centre
Non Members £12, Members £8
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The Painted Rooms revisited
Tuesday 11 November, 5pm
Take a tour of the Painted Rooms in this Grade II* building with Julian Munby, Oxford Archaeology, and hear about the recent research on its history, significance and the rare Tudor wall paintings.
Non Members £12, Members £8
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Oxford Preservation Trust in 2014
Thursday 4 December, 5pm
Christmas lecture by the Director, followed by drinks
Key Learning Centre
Non Members £12, Members £10
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