Oxford Castle & Prison Oxford Castle at 950 years - son et lumiere - Friday 19 November, between 6pm and 10pm

Friday, November 19, 2021 - 18:00 to 22:00
Venue: 
Oxford Castle & Prison

Come and join us to celebrate the 950th anniversary of Oxford Castle - all are welcome! 

This event is free, but please let us know you are coming by registering in advance via Eventbrite.

For the first time in its long history, the castle will host a full-scale projection.

Created by sound and light artists in collaboration with researchers, we will be sharing a video projected onto the side of the Castle as part of a unique and free public event. 

Oxford Castle – 950 years - Different roads lead to the same castle*  

*George R. R. Martin 

Come join us in the open air outside the Oxford Castle! Watch the stunning projection onto the Castle and join in with our socially-distanced interactive games.  

Woven into the fabric of the city, the ancient patchwork walls of Oxford Castle sit in the centre of the city. For the last 950 years, the castle has been part of the human narrative – connecting with the local, national and international characters.  

Kings, princesses and prisoners have crossed the threshold here – as a castle it was built to keep people out. As a prison, it was rebuilt to keep people in – now, sound and projection artists have come together with local historians, researchers from the University of Oxford and people from across the City have come together to tell their story of the castle and the city, bringing their ideas and stories together to create this unique video projection piece.  

For the first time, town and gown come together to tell a shared and diverse history of inclusion and exclusion of Oxford’s Castle. 

This event is part of the Humanities Cultural Programme and is a collaboration between several key partners: Oxford Preservation Trust and it's Castle Committee, Oxford Castle & Prison (Continuum); researchers through TORCH in the Humanities Division, University of Oxford. 

The event is also part of the national Being Human Festival, and the Oxford Christmas Light Festival. 

With thanks to the creative artists Ross Ashton (Projection Studio) and Karen Monid (Sound Artist).

With thanks to contributors: 

Prof Steven Gunn (History), Prof William Whyte (History), Prof Wes Williams (Medieval and Modern Languages),  Prof Patrick McGuinness (Medieval and Modern Languages), Prof Sally Shuttleworth (English), Dr Sally Frampton (Theology), Tom Hassall, Julian Munby, Mark Davies, Debbie Dance, and all members of the OPT Castle Committee. 

Original project idea brought together by Dr Victoria McGuinness (Humanities Division) and Debbie Dance (Oxford Preservation Trust). 

With thanks to Tasha Patel, Creative Industries Officer. 

The event is funded by the Humanities Cultural Programme, HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund) as part of Knowledge Exchange (Creative Industries), the KE Seed Fund, and a private donation. 

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