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Virtual event via Zoom - The Pitt Rivers Museum 'a dream that failed' - Tuesday 11 August, 5pm

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:00
Virtual event via Zoom

Join us for this fascinating talk with OPT Vice-President, Professor Malcolm Airs.

The proposal in 1966 to build a new Pitt Rivers Museum in the Banbury Road with an enormous circular glazed roof to a design by the internationally  renowned Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi was greeted with great excitement in the architectural world. The University administration was less enthusiastic due to its size and form but went along with the vision of the newly-appointed Curator, Bernard Fagg.

The site extended eastwards from Banbury Road and involved the demolition of 5 detached villas on the Banbury Road frontage and 11 houses in Bradmore Road at the rear. Such a radical change to the character of the North Oxford suburb prompted a growing conservation lobby which secured the listing of two of the Banbury Road villas and the extension of the conservation area to cover the whole site. Nevertheless planning permission was granted in 1967.

However, the University failed to raise the necessary funds for the new building and the project was abandoned in favour of a more modest scheme that retained the Banbury Road villas. Even that failed to be completed and the Pitt Rivers has remained on its original site to become one of the most visited attractions in the city. The North Oxford location is now the home of Kellogg College with all the Bradmore Road and Banbury  Road houses intact.

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