Oxford Open Doors Live Streaming - Saturday 8 September

1.30pm Painted room – Debbie Dance

Oxford Preservation Trust’s Director, Debbie Dance, introduces this hidden gem with remarkably Elizabethan wall paintings, previously the Crown Tavern where Shakespeare stayed and at one time Sir John Betjeman's office. 

2pm Tolkien talk at The Weston Library – John Garth – Tolkien’s Creation

What drove Tolkien to create Middle-earth, and why is this achievement so unique? Are there any clues in the tale of divine world-creation that begins his mythology? Biographer John Garth goes in quest of its inspirations and far-reaching meanings.

3.30pm Tolkien talk at the Weston Library - Dr Stuart Lee - 'Bigger than Batman': The BBC's Tolkien in Oxford (1968), by Stuart Lee.

Join Dr Stuart Lee to piece together the story behind the 1968 BBC film, Tolkien in Oxford, and some recently discovered material previously assumed lost.

6.30pm Medieval Jewish Quarter walk 

Join historian Pam Manix for an insight into this little-known aspect of Oxford's Medieval History.