Museum community projects

Here at the Museum of Oxford, we are always seeking to build relationships with local groups and to introduce new audiences to our galleries. We work with a wide range of community groups in a busy programme of projects throughout the year.

From short art projects to creative writing, from photography workshops to exhibitions entirely curated by community members, we welcome enquiries from all community groups based within the city regardless of age, background or ability.

To get involved or to find out more, please contact us.

Current projects

Queering Spires: A history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in Oxford

Our current project is looking at mapping and recording the histories of Oxford’s many queer spaces, from pubs and clubs to organisations and publications, aiming to centre personal memories and experiences and represent a diverse range of perspectives. Delivered in partnership with Tales of Our City and Oxford Pride, the project is guided by a steering group whose members are representatives of a range of Oxford’s LGBTIQA+ organisations.

Focusing on Oxford’s history within living memory, we are collecting information, documents, photographs, objects and audiovisual records of a number of different spaces. These will be part of a temporary exhibition at the Oxford Town Hall (7 September – 20 December 2019). A programme of events – talks, workshops and walks – will accompany the exhibition.

The spaces we currently have on our list are:

  • The Brewery Gate pub
  • The Royal Blenheim pub
  • The White Rabbit pub
  • The Gay and Lesbian Community Centre at Northgate Hall
  • Evening events/discos: Red Box night, Babylove Bar/Poptarts, Molly, Women’s Centre on Cowley Rd, Wheatsheaf and others
  • Publications: Pink Times, Gayzette
  • Parson’s Pleasure and Dame’s Delight
  • Oxford Friend
  • Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Coven
  • Other spaces which may yet come to light - if there's anything that you can think of which isn't shown here, please send us your suggestions!

Get involved

Do you have memories to share about any of these spaces? Do you have a box full of photos, a few leaflets or maybe an old pub sign? We are looking for people who would like to be interviewed about their memories, and who can lend documents and objects (photos, flyers, posters, letters, etc) for the exhibition so we’d love to hear from you if that’s something you can help us with.

There are a number of volunteer roles as part of this project, for example:

  • Researching and writing exhibition content;
  • Organising events;
  • Transcribing oral histories;
  • Interviewing and recording oral histories.

We are also looking for creative input so if you’re an artist with an idea for a workshop or a piece to be included in the exhibition, please get in touch!

Contact

For any enquiries related to the project and to get involved, please contact the project officer, Marta Lomza, at [email protected] or 01865 529404.

Project logo: an outline of skyline with the Oxford spires, and text which reads Queering Spires: A history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in Oxford

 

Past projects

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