The Museum of Oxford is holding a Sporting Oxford Collecting Day in the Town Hall on Saturday 29 June, and residents are being invited to bring their sporting stories and objects along to share.
The idea of the event is to ask people to bring along stories and, if they have them, objects that relate to sporting events, memories, teams or achievements in Oxford. It can be anything, from a medal you received for running the Oxford half marathon, to a story you have about your first trip to the Oxford Stadium. The objects will be photographed and the stories captured for the museum’s digital archive, and potentially used in the renovated museum.
The Museum of Oxford is currently undergoing a £3.2m redevelopment. The Oxford Hidden Histories redevelopment aims to tell the often-overlooked story of Oxford, its people and its communities through exhibits, objects and new oral histories.
Through the redevelopment, the Old Museum, which was partially closed in 2011, will be transformed to increase the size and the number of objects on display from 286 objects to around 750.
Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Centre, said “Drop in to the Town Hall between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 29 June with your story, and object if you have one. Our friendly team will record and preserve your memories and stories online and potentially in the new Museum, so that others can enjoy them.
“We will talk to them about their story and object before we take a photograph of it. People then take their objects away with them. We are the only museum in Oxford that tells the story of the people who live here, and we want to capture current Oxford life as well as showing Oxford from the past. It is all part of preserving and recording stories and aspects of our history that are rarely told.”