Museum of Oxford founders return for talks about how museums have changed over last 40 years

Published: Friday, 4th March 2016

Four people who helped set-up the Museum of Oxford in the 1970s will return to the museum for an evening of talks about how museums have changed over the last 40 years.

The founders, Crispin Paine, Martyn Heighton, Sarah Medlam and Jon Hall, will be joined by Professor Nicholas Mayhew, a former deputy director of collections at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

The event, called English Museums and Change, will take place in the Museum of Oxford’s Old Museum, St Aldates’, on Tuesday 8 March between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Following the talks, which will see the five speakers discuss their take on how museums have changed over the last 40 years, the speakers will take part in a panel discussion.

This event will be hosted by MoOFs (Museum of Oxford Friends) and all money raised will go towards the Museum’s development. Tickets cost £5 for non-members of MoOFs and are free for members.

The Museum of Oxford celebrated its 40th anniversary last year with a series of events, including an exhibition, called 40 Years, 40 Objects, which remembered the history of Oxford over the last 40 years through 40 objects donated by local residents.

In January, the museum received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the development of the Museum of Oxford. The £2.2m project will almost treble the exhibition space and reopen the Old Museum.

The Museum of Oxford receives more than 75,000 visitors every year, and engages more than 100 people as volunteers.

For more information about the museum, and to book tickets for the English Museums and Change event, please visit our Museum of Oxford pages.