Museum launches community competition for re-opening season

Published: Monday, 27th September 2021

The Museum of Oxford will be re-opening on 11 October 2021 after a £2.8 million, 3-year refurbishment re-designing and re-modelling galleries and learning spaces to create bigger display areas, more opportunities for visitor interaction with exhibitions and even more space for public use.

To celebrate this, MOX has launched a special re-opening competition. Winning entries will be displayed in a special exhibition in the new galleries and will be featured on the Museum website, social media and in publicity.

The competition

You are invited to send in artwork on the theme “The People of Oxford and the History of the City”. There will be three categories to enter: individual, family and community groups. All winning entries will be displayed in the Museum and online. The individual category will win a £20 voucher for use in the new Museum of Oxford Gift Shop. The best family submission will receive a free family activity pass for one year. Top Community Group entries will have a private, guided tour of the new museum displays followed by refreshments with members of the Museum of Oxford team.

The MOX Creations Competition is open to anyone wanting to show their creative side, by making something to celebrate the re-opening of the Museum.

To enter

To enter the competition, clear image, video or sound files of the creation should be sent to by midday on 1 November, using the subject ‘MOX Creations’ and including a contact name and details, title of the work, plus age of the entrants. Community groups should include some details about their group including where they are based.

Submissions should be made by 1 November and can be in any artform from painting or poem to poster. It should include the words ‘Museum of Oxford’ and celebrate the city and its people. Entry to the competition is subject to terms and conditions as published on the museum website. 

The new museum

The Museum of Oxford is the only museum in the city that tells the story and history of the town and its inhabitants from prehistoric times to today. It was opened in 1975 in what was previously the Oxford Public Library in the city’s Town Hall. It was closed in 2018 for an extensive re-modelling project.

The new museum will be a hub for communities to share and explore their stories in new and exciting ways.

The winning competition entries will be seen alongside the opening exhibition that includes highlights from projects that have taken place during the period of closure:

  • Windrush Years, looking at the lives of Oxford’s Windrush generation and their descendants
  • Healing Spaces, about child healthcare in Oxford’s hospitals
  • Queering Spires, exploring the history of LGBTIQA+ spaces in the city
  • Mixing Matters, connecting communities and celebrating culinary heritage.


"We’re very excited about seeing people come back into the museum and emphasise how much this place is for them, telling their stories and their history. The competition is an opportunity to add even more of a community stamp by encouraging and displaying the work of local people in the heart of the city.”
Kate Toomey, the Museum’s Community Learning Manager