Discover Oxford’s Tudor accidents - and help fund the Museum of Oxford redevelopment

Published: Wednesday, 8th November 2017

Are you interested in exploring the hidden histories and accidents of Tudor Oxford?

The Museum of Oxford is inviting residents of Oxford to an interesting and comical evening of the tales of historical misfortune at ‘A Night of Local Tudor Accidents’.

Join the Museum of Oxford, alongside Steven Gunn, Professor of History at Oxford University for a journey through some of Oxford and Oxfordshire’s Tudor accidents.

The event, which is taking place on Friday 10 November, starting at 7pm in The Old Museum, will take you on a journey throughout local Tudor history, from a sledgehammer competition that went wrong in Ardington, to a bowls on ice incident on the Cherwell, and even a bear attack in North Oxford.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get involved in object handling and to take part in the historical ‘How Did They Die?’ game, as well as have access to barge bar (cash only).

Tickets cost £10, plus booking fees and includes a drink, with profits from the event going towards fundraising for the Museum of Oxford redevelopment.

The transformation, called Oxford’s Hidden Histories, will tell the story of Oxford, the people and communities within it.

The project will see the Old Museum, which was closed in 2011, transformed to create a new, purpose-built space with the capacity to increase the number of exhibits from 286 to 750.

The museum team is currently working up the plans for the new museum, with the aim of submitting the funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year.

Work is hoping to start in 2018, with the opening of the new Museum of Oxford taking place in 2020.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Executive Board Member for Culture and Communities, said: “This is one of many opportunities the Museum of Oxford is providing residents of Oxford to get involved in their redevelopment process. Oxford has a fascinating history and ‘A Night of Local Tudor Accidents’ will provide us with an insight into this.”

For more information, and to book your ticket, please go to Eventbrite or email the Museum of Oxford team.