Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.
Early medieval Oxford: the landscape setting, origins of the city and development of the late Saxon town; Norman Oxford, its castle and defences; the houses and churches of the medieval town.
The medieval university: the origins of the university in the late 12th century; student learning and life in academic halls; the curriculum; the arrival of colleges and their architectural impact on the town.
16th – 17th century Oxford: the late medieval university and the impact of the Reformation and dissolution of the monasteries on the urban scene; the rebuilding of Oxford in the 17th century, and the new science and learning.
18th – 19th century Oxford: building activity in a quiet century, and rapid growth thereafter; the creation of the dreaming spires in art and literature; new churches, laboratories and museums.
19th – 20th century Oxford: a walk round Victorian Oxford, with break for coffee. In the afternoon, a bus excursion to 20th-century Oxford colleges, and the historic landscape with views of Oxford and its famous skyline.
Destinations: New College, Sheldonian Theatre, University Museum, St Catherine's College, Wolfson College, Wolvercote, & Boars Hill
Excursion Rating: Demanding
More than two hours' walk on even ground or up to two hours' walk on rough and/or steep ground or up lots of stairs and steps.