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Madness and Mayhem in Oxford

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Presentation to Georgetoen University Summer School, Oxford July 2008.

Presentation to Georgetoen University Summer School, Oxford July 2008.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. The official history
    • 912 First written reference to Oxford
    • 1122 First Mayor of Oxford
    • 1187 The University first reported
    • 1224 First Chancellor
    • 1249 University College founded
    • 1338 Subjugation of the town to the university
    • 1458 Duke Humfrey’s Library opens
    • 1602 Bodleian Library opens
    • 1893 First women gain Oxford degrees
    • 1898 Morris Garages founded
    • 1995 Templeton College receives Royal Charter
  • 3. The unofficial history
  • 4. The unofficial history /2
    • 1002 Massacre of the Danes in Oxford
    • 1142 Queen Matilda escapes across the ice from Oxford Castle
    • 1209 First town/gown clash. Some surviving scholars leave to found Cambridge University
    • 1334 Masters and Scholars try to leave Oxford for Stamford
    • 1354 St Scholastica’s Day riot
    • 1605 King’s Arms public house built in honour of James I
  • 5. St Scholastica’s Day Riot
    • Tuesday 10th Feb 1354
    • Swyndlestock Tavern
    • Don’t criticise the ale!
    • “ Slea, slea, havock, havock, smyt fast, give gode knocks!”
    • 120 dead
    • One of the oldest prison towns in the country
    • ‘ Gown’ takes its revenge for the next 500 years
  • 6. The Oxford Colleges
  • 7. The Oxford Colleges
  • 8. Some definitions..
    • Commoner undergraduate without a scholarship
    • Don a Spanish title for members of the teaching staff of the University
    • Fellows elected senior members of a College, a self- governing corporation
    • Freshers newly-arrived students
    • Proctors officers of the University police
    • Scout a servant employed by the College to look after the gentlemen on a staircase
    • Up from whatever point of the compass, students always come ‘up’ to Oxford
  • 9. Eccentric dons
    • Eating well!
      • James Woodforde, 1774
      • Gourmand’s epitaph
    • Arrogance & oneupmanship
      • “ but, my dear, she has a gamma mind”
    • Fellowships at All Souls’
      • Cherry stones
      • Entrance exam
    • The three ages of dons
      • Youth
      • Middle Age
      • ‘ You’re Looking Very Well’
  • 10. Student life
    • William Laud’s Code 1636
      • Dealt with every detail of University life
      • Idling about/frequenting harlots
      • Survived until 1864
    • University discipline
      • The role of the Proctors
  • 11. Student life
    • William Laud’s Code 1636
      • Dealt with every detail of University life
      • Idling about/frequenting harlots
      • Survived until 1864
    • University discipline
      • The role of the Proctors
  • 12. The Oxford tutorial
    • tutor
      • a Fellow appointed by a College to look after the studies and (diminishingly) the morals of students
    • tutorial
      • or ‘tute’; an hour set aside for a student or small group of students, to take work to a tutor and submit it for comment and discussion
    • the purpose of education (Professor Smith 1914)
  • 13. The unofficial history /3
    • 1646 Oxford surrenders to ‘Parliament’
    • 1665 Court move to Oxford to escape Plague
    • 1829 First Oxford & Cambridge boat race
    • 1874 ‘dreaming spires’ (Matthew Arnold)
    • 1959 Cutteslowe Walls demolished
    • 1996 College named after breakfast cereal
  • 14. Outsider’s view of Oxford
  • 15. The bonuses of living in Oxford
  • 16. THANK YOU! [email_address]