Oxford Open Doors: Sarah's Picks

This weekend is Oxford Open Doors 2010; the perfect time to get out and explore Oxford, with many unseen and hidden parts of the city and university open to the public for one weekend only! After browsing the many events happening over the weekend, I have picked my top three personal favourites:

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Inside the Museum of Natural History Saturday 11th September 1pm - 4pm Handle live insects with the staff on the Entomology department... The reason I would highly recommend this is that I worked here for a year and used to spend time in an office shared with tanks containing cockroaches & spiders! I didn't mind the cockroaches as the Madagascan hissing ones were actually quite shiny & pretty in their own way, but I'm not a spider fan, so I used to keep a wary eye on that tank when I had to walk past it! Whether you're an insect fan or not, this will be great fun with the fantastic staff at the museum.

Divinity School

Entrance to the Divinity School Sunday 12th September 11am - 5pm This has to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Oxford where you can really get a sense of the depth of the history of the University. The beautiful gothic vaulted ceiling is truly amazing and will have you rubbing the stiffness out of your neck after spending so long gazing up at it! The Divinity School is also one of the many Oxford locations used for filming Harry Potter, starring as the hospital wing of Hogwarts!

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

University Church of St Mary the Virgin Saturday 11th September 9 am - 1 pm Sunday 12th September 1 pm - 5 pm I'm someone who is very interested in both Church and Tudor history, which makes The University Church another of my top choices for places to visit in Oxford. The church was the site of the trial of the Oxford Martyrs (Latimer, Ridley & Cranmer) who were then burned at the stake in Broad Street under the reign of Mary I, eldest daughter of Henry VIII. The sight where they were burned at the stake can be found marked with a white cross of cobbles in the road at the top of Broad Street. I hope that you find time to discover something new in our wonderful city during Open Doors; it has so much history and so many hidden gems. Enjoy it!

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