Having spent much of the previous day in St Peter’s College completing their academic commitments, the students were keen to venture out and learn more about the life of in Oxford.
Students were taken out for cultural excursions around the city. First on the list was the Ashmolean, which students had previously glimpsed earlier in the week during the scavenger hunt, but had yet to explore. The 17th-century building first came into existence to house the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677; and, having opened in 1683, it has the distinction of being the oldest university museum in the world. The world-famous collections range from ancient Egyptian mummies right through to contemporary modern art, telling a real story of human history. Students seemed to particularly love the anthropology section, which was lucky―the next stop was the Pitt Rivers Museum of Anthropology.
Founded in 1884, the museum displays over half a million archaeological and ethnographic objects from all over the world. The students took a real interest in the weapons section of the display, able to walk down from flint and stone daggers, past Renaissance muskets, right through to some modern weapons of today.
As dusk fell, students embarked on the theatrical Oxford Ghost Tour. The costumed guide entertained and led students through one of the most historically haunted cities in Britain. Students stood on the very spot of Archbishop Cranmer’s death, where he was burnt alive at the stake in 1556. The manhole cover to mark the spot remains unchanged to this day. Students were then taken into a dance to let off steam before bed, and practice their moves ahead of tomorrow!
Tomorrow the students celebrate at the mid-session ‘British Seaside’ themed party at St Catherine’s College. Stay tuned for updates and lots of photos.