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Museum of Oxford Digital Exhibitions

Digital Exhibitions

Welcome to Museum of Oxford Digital Exhibitions. 

Highlight Exhibitions


Pink Times cover announcing the opening of the Oxford Lesbian & Gay Community Centre on St Michael's Street

Queering Spires

This exhibition highlights the history of Oxford's LGBTIQA+ spaces. 

From an informal trans* meeting room to a lesbian & gay community centre, from pubs to outdoor bathing places, our local LGBTIQA+ communities have been creating spaces for themselves for decades. Oxford’s streets and buildings are rich in the stories of those places and the people who created them together. This online exhibition is an attempt to share some of these stories with wider audiences.

The exhibition was first displayed at the Museum of Oxford (MOX) in 2019 and then again in 2022. It was the result of a partnership between MOX, Oxford Pride and a community heritage project, Tales of Our City. It was curated by a steering group of Oxford citizens who identify as or with LGBTIQA+.

At the 2020 Museums and Heritage show, the exhibition won the Sustainable Project of the Year award, in recognition of our efforts to minimise the waste and carbon footprint associated with the exhibition.

LGBTIQA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, and asexual. The + sign represents many other groups and identities within the community.

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Windrush Years - Next Generations

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush ship to London. 539 people from the West Indies/Caribbean responded to the call from the Mother Country for labour in post war Britain.

In 2016, the Museum of Oxford formed partnerships with the Afrikan and Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative (ACKHI) and the Ber-Bedo Kelo Lonyo United Women’s Organisation (BKLUWO) to develop an exhibition project to mark the anniversary.

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Mixing Matters

Mixing Matters is a project celebrating the rich culinary heritage of Oxford's communities.

Started through a partnership with the Oxford Hindu Temple & Community Centre Project, it has involved three other community groups. Participants brought food-related objects which carried meaningful memories, which they shared with others. Inspired by the objects, participants created collaborative art pieces. Favourite recipes were also shared during the sessions. At the end of the project, participants cooked their favourite foods and shared them in a community feast, open to all.

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A nice cup of tea

This project looked behind the familiar English cuppa to the history of Empire and transatlantic slavery with which it is intimately linked.

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Voices of Cowley Road

From September 2021 to March 2022, the Museum of Oxford’s Heritage Trainee (Sif Lærke-Hall) developed an oral history project based on the experiences and memories of people living, working, playing, and going to school on the Cowley Road.

Explore this digital exhibition to read stories, hear real voices, and see photographs of Cowley Road.

To view the exhibition, click here.

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Digital Exhibitions