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The Oxford Story

Recognised as an excellent introduction to Oxford, The Oxford Story Exhibition captures the very essence of the University’s and the City’s fascinating and enigmatic 800 year history.

Located within an extensive and historic three storey former book warehouse, and designed by the team which created the world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre, here you climb aboard Europe’s longest indoor “dark” ride to explore the University’s early beginnings and fascinating facts behind its record-breaking discoveries.

On your relaxing journey through scenes from the University’s past, Magnus Magnusson (Jesus College 1948-1951) tells of the writers, scientists, politicians and eccentrics who all had a role in the Oxford Story.

New for 1999/2000 – an introductory film on the “Student Life”, which captures the very flavour of life as an Oxford student and answers many questions such as: How many colleges are there?  What is a tutorial?

Enjoy Europe’s longest “dark” ride, where you will encounter 14th century town riots between “town and gown”, the Tudor threat to the colleges and Oxford as the capital of Charles I’s realm – right through 800 years of history.

The "dark" ride

Explore Oxford University's history!

Explore Oxford University's history!

Explore Oxford University's history!

At the end of the ride visitors can learn about a new chapter of The Oxford Story.  ‘Innovate’, a brand new interactive exhibition looks at the University today and explores some of the ground breaking research being undertaken by it’s scientists.

Using touch screen technology, visitors can quiz world-leading experts from Oxford University on modern day issues such as heart disease, climate change and memory ageing.  Multi-media displays demonstrate how the research coming out of the University today will affect your future.