Brookes celebrates the 22 May: the day The Oxford School of Art opened in 1865

Wednesday, 06 May 2015

22 May

Oxford Brookes University will celebrate their official 150th anniversary on the 22 May; the exact day The Oxford School of Art opened its doors at the Taylor Institution in 1865.

Guests including alumni and friends of Oxford Brookes have been invited to attend a celebration performance Educating Oxford written by Ms Anna Glynn and produced by the esteemed actor-players of Flintlock Theatre. 

The performance will be held in the library of the Taylor Institution, where it all began 150 years ago. Beginning with the origins of Oxford Brookes, the performance will tell the story of the development of the institution, the social changes which happened around it and the people who were the driving force behind the institution flourishing into the international institution it is today. Told in the unique, minimal and interactive style of Flintlock Theatre, audience members should expect to be taken to the heart of the story.

I am particularly pleased that we are able to celebrate our anniversary in the very building where it all began 150 years ago, in the Taylor Institution.

Prof Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University

Ms Glynn said: “As an Oxford theatre company, it was a great honour to be invited to create this original piece of theatre. Flintlock Theatre is known for our highly physical, immersive storytelling which puts the audience front and centre of the theatrical experience and this piece will be no different. 
“Our aim will be to make our audience feel a part of the 150-year journey whilst accurately and sensitively representing the contributions of some very special individuals in developing the university, not least the man himself – John Henry Brookes.”

Oxford Brookes have a long-standing partnership with Flintlock Theatre and in the past have worked with us on various projects and events. Many of our drama students go on work placements at Flintlock Theatre during their studies. 

Vice Chancellor Alistair Fitt said: “The event on the 22 May marks a significant day in Oxford Brookes’ history. I am particularly pleased that we are able to celebrate our anniversary in the very building where it all began 150 years ago, in the Taylor Institution."

“I have no doubt that Flintlock Theatre has the expertise, creativity and flair to tell our story in the most compelling and engaging way possible.”

The performance will commence at 4pm and last 30 minutes. Although attendance to this event is by invitation only, members of the public will have the opportunity to see the performance at this year’s Oxford Open Doors in November. 

Our full history can be explored via our digital timeline which can be found on the 150th anniversary webpages.