Live Friday at the Ashmolean

Tuesday, 11 February 2014


Oxford Brookes is to hold an historic event to announce the University's 150th anniversary celebrations.

Hosted jointly with the Ashmolean Museum, Live Friday will take place on Friday March 14. The Ashmolean sits alongside the Taylorian Institute where Brookes began life as the Oxford School of Art in a single room in 1865.

The museum’s displays of priceless artefacts will provide the backdrop to performances, workshops and exhibitions from Brookes students, staff and alumni entitled ‘Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets’.

In a feast for the senses, visitors will be able to talk to humanoid robots, listen to unsigned singing stars of the future and use pioneering eye tracking technology to understand how we look at paintings.

Among many other displays they will be able to turn their smartphones into microscopes, see racing cars built by students, many of whom will progress to F1 teams, and see a mountain bike made from bamboo.

With Brookes' 150th anniversary celebrations beginning officially in September 2014, the evening will be the first of a series of events planned to celebrate the University's rich heritage and ambitious future in the new John Henry Brookes Building at Headington.

The evening will be one of the Ashmolean's regular Live Fridays at which the museum comes alive after closing time. Thousands of people enjoy Live Fridays, where they explore glittering collections and encounter exciting and sometimes surprising performances and displays.

June Girvin, Dean of Faculty (Heath and Life Sciences) and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations at Oxford Brookes said:

"Our anniversary celebrations will explore Brookes' presence in the lives of its staff, students, stakeholders and partners, and its place in a range of communities. We will be looking forward to a bright and influential future symbolised by our new buildings and the enhancement they will bring to students' learning experience and the working lives of our staff. It is also, of course, a great opportunity to look back and reflect on Oxford Brookes' rich history and the contribution it has made to lives, businesses and communities over the years. We want to share that reflection and celebration and our future aspirations with as many people as possible.

"The Live Friday event is a chance for people in and of Oxford to meet our academics and students and have their interest piqued by our research, and delighted by our performance talents. It really does promise to be an intriguing and entertaining evening – and all wrapped up in one of the best venues in town!"

You can find 2015 news and updates at these dedicated webpages and get involved in the conversation at: #brookes2015 and #LiveFriday or visit Brookes’ 2015 social wall.