Oxford Brookes to open its doors to the local community

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

John Henry Brookes Building exterior

On the weekend of the 13-14 September 2014, Oxford Brookes will be welcoming people into the John Henry Brookes Building as part of the Oxford Preservation Trust’s Open Doors weekend.

Local neighbours, Oxfordshire residents and any interested visitors will be able to explore the new, multi-award-winning building.

The John Henry Brookes Building was recently judged to be one of the top 15 buildings in making the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Being a part of Open Doors is a fantastic opportunity for Oxford Brookes to show people just some of what happens here, the exciting 150th anniversary celebrations coming up next year, as well as some of the amazing research and work currently being undertaken across the University.

A number of fun interactive activities will take place as part of the weekend.

On Saturday 13 September, we are inviting families with children to create some tasty masterpieces, build cities of the future and magnify the world around them (11am and 3pm).

Between 12pm and 1pm, we’re delighted to have local author, Bryan Brown, give a taste of his upcoming biography on John Henry Brookes, the outstanding educationalist and founding spirit of the University.

John Henry Brookes Building interior

Throughout the weekend, visitors can explore the new building on one of the hourly guided tours or step into 1865 for a glimpse at our founding institution, the Oxford School of Art.

For those who are looking to relax, all of the buildings new cafés and restaurants will be open so visitors can grab a coffee, or a bite to eat.

Visitors to our Headington Campus will also be able to view the three inspiring exhibitions that we are hosting as part of Photography Oxford 2014.

The exhibitions will be available for a sneak peek on Saturday 13 September, before formally opening as part of Photography Oxford which runs from Sunday 14 September until Sunday 5 October.

The three exhibitions will be held in the Abercrombie Building’s Glass Tank Exhibition Space and surrounding outdoor spaces on the Headington Campus. They will feature images from the prestigious ‘World Press Photo 2014’, On Solid Ground from Panos Pictures and a project led by our students and featuring images submitted by the local community entitled Home.

The exciting weekend is just the start, with our 150th anniversary next year we are planning a whole host of interesting and awe-inspiring activities and events, be sure to watch this space!

For more details about what’s happening around Oxford and at Oxford Brookes for Open Doors, visit www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk.

More information on the three exhibitions being held at the University as part of Photography Oxford is available online.

150th anniversary: celebrating our roots in 1865