On 1 February, year one students of architecture and interior architecture at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture held an inaugural Lantern Festival in Warneford Meadow. Inspired by the lantern festivals held by students at the Bauhaus school of art in Germany between the wars, lanterns were made and an event in the meadow planned. Neighbours in the adjacent hospitals, houses, golf club and care homes were invited and there was also a good turn-out of other students from Oxford Brookes University. This gave us the opportunity to learn more about Warneford Meadow and the people who use it.
The event was designed to start with a giant game of “infection” where one’s lantern was lit after meeting someone with an already lit lantern. As the meadow became illuminated this transformed into a game of “snake” with everyone walking through the meadow, joining the procession.