Sunday, July 6, 2008

Oxford: The old school post box

Oxford: The detail in the doorway

Oxford: The bike

There were bikes absolutely everywhere.

Oxford: One of the churches

There was a very cute organic restaurant in the church crypt that served you in the garden.

Oxford: The Bodleian Library

Oxford: The Bodleian Library

Oxford: Science Museum

Oxford: Science Museum

The Science Museum has a big collection of various scientific tools such as astrolabes(including one of Queen Elizabeth's), globes, etc... They also have Einstein's blackboard(above).

Oxford: Trinity College

The lovely Trinity College which counts Francis Bacon, Bertrand Russell, and Vladimir Nabokov as alumni(among others).

Oxford: The hotel


Oxford: The Sheldonian Theatre


Oxford: The Ashmolean

Below Pohantan's mantle...

The museum has a special room to show all it's treasures(the extra special ones). Included in the treasure room is Pohatan's mantle and Oliver Cromwell's death mask.

Oxford: The Ashmolean

The Ashmolean; a massive magpie like collection of all sorts of objets d'art. An interesting visit, but there's a huge renovation project on until 2011, so just a fraction of the collection was displayed. Here's what the website had to say...

With the opening of its doors on 24th May 1683, the Ashmolean Museum provided a setting in which the private collection emerged into the public domain. Even the use of the term 'Museum' was a novelty in English: a few years later the 'New World of Words' (1706) defined it as 'a Study, or Library; also a College, or Publick Place for the Resort of Learned Men', with a specific entry for 'Ashmole's Museum', described as 'a neat Building in the City of Oxford'.

The collection presented to the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole (1617–92) was in origin already half a century old by this time, having been founded by John Tradescant (d.1638) and displayed to the public (for a fee), first by him and later by his son John (1608–62) in their dwelling house at Lambeth, widely known as 'The Ark'. The contents were universal in scope, with man-made and natural specimens from every corner of the known world.


I had a wonderful full weekend off, and took the Oxford Tube down to the great town for a bit of sightseeing. The place was beautiful, but jammed packed full of tourists(well I suppose I counted as one as well). Here's the photo evidence of the daytrip. Above is the Radcliffe Camera.

New bargain bike