Keble College, Oxford
Oxford is a city brimming with the past, the current and the future; a cacophony of history all blended into a modern, bustling city. We have chosen to hold Cambridge Conference in Oxford in 2017 due to the outstanding facilities and ease of travel. Added to that, it’s an outstanding location!
There has been a settlement on the site of Oxford ever since the Bronze Age and it was the location of several well-known historical events. Indeed, the city’s world-renowned University was founded by King Alfred the Great of Wessex, in the 9th Century AD, and many famous graduates have walked these streets, such as T.S Elliot and Steven Hawking.
Keble College was designed and built in the Victorian Gothic style by William Butterfield in 1870. It features towering spires and was designed to ‘give dignity to brick.’ The striking features certainly exude gravitas, as spires and protruding arches form an impressive sight. Keble is one of the largest colleges of the University of Oxford, nurturing around 410 undergraduate and 250 graduate students every year. Many disapproved of the architecture when it was first unveiled, but it has gathered significantly more public approval over the years.
The college has 245 en-suite bedrooms as well as modern conference facilities and a Victorian Gothic Dining room. It has a modern bar area and delegate lounge. Internet access and Wi-Fi is available across the site (password will be provided on site)
While attending this conference you may wish to experience some of the culture and heritage of this ancient city. Notable tourist attractions include the Bodleian Library and Oxford Castle, but closer to home you will also have opportunities to stroll through the University of Oxford’s Botanical Garden and along the charming Oxford Canal.
You may wish to take in the breathtaking architecture of Keble College and discover more about this wonderful venue, or to wander at leisure around the city, visiting a shop or two. Whatever you prefer, Oxford is a city that caters for everyone’s interests.
Places of interest within Oxford
- The Natural History Museum Oxford was founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study in Oxford. It now hold the University’s significant collection of geological and zoological specimens, ranging from the Oxfordshire dinosaurs to a dodo and many more besides. It is housed within a neo-gothic building, similar in style to the Keble College, having been built in the same time period. There are thousands of specimens for visitors to peruse, each with its own unique significance to the evolution of the Earth.
- Pitt Rivers Museum was founded in 1884 by General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology during the 19th His substantial collection of 30,000 acquired objects formed the basis of the museum, which has since grown in size to over 250,000 objects, most of which are on public display today. The museum contains cultural and historical objects from all nationalities and time periods and is organised by categories of objects rather than time periods, allowing visitors to understand how different people adapted to the same problems.
- The Ashmolean is Oxford University’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Its collection ranges from the Ancient Egyptians all the way up until the contemporary art of today. Its collection is incredibly diverse and dates from 8000BC up until the present day, showcasing the evolution of art from the Egyptians to Raphael the Renaissance painter and boasts the biggest collection of Chinese art in the Western world.
- Oxford Castle is over 1,000 years old and allows visitors to connect with the rich history of the castle and the surrounding city, through its use of knowledgeable, costumed guides. The Saxon St Georges tower, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, allows visitors to experience stunning 360 degree panoramic views of Oxford. The tour also takes you to the site of the 11th Century Motte and Bailey castle, among other things, before allowing you to wander through the wider site at your leisure. Oxford castle is a vivid representation of Oxford’s history and progression through the centuries.
- The Bodleian Library holds 12 million printed items ranging from e-books to classic papyri and rare manuscripts and books. Visitors are free to browse through the extensive collection of works and even borrow a work of interest for further reading else where. It is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, open since 1602, and is attached to the University of Oxford, principally for assisting students with their studies.
- University of Oxford Botanical Garden contains the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the world and is the largest botanical garden in Britain. It is housed within the University grounds and is open all year round, so visitors can enjoy the wide variety of plants whenever they want. It is a blend of both indoor and outdoor exhibitions covering two hectares of land, home to 5,000 different species of plant.
- The Oxford Canal meanders through the delightfully picturesque Oxfordshire countryside, populated only by small, pretty villages. The canal runs right from the heart of Oxford to Coventry and is largely untouched by the 19th century straightening programmes. The canal walk follows the towpath for 77 miles, but is relatively unchallenging for any walker, due to the nature of the canal’s engineering. On a sunny day, a gentle stroll through the sunshine would be a welcome addition to any trip in Oxford.
Delegate lounge and Internet café
The Delegate lounge will be open from 3pm on Sunday 2 July 2017. You can keep up to date with world affairs via the Internet or television news, or just sit back and relax.
Keble College is in the middle of Oxford, so most attractions are within easy walking distance. There is no car parking on site, so delegates are asked not to bring vehicles with them if possible. Many residents use bicycles to get around, and these can be hired from the college during your stay with us. Park and Ride is available on the outskirts of Oxford, but there will be a charge to park a vehicle there.
Accommodation and refreshments
Keble College provides 245 single en-suite bedrooms. Sadly there are no phones or televisions in guest accommodation, although Wi-Fi is available.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided for delegates. The timing and location of refreshments will be published in the programme.
There is also a bar on campus, which will be open until 11pm each evening, serving a range of snacks. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
College rooms are suitable for single delegates. If you are bringing non-delegates or family members to Oxford, accommodation may be booked via https://www.expedia.co.uk/Oxford-City-Centre-Hotels.d6186736.Travel-Guide-Hotels