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Oxford and Empire Walking Tour

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Discover the many historical entanglements between the British Empire, University of Oxford, and academic expertise.
The Oxford and Empire Walking Tour focuses on the University as an institution that produced knowledge, qualifications, and networks, which found their more durable expression on a global scale.

Learn about the colonial origins of museum collections and how they transformed how we understand the world
Discuss the intersections between sciences, imperialism, and power through the historical foundations of the University of Oxford's fields of study
Explore the networks of people that gravitated towards Oxford through the structures of the British Empire, and who later went out to uphold it.

About This Deal

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road South Kensington, London SW7 5BD England

The museum is the starting point for a number of colonial connections and will be the first stop on our tour.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Pitt Rivers Museum South Parks Road Suggested Time Taken 5 Adys, Oxford OX1 3PP England

Learn about the history of anthropology and the development of racialised categories for human societies.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RG England

We will stand outside the Rhodes Hoouse and discuss the impact of the Rhodes scholarship program on the university.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD, UK

Stand outside the former Indian Intitute to learn about Oxford's role in educating imperial administrators and civil servants.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: New College, Holywell Street, Oxford OX1 3BN England

Explore the college connections to empire and how this fits into the larger networks of Oxford 'old boys' clubs.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Oxford Department of International Development, International Development, 3 Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK

Finish the tour with a discussion of 'decolonisation' and its challenges.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Oxford University Student Guide

  • Entry/Admission - New College

Departure Point
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PW, UK

Departure Time
3:00 PM

1 hour 30 minutes

Return Details
Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD, UK

Voucher Info
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Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.