- It's impossible to visit Oxford, with its ancient university and fine architecture, without stepping into the past. This museum helps to put what you see today into context. Exhibits range from explanatory maps and drawings to reconstructions of entire rooms including an Elizabethan parlour, an 18th-century student's room and a Victorian kitchen. All major periods in the city's development are covered, with special emphasis on the Saxon and Norman periods, the development of the university, the Tudor and Stuart periods (including the Reformation and the Civil War), and the final emergence of Oxford as a modern city. There are also frequent temporary exhibitions.
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