Tomorrow's Oxford Heads

At the front of the History of Science Museum and the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford, sit 17 stone heads depicting bearded men, generally known as the Emperors' Heads.

What does the future hold for these Oxford icons?

We have been working with the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment to explore the future of the Emperors' Heads. To open the discussion, temporary art installations have been commissioned, following an open call to artists. These have been installed outside the History of Science Museum, Broad Street, and everyone is invited to respond and have their say. This has been supported by the Oxford University Diversity Fund sits alongside the display at the Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, of Oxford’s Stone Heads: History and Mysteries.

Exploring the past

Scientists from the School of Geography and the Environment have been researching the history of the Emperors' Heads. They have explored archival records, hunted for missing heads and tested old stone to help with conservation work. You can find out more about the project on the School of Geography's website. Oxford’s Stone Heads: History and Mysteries is a display of this research that will be on show at the Weston Library from 4 May to 21 July 2019.

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