Making Oxford: People and Communities in the Modern City


Oxford is a vibrant and diverse city, where modernity and history are intertwined. It is a place with a rich tradition of local histories, but also somewhere that new community histories are thriving. This includes histories tied to places, faiths, cultures, trades and the city’s many migrant communities.

Our day school is both a showcase and a celebration of this diversity, and the many exciting possibilities being explored by current work. 

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 BST on 8 May 2024.

Programme details

Registration at Rewley House reception

Healthcare histories in Oxford
Sally Frampton

Tea/coffee break

The Wytham History Project
Robert Evans

The history of Port Meadow
Graham Harding

Lunch break

Activists and agitators: women of Oxford
Claire McCann

Tea/coffee break

The Urban Music Foundation and the Digging Crates Project

End of day


Description Costs
Course Fee (includes tea/coffee) £99.00
Baguette Lunch £6.50
Hot Lunch (3 courses) £17.60


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Sally Frampton


Sally Frampton is a Research Associate at the Faculty of History. She works on the history of healthcare. 

Prof Robert Evans


Regius Professor of History emeritus, University of Oxford. Prof Evans is a specialist in the modern history of central and east Europe. He has a long-standing interest in local and community history, especially of Oxford and its region; in environmental history; and in the history of Wales.

Dr Graham Harding


After returning to history in retirement after a career in consultancy, Graham did an MA in Cambridge and then a D Phil at Oxford on the history of champagne in 19th century Britain. His book, Champagne in Britain 1800-1914: how the British transformed a French luxury, won the 2022 OIV (Organisation Internationale du Vin) prize. His interest in Port Meadow began during lockdown and his book on its history over the centuries will be published in Oxford in 2024-5.

Claire McCann


Claire McCann is a senior guide and researcher with Uncomfortable Oxford. Claire holds an MSt in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and MPhil in Economics. She is currently reading for her DPhil at the University of Oxford, examining the decolonial potential of breaking down the historical and spatial boundaries between higher education institutions and the communities excluded from these establishments.

Rawz .


Rawz is a multidisciplinary artist from Oxford. His practice centres around words and music, and is rooted in social justice and the exploration and understanding of our interconnected worlds.


Please use the 'Book' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.