Often called the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ and famous the world over for its University, Oxford has been home for over 800 years to royalty and scholars. The city boasts 1500 listed buildings from every major period of British architectural history from the 11 century onwards.
With its many attractions – the Bodleian Library – – the archaeological and archaeological and ethnographic Pitt Rivers Museum, The Ashmolean Museum , and the 1000 year old Oxford Castle. It is also the perfect place to explore on foot.
Oxford is easy and quick to reach from London and Birmingham, as well as the major airports of the area, with regular direct connections: London Paddington and Birmingham New Street are an hour away on train, frequent buses depart 24 hours a day from London Victoria, Heathrow and Gatwick airports can be reached on regular direct buses in approximately 90 minutes, and Birmingham International is served by fast trains, making Oxford easily accessible from all over the world!
Cycling is a way of life for the students in Oxford so why not bring your own or hire one and pedal around the city like a native: Parking is a nightmare in Oxford so take advantage of the 5 Park and Ride sites around the city and don’t even try to come to the lab by car during rush hour!
The lab in which the dissections are held is in the heart of the university and close to the Ashmolean Museum. There is a large ‘break out’ room next door where each morning a discussion of the previous day will take place and any questions you may have can be discussed and answered.
* Please note that this class is not under the auspices of or accredited by Oxford University.
The Five Day Class
A more in depth explanation of the week’s schedule can be found here.
Each morning we will meet for coffee in our break out room and discuss what is coming up for each day, as well as any thoughts or reflections on the previous day’s work. This is a very important element of the day and indeed the course. Engaging in dissection is a very profound experience and taking time as a group to acknowledge this is a vital component of our learning.
Once in the lab we will take stock of the work that has been carried out the day before and look at any projects that might be planned. There are many different approaches to dissection and each participant will have areas of special interest that they want to explore and it is important that we ensure that everyone’s needs and interests are catered for wherever possible.
At each new stage or layer, Julian will demonstrate the way forward and the steps that are needed to be taken to ensure that a smooth transition from one area of the body to the next is undertaken.
At the end of each day, every participant engages in the process of cleaning down the dissection tables as well as the other areas of the lab. We are guests in the university and our intention is to leave the facility cleaner than when we found it. Similarly at the end of the week our clean up ensures that no trace of our presence is left and that we are not a burden on the university staff. This is also a chance for us to process what we have been working on during the day and allows us to leave the lab with a clear head!