Monday, 15 October 2012

Oxford Open Weekend

A while ago I attended the Oxford University open weekend. It is a weekend that a number of Oxford colleges open their doors and invite the public in free of charge. It's pretty much the mother of all open houses all across Oxford. Needless to say, I was able to see a ton of perfectly manicured lawns, beautiful chapels, and dusty libraries. It's kind of hard for me to believe that people still live in these old, beautiful buildings.

 A typical Oxfordian quad.
and another...
Just enjoying the grass.

I've had the pleasure of meeting some different Oxford University students, so between open weekend and friends, I've been able to take a look into Pembrook, Magdalene, Jesus, Lincoln, Exeter, Christ's Church, and All Souls College. There may be one or two more in there somewhere, but I don't remember the names.
Chapel at All Souls College
The back of the chapel

It's very typical to see Oxford students or professors walking around the city center of Oxford in formal attire. This includes a suit coat and dress pants and a black gown. It pretty much looks like someone is graduating every day you walk down the streets of Oxford. Many colleges have formal dining halls that require this dress.
Oxfordian gown (I didn't take this picture)

Jesus College dining hall.
The set table.
Note the coat of arms for Jesus College

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