Brookes Society Events



AGM and Spring Party

Thursday 14 March at 16.00
Headington Hill Hall

Free - but booking essential

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Guided tour of Christchurch Gallery

Monday 8 April 2019 at 11.00
Canterbury Gate (off Oriel Square)

Christ Church is unique among the Oxford and Cambridge colleges in possessing an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings, housed in a purpose-built Gallery of considerable architectural interest in itself.

The collection consists of 300 paintings and almost 2000 drawings. The collection is strongest in Italian art, from the 14th to the 18th century including paintings by highly acclaimed artists such as Filippino Lippi, Tintoretto, Veronese, Annibale Carracci and Salvator Rosa. Additionally, there are also some remarkable works by northern painters such as Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals and Hugo van der Goes. The last two major donations to the Picture Gallery enriched it further with a collection of English Glass of the 18th and 19th century and a number of Russian icons of the 17th and 18th century.

The 45 minute guided tour will include highlights of the collection, the history of the gallery and its collectors, the ‘Red Gallery’ (14th and 15th century Italian art), the Main Gallery and the Back Gallery (16th – 18th century Old Master paintings).

Following the tour there will be an opportunity to have lunch (set lunch 2 courses for £13.50 currently) at Quod Restaurant in the Old Bank Hotel.

Cost: £4 (£6 for non-members), depending on group size.

Contact: Laura Bartholomew - or 01844 353715


Guided tour of Oxford Arboretum

Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 11.00
Nuneham Courtenay

The Arboretum has been part of the Botanic Garden since 1963 and contains some of the finest conifer collections in the UK, set within 130 acres of historic Picturesque landscape. In May we should see spectacular azaleas and catch sight of the remaining bluebells (all weather dependent of course).

The tour will last between 60 and 90 minutes and will introduce visitors to the layout and structure of the Garden, its various plant collections and to the important developments made during recent years.

There are no catering facilities on site but you are welcome to bring a flask/picnic or retire to the Seven Stars in Toot Baldon.

Cost: £6.50 (£8.50 for non members), subject to a minimum group of 15. You will be free to stay on in the Arboretum following the tour.

Contact: Laura Bartholomew - or 01844 353715


Guided Penicillin walk round Oxford with Dr Jeffrey Aronson

Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 14.00
Start outside the University Museum

Dr Jeffrey Aronson is a Physician and Clinical Pharmacologist working in the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine in the University of Oxford. He is President Emeritus, an Honorary Fellow, and Vice-President Publications of the British Pharmacological Society and an Emeritus Fellow of Green-Templeton College, Oxford. He has written widely about all aspects of clinical pharmacology, medical history, philosophy of medicine, and medical language.

He organized the Penicillin 50 Symposium in Oxford in 1991 and has written articles about penicillin. His penicillin walk starts at the University Museum at 2pm and visits sites in the University’s science area, the Botanic Gardens, and the old Radcliffe Infirmary, with passing comments about other places on the way. At a brisk pace it takes about an hour and a half, and we may go for tea afterwards.

The walk is free of charge and is limited to 12 people.

Contact: Catherine Tranmer - or 01865 711962