Oxford: The History and Architecture of the City of Dreaming Spires with Dr. Emily Knight

Oxford: The History and Architecture of the City of Dreaming Spires with Dr. Emily Knight


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From gothic cloisters to dreaming spires, Oxford's architecture has inspired and played host to some of the world's greatest minds. Its buildings tell a fascinating story about a city where politics, religion, and education collide. This seminar will consider those buildings that help us understand this city’s rich and complex history of ideas.

From Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor to Zaha Hadid and Herzog & de Meuron, Oxford’s changing cityscape charts its evolution from its monastic roots to its current position as home to one of the world’s leading universities. We will also discuss Oxford’s creative past, present, and future, visiting the places that have inspired and featured in popular literature, as well as its role as a stage set for movies and TV shows. Oxford has always been a magnet for those who wish to create, explore, and imagine; this seminar will allow us to look behind its historic walls and uncover its rich and fascinating history.

Led by an expert on eighteenth-century art history, Dr. Emily Knight, this interactive seminar will take us on an exploratory tour of the city, uncovering its unique history. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with increased insight into how the city has taken shape and played host to writers, royalty, artists, and architects.

Following her studies in History of Art at Edinburgh and Oxford universities, Dr. Emily Knight first joined Context in the Rome office in 2013. On her return to the UK, she began working as a guide while completing her doctorate in eighteenth-century British portraiture at Oxford University. She has worked in museums, historic houses ,and the commercial art world in various capacities and is now the Assistant Curator of Paintings at the V&A. Emily has tutored students of all ages on various aspects of the history of art, has published on both art and travel.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Laura (Wichita, US)
Great presentation

Well-organized and well-delivered with her love for the subject, her City shining through.

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Susan Salley (Nashville, US)
Excellent experence

The presentation was excellent - Dr. Knight is very knowledgeable and put together a fast-paced and comprehensive talk. In a time when we can't travel, it was a very welcome visit!

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Anonymous (Duncan, CA)

Disappointed that the presenter simply read her lecture. Uninspiring.

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Anonymous (Victoria, CA)
Disappointment

This seminar was not up to Context Learning's usual high standard. Listening to Dr. Knight read her lecture word for word for over an hour was not at all expected and proved more trial than treat. Her slides were fine but few. There were such long pauses between them that the screen appeared not to change. Sadly, she mismanaged her time and abridged the last section of her lecture. Her sole contribution to the city as a setting for film, television and novels was Harry Potter. May I have my money back please?

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
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Laura (Wichita, US)
Great presentation

Well-organized and well-delivered with her love for the subject, her City shining through.

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Susan Salley (Nashville, US)
Excellent experence

The presentation was excellent - Dr. Knight is very knowledgeable and put together a fast-paced and comprehensive talk. In a time when we can't travel, it was a very welcome visit!

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Anonymous (Duncan, CA)

Disappointed that the presenter simply read her lecture. Uninspiring.

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Anonymous (Victoria, CA)
Disappointment

This seminar was not up to Context Learning's usual high standard. Listening to Dr. Knight read her lecture word for word for over an hour was not at all expected and proved more trial than treat. Her slides were fine but few. There were such long pauses between them that the screen appeared not to change. Sadly, she mismanaged her time and abridged the last section of her lecture. Her sole contribution to the city as a setting for film, television and novels was Harry Potter. May I have my money back please?