Next door to the Old Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera (see OxShot #6) there is another building of significance: the Sheldonian Theatre. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the author of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Sheldonian has seen its share of matriculations and graduations. In addition to University ceremonies, the theatre is used for lectures and concerts — on those occasions the audience is exempt from wearing black robes.
September falls outside Michaelmas (the first term in the academic year at the University of Oxford). The colleges are getting ready to welcome new and old faces, and Brookes students are already starting their year. Time in Oxford, it seems, is not linear but circular; much like the shape of the Sheldonian Theatre.
‘OxShot’ is our brand new visual essay from Katariina Kottonen (Chance & Physics). Every Monday, get a glimpse of the city’s literary life, and be reminded of its astonishing cultural richness. One take, for your double-take.