Program Our venue in Oxford
About the location
Just one hour from London and its airports, Oxford is a one-of-a-kind environment that for centuries has championed the power of reason, discovery and art, fostered open-minded discussions and forged new directions in the search for understanding. Whole worlds have been created in Oxford -- from JRR Tolkien's Middle-earth to C.S. Lewis' Narnia to Lewis Carroll's Wonderland to, more recently, Philip Pullman's parallel universes -- as well as some of the most enduring literary portraits (think of Henry James' Portrait of a Lady and Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray. Yet Oxford is also the theater where some of today's most advanced research is performed. History and modernity, past and future, enquiry and research meet in Oxford. TEDGlobal will be finely woven into the Oxford landscape. Most sessions will take place at the Oxford Playhouse, with conversation breaks held next door at the historic Randolph Hotel.
Special events will take place at a wide range of Oxford's most intriguing landmarks, including the distinctive Sheldonian Theatre, historic Keble College, the Museum of Natural History, and the Malmaison Hotel, the newly renovated hotel that was once a Victorian prison. The conference will close -- as it did in 2005 -- with picnic and punting on the River Cherwell.
To deepen the sense of place, attendees will be offered a series of optional pre- and post-conference visits and special programs, including a tour of Bletchley Park (where Alan Turing lived and the Enigma encryption code was decrypted), behind-the-scenes visits to Oxford landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, and out-of-town excursions to London and elsewhere.
Our venues in Oxford will include:
- The charming Oxford Playhouse, a theatrical venue in downtown Oxford
- The historic Randolph Hotel, just next door to the Playhouse, whose atmospheric lobby and public spaces become part of the event
- Historic Keble College, with its beautiful Quad and Hogwarts-style dining hall
- The Museum of Natural History, delightful with its dinosaurs and dodos and sense of wonder
- The Sheldonian Theatre, a dramatic in-the-round space, with a frescoed ceiling and wonderful acoustics
- The stylish new Malmaison Hotel, which manages to be both cozy and clever, in a converted Victorian prison
- The banks of the River Cherwell, where we’ll spend our final afternoon picnicking and “punting”