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Oxfordshire Museums Council

Bringing History to the Public

Oxford University Press Museum

University Press is a department of Oxford University and is the world’s leading academic publisher. Its museum traces the history of Oxford University’s involvement in printing and publishing from the fifteenth century to the present day. The exhibition shows the growth of OUP as a printer of academic literature, Bibles, and Prayer Books, and includes printing equipment from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Displays also deal with notable books: Clarendon’s ‘History of the Great Rebellion’, the first edition of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and the evolution of the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’. Items from the last hundred years follow Oxford’s development as a publisher, producing children’s books, sheet music, English language teaching texts, and the ‘Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’. The museum concludes with the Press’s work since book printing ceased at its Oxford site in 1989, and visitors can explore the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ and other key texts online.

Address Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP
Telephone 01865 353527
E-mail here
Web  https://global.oup.com/uk/archives/5.html
Opening Mon – Fri, 10.00 – 4.00, by pre-arranged guided tour only.
Admission Free. Please book your guided tour in advance of your visit (minimum 24 hours notice)
Visitor facilities Toilets
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Public transport Walking distance of Central Oxford or Stagecoach bus route 17

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