Visit to the ‘Painted Room’, Oxford

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The sixteenth-century ‘Painted Room’ in the Cornmarket in Oxford is a hidden treasure of the city which is rarely open to the public. Offering tantalising links to Shakespeare, it lies appropriately enough for our conference, behind an 18th-century façade. Not so appropriately, it is hidden above a Bookmakers’ shop  in a busy central  street. Now looked after by the Oxford Preservation Trust, the ‘Painted Room’ was part of a tavern which provided lodgings in Shakespeare’s day, being run by his friend, John Davenant. As the historian Anthony a Wood suggests in his Life and Times, it was with the Davenants that Shakespeare stayed during his journeys between Stratford and London …

Courtesy of the Oxford Preservation Trust, the final day of the conference will provide the opportunity for delegates to visit the Painted Room in small groups. More information will be provided in the conference packs, and sign-up sheets and visit times will be available at the conference help desk from registration on Friday 7th August.

Read more about the Painted Room here.

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