We are running an exciting project to open the historic building of St Alban's Church in East Oxford to the public.
St Alban's Church contains many beautiful examples of architecture, including a carving by John Henry Brookes, founder of Cheney Technical School, one of the schools which went on to form Cheney School where the Rumble Museum, which The Iris Project runs, is based. John Brookes is a very important person in the history of education in the city. It also contains a series of "Stations of the Cross" sculptures by artist Eric Gill, as well as many structural features that are very striking, including its large semi-circular windows, and a statue of St Alban.
We bring regular artefacts, replica and original, to explore. It is an exciting opportunity for people to learn about the story of the building and experience its architecture and art in a relaxed setting.
We are also creating a new website exploring the building. The church is nestled in a vibrant area of East Oxford, where there is a very diverse community, with many families, young people, elderly, and also including disadvantaged communities. This project intends to reach out to anyone who is curious to step inside the building and learn a bit more about it.
This is a secular project to encourage community friendship, enjoyment and use of a historic building and museum learning.
To find out when you can drop in, please visit our What's On page.