Dystopia Season at the Rumble Museum - April - July

We are excited to be holding a Dystopia Season at the Rumble Museum from April 25th to mid July. To celebrate our Dystopian Fiction Collection, we are organising a range of events including Thursday morning breakfast talks, workshops, projects and film viewings.

For the duration of the season, our front reception cabinet is displaying items from our dystopian collections, so do drop into Cheney School main reception to take a look!

Our Thursday morning breakfast talks are listed below, and are available to all students in Year Eight and Nine - booking details have been emailed to all students. Look out for more events soon!

Rumble Museum Breakfast Talks and Lectures

The Rumble Museum regularly organises a very wide range of speakers to deliver talks on all sorts of topics. Recent ones have included A.I., medicine, economics, astronomy, neuroscience and the role of religion in public life. You can listen again to some of our recent talks below by clicking on the images.

 24th March, "The Rise of Moral Machines" by Professor Nigel Crook, Oxford Brookes University (organised as part of our Year Eight Breakfast Talk Series).


Black Classicists Exhibition, 1st to 22nd April

An exhibition celebrating the important role of African Americans in the field of Classics will be on display at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney from 1st to 22nd April. You can find out more about the exhibition here.

The exhibition website explains: The African American men and women featured in this installation taught Greek and Latin at the college or university level and made groundbreaking achievements in education. Their academic accomplishments bolstered a new tradition of black intellectualism and resulted in greater opportunities for future generations of African Americans.

We will be arranging for students to come and visit during the school day. It will be available for anyone from the wider community to book to view over the Easter break, and after 4pm on school days.

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Sharing Stories Conference, 9th March

We are excited to be launching our Sharing Stories conference for sixth formers next Wednesday 9th March.

The event will feature two keynote speakers and twelve different organisations running workshops all exploring the transformative power of stories in our lives. There are four separate streams which look at stories in particular ways: science, artistic, historical, and museum-related. There are also wider initiatives going on all day which tie into the central idea of how stories can deepen our understanding, forge collections and build a richer, stronger and more inclusive society, including the creation of the Living Museum Wall of objects loaned or donated to represent the richness of the many stories of individuals and communities.

Roman Krznaric, founder of the Empathy Museum and author of the Good Ancestor, will deliver an opening talk, and Jennifer Nadel, co-founder of Compassion in Politics will deliver the closing talk. In between, twelve different organisations will run workshops for 160 sixth formers, exploring themes as diverse as using the night sky to tell stories inside Science Oxford's Planetarium, to putting on a pair of someone else's shoes and listening to their story in a very special bookshop run by the Empathy Museum.Students will also be able to deposit stories of their own all day online and at a story wall.

To take part, please visit the website for the event here.

To explore the brochure, please click on the front cover below.



Cheney 2050 Virtual Event

We are delighted to announce the launch of our virtual event "Cheney 2050" on 24th March, 2021.

2020 brought two firsts for Cheney School. The pandemic forced schools across the country and world to close their doors to most students for the first time. In 2020, Cheney also received the news that it had become the first UK school to have an accredited museum spread throughout its site. More than ever, communities have been reflecting on where they are now, and what they want to see in the future. It is a challenging and exciting time for everyone. In this conference there are a range of organisations offering workshops, and two expert speakers, to inspire you to develop your own ideas about where Cheney should be in 2050. What should Cheney, and its Rumble Museum, do in the next thirty years to make the school and community a better place for everyone?

The website for the conference will contain a gallery of fascinating things to explore, both on the day of the conference and beyond. You will find five minute talks from a range of experts, including Pitt Rivers Museum, Friends of the Earth, Butterfly Conservation, silvologist Dr Gabriel Hemery, Tom Hayes, Oxford City Councillor, Tree Talk, and others. You can also explore some of the many artefacts in the Rumble Museum, which have been specially chosen to connect with the conference themes. From the mbira piano to the science fiction of C.S. Lewis, there is something to link with all the ideas of this event.

Local primary school children have also come up with their own ideas about their future schools, so you can explore their thoughts and plans as well!

Year Eight Museum Council students have been working hard to identify, map and photograph all of Cheney's beautiful trees. They have themed each section, and recruited a range of staff to be the voices of the trees. As well as many fascinating and informative staff tree voice-overs, there are some celebrity trees hidden in each section - visit the tree trail to see if you can recognise their voices as they tell you about their tree.

The live talks and workshops on the day itself will be booking only for Cheney sixth formers. However, the talks and some workshops will be made available for all to listen to after the day itself. There are talks by Lord Robert Winston and Kate Raworth. There are workshops by Earthwatch, Natural History Museum Oxford, Ashmolean, Empathy Museum, the City Council, Uncomfortable Oxford, Brookes University, Story Museum, Bill Finnegan, Oxfordshire Livable Streets, Project Cece and Pivot power, amongst others.

The conference will be hosted here. Visit on 24th March to explore!

"Stories through Objects": New Series for Hospital Radio

Over the next few weeks, the Rumble Museum is making a series of shows called "Stories through Objects" for Radio Cherwell, the Hospital Radio Service.

Each show will explore a different story, and use objects from our collection and songs to journey through the themes, characters and places in the stories.

The shows are aired every Friday from 1.30 to 2pm, and then repeated on Mondays at 1.30pm. You can listen to these shows on the Radio Cherwell website. We make the voice recordings, playlists details and objects featured available once the live shows have aired. Please see below for the shows.

Episode 1: 17th and 20th April - Homer's Odyssey

Episode 2: 24th and 27th April - Orpheus and the Underworld

Episode 3: 1st and 4th May - Theseus and the Minotaur

Episode 4: 8th and 11th May - Echo and Narcissus

Episode 5: 15th and 18th May - Peleus and Thetis' Wedding

Episode 6: 22nd and 25th May - Daedalus and Icarus

Episode 7: 29th May and 1st June - Prometheus and Zeus

Episode 8: 5th and 8th June - The Creation of the World

Episode 9: 12th and 15th June - Dionysus

Episode 10: 19th and 22nd June: The Founding of Rome




St Alban's Community Cafe

From September 2021, we are running a community cafe in St Alban's Church on Charles Street. It will open to the public every Saturday from 10 until 12.30pm, and serve hot and cold drinks, and snacks.

The cafe is there to offer everyone an opportunity enjoy the special atmosphere and building of St Alban's, as well as to explore the history of the church and wider 'Robin Hood' area of East Oxford. We are very interested in any stories people might have of the the church and the area, and for those who would like to share them, we can record these and make them available for others to listen to. Similarly, we would love to see any photographs and objects connected to the area, and can make digital galleries of these for those who would like that.

All ages are warmly welcome, and there is an activity trail for children to enjoy.

The address is:

St Alban's Hall, Charles Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

The cafe is drop-in, with no need to book  in advance.

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