Profile updated 28/09/23
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My name is Sara. I am an historian with a passion for the stories of people from the past, waterways and boats, art and literature. My love of Oxford began when I studied at Brasenose College, one of the 39 University colleges. I enjoy spending time here; staying on my narrowboat in Jericho, a vibrant suburb that extends along the Oxford Canal.
Come on a tour and let me share with you Oxford’s fascinating tales and curiosities. My special interests include: the city’s art and architecture; ghosts and grizzly events; Harry Potter; Colin Dexter’s Morse; Oxford’s poets and writers; science and medicine; crime, punishment and policing through time; civil wars and world wars; Oxford's waterways; and the story of women in Oxford.
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My special subject at University was Medieval Book. I am enthralled by the artwork in illuminated manuscripts and the statues and stained glass windows in churches and cathedrals. I am also particularly fond of pre-Raphaelite art and the Arts and Crafts movement.
I am an experienced History and English teacher. I have designed tours and resources to support pupils prepare for their GCSE and A-Level History exams. There is nothing more memorable hearing the stories of the past where it actually happened.
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England has a complex and intriguing religious history. There are many churches and a cathedral in Oxford; these buildings tell the story of this fascinating and often tumultuous past, in art and architecture. I am accredited to guide in Christ Church, one of Oxford's 39 colleges, and the site of Oxford's cathedral.
As a child I was transported to the fantastic worlds created by authors like Lewis Carroll, C S Lewis and JRR Tolkien. I have loved poetry and literature ever since. In my poetry and literature tours I celebrate the work and links to Oxford of many writers including: Oscar Wilde, WH Auden, CS Lewis, Evelyn Waugh, Dorothy Sayers, Matthew Arnold, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Phillip Pullman, Vera Britten and Sir John Betjeman.
Come on a tour and let me share with you Oxford’s fascinating tales and curiosities. My special interests include: the city’s art, architecture and stained-glass windows; Oxford’s writers, their literature and poetry; the Inklings and the lives and writings of Tolkien and CS Lewis; the development of science and medicine as well as crime, punishment and policing through time; Oxford at the time of war; Colin Dexter's Morse and the story of women in Oxford.