In November 2019, I headed for Oxford for a couple of days.A real pleasure to welcome back to @wychwoodschool @dannydorling to talk to the L.T's (Year Nine), on whether the world is getting better or worse. Great to meet @GeoBlogs too! @The_GA @GSAUK @schoolhuntersUK #pintsizedpowerhouse #Scholarship pic.twitter.com/GI8S414ITO— Wychwood School Geography Department 🌏 (@wychwoodgeog) October 22, 2019
It was an excellent little trip to a city I've visited quite a few times, but usually to present a session at either a conference, CPD session or GIS training course.
There was a bit of an inequality theme to the visit.
I was heading to see the Head of Geog at Wychwood School: Phil Humphreys who had kindly offered to let me sit in on a session with Danny Dorling.
Danny is obviously not used to teaching school students, but Phil had asked him to co-teach a unit on inequality. I had an interesting time watching Danny teaching a seminar-style lesson with some interesting graphics and questions for students to discuss and respond to. I look forward to seeing how the unit develops with more sessions from Danny followed up by Phil.
I then headed for one of my favourite places: the Pitt Rivers Museum. This has a connection with the GA in that the GA President for 1925, John Linton Myres was linked to the museum as an archaeologist at Oxford University.
Read more about him, and the other GA Presidents here.
There was an exhibition called Lande.
This explored the 'jungle' migrant camp which had set up near Calais a few years ago, before it was demolished and the temporary 'residents' moved on. It included art work and other artefacts from the camp, along with postcards of aerial imagery showing the size of the camp.
Another exhibition was on at the Bodleian Library.
Talking Maps has a great many excellent maps - there is still time to visit - it has maps from Tolkien and Ben Hennig.
I brought back a little gift for myself as well, with some Tolkien cufflinks.
To finish, it was a visit to the Cutteslowe Walls location, out to the NE of the city, just off the A40 bypass. There is an unassuming road junction, and where the 'T' of the junction is, two roads meet, and at one point, walls divided two estates: one rented and one privately owned houses. A wall was erected for a while. It's featured in Lynsey Hanley's 'Estates' book. Find out more about it here.
A blue plaque is on the wall to mark where the walls once stood, for almost 25 years.