Think@Oxford 2024

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March 2024

Balliol College, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ

Learning from History – Shakespeare and Beyond

The weekend starts informally as usual on the Friday evening with people either getting together or doing their own thing in Oxford. One advantage of Jowett Walk is that it has its own common room where we can gather.

The weekend proper starts on Saturday at 10.15am in the Pavilion, Jowett Walk with refreshments and a welcome (10.45am) with an introduction to the weekend. After a couple of talks you can head off to lunch (not included) around 1pm when you will have the afternoon free for you to explore Oxford (N.B.  there are plenty of things to see and do in Oxford, including the literary festival which is taking place that weekend).”

Evening presentations commence with refreshments at 4pm in the Pavilion, Jowett Walk. Following the evening talks there will be an opportunity to attend a formal dinner in the Senior Common Room Dining Room at 7.30pm on the Broad Street main site. After dinner we will wander back to Jowett Walk to gather for Philosophy Café style discussions.

Breakfast will be served in the Grand Hall at the Broad Street site between 8am-9am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Check-in will be at the Porters Lodge at the Broad Street site, the accommodation and lecture room will be at the Jowett Walk site (8 min walk OX1 3TL)

“It is a great weekend with convivial and stimulating coversation. It would be wonderful to see both old and new faces. Everyone is welcome to come along as it is open to all, so bring a friend.” Austin Caffrey, Organiser

Packages and price options to suit all budgets

  • Talks (seven speakers over two days)
  • Accommodation including breakfast (en suite)
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Use of a hospitality room including breakout sessions
  • Gala dinner 
  • Use of College buttery (PAYG)


Booking options Cost
Friday to Sunday. Includes two nights bed and breakfast in an en suite room, Gala dinner, tea/coffee/biscuits plus access to all talks and breakout sessions. Please note Friday evening will be informal and we can gather at the Jowett Walk site. £330
Saturday to Sunday. Includes one night's bed and breakfast in an en suite room, Gala dinner, tea/coffee/biscuits plus access to all talks and breakout sessions. £235
Saturday and Sunday non-residential delegate rate. Includes all Saturday (incl. evening speaker) & Sunday talks, Saturday Gala Dinner, and tea/coffee/biscuits. No accommodation. £130
Day delegate rate, Saturday only. Access to all talks + evening guest speaker. Includes tea/coffee/biscuits. £36
Day delegate rate, Sunday only. Access to all talks including tea/coffee/biscuits. £16

Balliol College is in the centre of Oxford, easy walking distance from the railway station and bus hubs. The conference will be on two sites:

  • The main college site on Broad Street (OX1 3BJ) for breakfast & dinner
  • All talks and discussions will be at Jowett Walk (OX1 3TL