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A pagan ritual in rural England

An unusual field recording for you today, as we tune into a pagan ritual taking place at an ancient monument in rural England. Upon visiting an ancient historical site more than 5,000 years old in Oxfordshire, the Rollright Stones, we stumbled across a pagan May

Rhodes must fall

Sounds from the Rhodes Must Fall protest, Oxford

On 9 June 2020, following two weeks of global Black Lives Matters protests, and following the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol, UK, more than a thousand protesters gathered in Oxford city centre for Rhodes Must Fall, to demand the

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Oxford: our beautiful city during lockdown

Here in the UK during the current coronavirus lockdown (as of early May 2020), we’re allowed to go out for one form of exercise per day. As part of my prescribed exercise, I’ve stopped in a few places around our city of Oxford to capture

Sounds of the global lockdown – before and after

One of the most fascinating things to come out of our #StayHomeSounds project to record the sounds of the global Covid-19 lockdown has been to compare some of the world’s bustling, busy cities as they are today with how they were just a few short

It’s carnival time!

We’re heading to Oxford today (the Cities and Memory home city) for the annual Cowley Road carnival, a day-long street party and procession with floats, bands, live music and all the usual things you’d associate with a carnival. We went along with our recorder in