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BBC visits City of Oxford College

07 November 2017

Students and staff at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre at City of Oxford College were the stars of the BBC Oxford breakfast show today as a new exhibition of current students and alumni opened at Oxford Brookes University.

The BBC Oxford roving reporter Phil Mercer-Kelly spent two hours in the workshops at the city centre campus, interviewing students on the Furniture: Design and Make BA (Hons) course, which is delivered in partnership between City of Oxford College and Oxford Brookes University.

Phil spoke to Chris Hyde, Director of Creative Arts: Curriculum Design about the 80 year history of Rycotewood from its origins in Thame to its new home as part of City of Oxford College.

Joe Bray, teacher and leader of higher education at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre, told Phil about the degree programme and the next exhibition being staged at Oxford Brookes to celebrate 80 years of furniture making and design at Rycotewood.

Student Hattie Speed, talked about her decision to move to Oxford to study at the centre and demonstrated some of her current work while Nick Wright, talked about life as a part time student and changing career.

Fellow student Mark Carey discussed his current project, a wood spokeshave for a collaboration with the Pitt Rivers Museum and talked about why he chose to come to City of Oxford College.

The exhibition will run until 1 December 2017 in the Glass Tank on the Headington Campus at Oxford Brookes University. Admission is free and open to all members of the public. 

You can listen to the show on the BBC iPlayer   at 7.20, 7.50, 8.20 and 8.53 plus at 9.20 you can hear Hattie’s nomination for the Workplace Playlist!