Building ideas

25 Mar 2013

Building work is now well underway to renovate the Old Indian Institute – the Oxford Martin School’s beautiful headquarters in the historic heart of Oxford.

Since its foundation in 2005, the Oxford Martin School has seen tremendous growth. This refurbishment will enable the School to create a hive for research, a unique space where scholars from a wide range of disciplines will share one space, fostering truly interdisciplinary thinking. The Old Indian Institute is being redesigned to encourage originality in research, while retaining the original features that characterise the building.

During a visit to the School building in March, the School’s founder, Dr James Martin, his wife Lillian, and School’s Director, Ian Goldin, were given a guided tour of the Grade II listed building by architects and builders.

The Oxford Martin School supports research across the University’s four academic Divisions and its projects are anchored in a wide range of departments; the building will therefore remove some of the physical barriers to interdisciplinary scholarship by co-locating groups within the School.  In fact, the building will become Oxford’s largest interdisciplinary space for research into the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.  Beyond seminar rooms, offices and social spaces, there will also be a stunning new lecture theatre overlooking one of the most beautiful views of Oxford.

Work is due to be completed before the start of the next academic year in October 2013 and the new facilities will be available to academic research staff and members of the Oxford Martin School.

  • Read more about the history of the Old Indian Institute (Dr Gillian Evison, “The Orientalist, his Institute and the Empire”, presented at the Commonwealth History seminar, December 2004)

During the refurbishment, the Oxford Martin School is based at: Eagle House, Walton Well Road, Oxford, OX2 6ED. Contact telephone numbers and email addresses remain the same.