Venue Hire

The Oxford Martin School is a stunning building, located in the very heart of Oxford’s historic centre.

An award-winning refurbishment in 2013 has transformed a beautiful 19th century building into a modern and spacious centre, ideal for lectures and meetings. Used primarily for the Oxford Martin School’s own events, we are also one of The Oxford Literary Festival’s key venues and each year welcome a small number of external bookings.

The Lecture Theatre

The Oxford Martin Lecture Theatre is our largest space and can seat up to 160 attendees.

Its first-floor location provides stunning views over Broad Street and is a fantastic focal point for the School's activities.

The furniture in the Lecture Theatre is all portable. It can be set-up with between 50 and 160 chairs, in lecture style.

The space can also be arranged with tables for panel discussions and in boardroom style for up to 44. For this type of setting tables will need to be hired in.

The Lecture Theatre's facilities include stage, lectern, screen(s), projector, sound projection, live webcast and event recording.

* the maximum capacity for full day use of the lecture theatre if offering refreshments is 100

Seminar Rooms

The seminar rooms are very versatile and can be used for a variety of different functions including meetings, lectures, seminars and buffet lunches. Both rooms have a projector, lectern, laptop, screens and full hybrid Equipment.

Seminar Room 1 Lecture

Seminar Room 1 with lecture seating

SR1 Boardroom

Seminar Room 1 in board room layout

In lecture style, Seminar Room 1 can seat up to 52 people. When combined with Seminar Room 2 via a moving partition, it can seat up to 90. In boardroom style, we can accommodate a maximum of 26 people.

SR1 SR2 Cabaret

Combined Seminar Rooms with cabaret seating

SR2 U Shape

Seminar Room 2 in U-shape layout

Conference Room

The Conference Room is a small meeting room for up to eight people. The room features views down Broad Street and beautiful wooden carved doors. The room's facilities include: conference phone and whiteboard.

Hire of this room includes complimentary tea, coffee and water.

Conference Room 2

Glass Meeting Room

The Glass Meeting Room is a small meeting room for up to seven people on the first floor. This room houses the collection of books written by the Oxford Martin School community.

The room's facilities include: laptop attached to screen, with separate keyboard, mouse & laser pointer, webcam & microphone.

Hire of this room includes complimentary tea, coffee and water.

Glass Meeting room View2



Our Lecture Theatre features state of the art Audio Visual facilities, including live webcasting via three remote Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras, a wireless microphone and PA system, Blu-ray playback and high definition recording facilities. For popular events, we can also provide an overflow facility into the adjacent café and seminar rooms.

We can incorporate 'picture in picture' outputs to display the speaker in addition to their slides, and also provide point to point IP based video conferencing facilities, straight into the Lecture Theatre. The system is based around a 16x16 Crestron video matrix, and uses a Tricaster 460 for live switching, editing and broadcast.


The Oxford Martin School is unable to provide any catering. All catering - including tea and coffee - must be ordered in separately.

A list of preferred suppliers can be sent on request.

Venue Information

Normal opening hours of the Oxford Martin School: 9.30am – 7.30pm Monday to Friday, evenings on request.

Venue Capacities
Room capacities 2024

Contact Us

To enquire about booking a room please contact us on:

Clara Bowyer, Events and Venue Manager,, 01865 287437

Hannah Mitchell, Events and Venue Assistant,, 01865 616593