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The Oxford Martin School is a stunning venue, 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 FT 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 180 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 180 chairs, in either lecture style (as shown in the photo) or in a less formal semi-circle facing the windows with the view down Broad Street. This is particularly good for panel discussions and book talks.

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.

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, screen and either whiteboard or blackboard.

In lecture style, Seminar Room 1 can seat up to 65 people. When combined with Seminar Room 2 via a moving partition it can seat up to 110. In boardroom style we can accommodate a maximum of 28 people.

Conference Room

The Conference Room is a small meeting room for up to eight people. The room's facilities include: conference phone, TV (screen for presentations), DVD player and whiteboard.


To enquire about booking a room at the Oxford Martin School and prices contact:

  • Clara Bowyer, Events and Venue Manager
  • Hannah Mitchell, Events and Venue Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)1865 287437 or +44 (0)1865 616593

Audio Visual

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.


Normal opening hours of the Oxford Martin School: 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday, evenings on request.

Room Boardroom U-Shape Classroom Cabaret Theatre
Lecture Theatre 44 40 52 60 180*
Seminar room 1 28 22 30 36 65
Seminar room 2 18 16 16 18 30
Seminar room 1 & 2 30 25 34 42 110
Conference Room 8 - - - -

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


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.