After breakfast, we headed off for the Tube and a short trip to Victoria Station. It was our first encounter with peak Tube traffic—it took us three trains to get everyone to Victoria Station, and we were packed in like sardines. We caught the Oxford Tube—a double decker bus—from Victoria Station to Oxford. Alas, this week, Oxford began a long term road reconstruction project, and it contributed to delaying our arrival by nearly an hour. We immediately toured Christ College, the second largest college comprising Oxford University, then saw the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Shendolian Theatre, History of Science Museum, the site where three Christians were martyred by being burned to death, and the Martyrs’ Memorial before heading to the Eagle and Child Pub for a late lunch. The pub was warm, and atmosphere friendly, and the food very good. Posters on the wall featured the Chronicles of Narnia and Hobbit; one room had pictures and correspondence from T.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. This pub was the site of the weekly meetings of the Inklings for many years.
Several students arranged for a tour of the C.S. Lewis home in Headington. The rest of the group visited the Museum of the History of Science and the Pitt Rivers Museum of Natural History before enjoying 1½ hours of free time in Oxford. Our return trip on the Oxford Tube was slowed by a 3-car accident on the highway.
Photographs: Class outside the Eagle and Child Pub after satisfying lunch.