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This morning, I received the most Oxford email ever:

Dear Colleague,
We are writing regarding the proposed redecoration of the Sheldonian Theatre.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1669, the Sheldonian was last decorated in the early 1960s and is now in need of redecoration.
Before embarking on this work, the University commissioned research into the history of the paintwork. This has discovered the original colour scheme of the Wren building and revealed that the present scheme is entirely the work of nineteenth and mid-twentieth-century restorers.
The Curators of the Sheldonian and the Building and Estates Subcommittee (BESC) are firmly supportive of restoring the original Wren colour scheme.
However, we are aware this will change the character of the theatre and so would like to invite comments from members of the University before wider public consultation and the submission of proposals for listed building consent.
We would therefore like to invite you to attend an exhibition in the Sheldonian on Friday 2 July between 9am and 4.30pm, where a sample wall panel will be available to view.
You can also find further information about the redecoration, including an image indicating the original colour scheme, at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/estates/conservation/sheldonian.shtml.
Kind regards,
[Redacted]

Yes, I am being contacted in case I have views on the possible impact of redecorating a theatre from (if you follow the link)... reddish to blueish detailing. I'm sure they'll have some passionate responses too. But not from me.

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danceinacircle
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
That is so precious. I want to pinch your college's cheeks.
intrepia
Jun. 21st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
... good to know they're busy with important work up at Oxford!
j4
Jun. 21st, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
I stared at that picture for ages before realising what the difference was. (Mind you, I had only had 2 pints of coffee by that point.) But it's not just the red-to-blue, they're removing the tacky gold twiddly bits on the white panelling too! These r srs changes!!
oxfordhacker
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
I did the same. I'm surprised you haven't been asked for your opinion too. Maybe your department's tastes are deemed to be less refined. Or you're consider to be a less precious bunch of buggers. Either seems plausible...
j4
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, no, I meant, I stared at that picture for ages when I got that email earlier today hence having only had the two pints of coffee by then. .... It made much more sense in my head, like a lot of things. But yeah, I am on the VC's spam-list too.
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