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Construction on the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities is well underway and on track for completion in 2025.

The Centre will become a new home for the research and teaching of Oxford’s humanities disciplines with state-of-the-art academic, exhibition and performance spaces. It will bring together seven faculties, the Institute for Ethics in AI, the Oxford Internet Institute, and a new humanities library.

The Centre will be open to the everyone, who might visit to attend our performances, or simply to walk in for a coffee or a drink which they can enjoy them in the building or one of the new green spaces outside. 

The building project is the largest ever undertaken by Oxford University and will become one of the biggest buildings to adhere to Passivhaus standards. More information on the design of the building, and the construction process, can be found here.

The Cultural Programme forms part of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities. The landmark Centre has been made possible by Stephen A. Schwarzman.

For the first time in the University’s history, this is a building explicitly designed for everyone – for concerts, for community and school partnerships, for pathbreaking research and inspiring teaching, or simply for a cup of coffee.



The Cultural Programme will come to life in – and bring to life – the Centre’s outstanding performance venues. These will include: 

  • A 500-seat concert hall 
  • A 250-seat theatre 
  • An immersive performance space known as the ‘Black Box’ for creating and delivering experimental performances 
  • A 100-seat cinema

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