Oxford student and staff wellbeing

GLAM activities for students and staff

Self-guided in-person activities – perhaps to do one lunchtime?

Ashmolean Museum free Ashmolean gallery tour (45 minutes-1 hour)

Ashmolean Museum Free exhibitions and displays (30 minutes +)

Bodleian Weston Library events and exhibitions (15 minutes-1 hour) 

History of Science Museum spotlight stories (30 minutes-1 hour)  

Oxford University Museum of Natural History free audioguide (on web/phone) (15 minutes-1 hour)

Oxford University Museum of Natural History highlights guide (30 minutes-1 hour)

Pitt Rivers Museum self-guided search for the museum's highlight objects (30 minutes-1 hour) 

At home or at your desk – to do at your own pace

Ashmolean at Home: jigsaws, colouring pages, stories, videos, and more

Ashmolean mindfulness: slow art and mindfulness videos

History of Science Museum online exhibitions and displays: Mirror of the Stars

Oxford Botanic Garden via Google Arts and Culture

Free events

Bodleian wellbeing in the libraries, incl. Origami for DPhils, DPhil Crafty Connections, Quiet activities in the libraries, Lego Lunch, Coffee Morning, Nature Walk, book clubs and more

OUMNH events for adults: lots of free seminars after work

Pitt Rivers Museum what's on and events


Don’t forget that Oxford University and Oxford Brookes staff and students get free entry to Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum


GLAM-based Student Welfare and Support Service (SWSS) workshops

A range of workshops and groups are run by the Student Welfare and Support Service (SWSS) to help students build skills to respond to the demands of life at university. These sessions include:

  • Forest Bathing
  • Mindfulness at the Museum - using our collections as a mindfulness tool (e.g. Ashmolean tea bowls and Museum of Natural History geological specimens)
  • Perfectionism - understanding it and strategies to manage it

The topics change per term, so keep checking this page for updates.