Sheldonian theatre

Knowledge, ceremony and celebration

The Sheldonian Theatre is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford: the place where students are admitted to the University, where they receive their degree, and the venue for Congregation – the University’s parliament. It is also the venue for other ceremonial events including Encaenia.

Constructed between 1664 and 1669 and funded by Gilbert Sheldon, Warden of All Souls College and later Archbishop of Canterbury, the Sheldonian Theatre is the first major design of Sir Christopher Wren. The original roof, hailed as a masterpiece of architectural design, is made up of a series of timber trusses and complicated cross beams supported by braces and screws without any columns.





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"We wanted to thank the Sheldonian Team for hosting the UNIQ Farewell Ceremonies; it is great for the participants to experience the Sheldonian Theatre at the end of their course."