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Restoration Works

OCMS is housed by SS Phillip and James Church, a Grade I Listed Building. This building was commissioned to the architect George Edmund Street who is renowned by his major work, The Royal Courts of Justice in London. The church was built in 1860 and consecrated in 1862. It was used for worshiping purposes until the 1970s, when it was declared redundant and its use was changed to other aims. The church retains all its original features, with the exception of the reredos, which were replaced in 1883. It contains metalwork by Joseph Leaver and stone and wood carvings by Thomas Earp.

angel St George and the Dragon
St George and the Dragon are sculpted in the lintel to the north transept of the church. The angel is situated in one of the capitals of the columns in the nave.

The SS Phillip and James church is considered one of the most exquisite examples of the Victorian Gothic Revival and it is our duty to look after its maintenance and restoration. We often have costly repairs and restoration works which need carrying out. This year we need to raise £40,000 in order to protect the beautiful stained glass windows in the church, and as our building is no longer recognised as a functioning church, we are very limited in organisations which we can apply to for funding. We will instead be increasingly reliant on our donors and the local community in Oxford to help us fund repair and restoration works.

nave, reading area and altar

View of the Nave, the reading area and the altar from the west Gallery.

academic discussions

Academic discussions, tutoring, and student life are staged amongst the outstanding features of the building.

Student blog

Terry Garde - Kenya Fieldwork Diary

Jeremiah Johnston (OCMS Alumnus)

Flora and the OCMS family

Usha Reifsnider

Interfaith and International Vigil for Peace

Worku Mohammed

Anonymous Student - This student wishes to remain anonymous due to the sensitive situation he currently works in

Student blog

Students are encouraged to submit blog entries for this space, either about their time in residence in Oxford, or their work in the field, or their life outside of OCMS.