Abbot's Kitchen, Oxford

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Abbot's Kitchen chemistry laboratory in Oxford
Detail of a wood engraving by W. E. Hodgkin of 1855 showing the Abbot's Kitchen

The Abbot's Kitchen in Oxford, England, is an early chemistry laboratory based on the Abbot's Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey, a mediaeval 14th-century octagonal building that served as the kitchen at the abbey.[1]

History[edit]

Chemistry was first recognized as a separate discipline at Oxford University with the construction of this laboratory, attached to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and opening in 1860.[2] The laboratory is a stone-built structure to the right of the museum, built in the Victorian Gothic style. The building was one of the first ever purpose-built chemical laboratories anywhere and was extended in 1878. A further major extension adding three wings was completed in 1957.[3] It is still a part of the Department of Chemistry. The ground floor is used as a training room by the Radcliffe Science Library.[4]

In December 2018 it was announced that the building would be used for the proposed new graduate college of the University, Parks College, opening in September 2020.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glastonbury Abbey Photo: The Abbot's Kitchen". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ "History of Chemistry at the University of Oxford". UK: Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ "The "Abbots Kitchen" by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History". UK: Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Radcliffe Science Library | RSL History". Bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  5. ^ "Oxford unveils plans for new graduate college". University of Oxford. 2018-12-07. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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