- The Ancient Men -
Oxford University Morris Men

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Practices resume in September. Wanting to take up The Morris?
Then come along on Wednesday evenings to St Barnabas School, in Jericho (Hart St, Oxford OX2 6BN) from 7:30pm until 9pm.
E-mail: squire@am39.com for more information.

The Dancing Calendar 2014

Weds. 14 May 7:30pm The Old Bookbinders, Jericho
8:30pm The Harcourt Arms, Jericho
Weds. 21 May 7:30pm The Royal Blenheim, Oxford
8:30pm The Bear, Oxford
Sunday, 25 May Beer & Music Festival, Three Horseshoes, Garsington
Weds. 28 May 7:30pm The Plough, Wolvercote
8:30pm The White Hart, Wolvercote
Weds. 4 June 7:30pm The Duke of Monmouth, Abingdon Road, Oxford
8:30pm The White House, Abingdon Road, Oxford
Weds. 11 June 7:30pm The Grapes, George Street
8:30pm Far From The Madding Crowd, Friars' Entry
Saturday, 14 June 12:00 noon, Jericho Street Fair
Weds. 18 June 7:30pm The White Rabbit, Friars' Entry
8:30pm The Lamb & Flag, St Giles
Weds. 25 June 7:30pm The Turf Tavern, Bath Place
8:30pm The King's Arms, Holywell Street
Weds. 2 July 7:30pm The Red Lion, Old Marston
8:30pm The Victoria Arms, Old Marston
Mon. 7 July 8:00pm The Highway Man, Kidlington. guests of Masons' Apron
Weds. 16 July 7:30pm The White Horse, Broad Street
8:30pm The Bear, Blue Boar Street, Oxford
Weds. 23 July 7:30pm The Gardeners' Arms, North Parade, Summertown
8:30pm The Rose and Crown, North Parade, Summertown
Sat. 26 July 4:00pm WAD Stock Music & Beer Festival, Wootton & Dry Sandford
Weds. 30 July 7:30pm The Sun, Wheatley
8:30pm The Railway, Wheatley
Mon. 11 Aug. -
Sat. 16 Aug.
The 109th Tour of The Ancient Men
Exploring the delights of North & East Hertfordshire


Pictures of May Morning 2010

The Little Men 2010
'Bonny Green', Bucknell
Radcliffe Square
The Little Men 2010
Kim, James, Andrew, Tim, Jo
Horwich Prize Medal Morris Men
Ashmolean Museum

Tours of the Ancient Men

The 100th Tour took us to Uganda to help celebrate St George's Day, 2008.
We returned to Africa with a Tour to Kenya in April 2009.

(l to r) John Stott, David Henthorn, John Corlett, Gerard Robinson, Neil McKay
(front row) John Dawson, Garry Gibbons

The Ancient Men performing Young Collins (Bledington) at the Equator on 23rd April 2008.
(0 0' 0.00", +32 2' 23.21" according to GPS)

An on-line 'Google map' of the Tours is now available, as is the Google 'photo album'.

  • If you would like more information about joining OUMM or are a former member please complete the CONTACT form or e-mail The Squire: Squire@am39.com.
  • Practices take place on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at St Barnabas School in Jerico from October to April, in collaboration with Oxford City Morris Men. New members are always welcome.

60 Years young and still going strong!

The Ancient Men undertook their first tour in 1952 which was based at Fairford, Gloucestershire in collaboration with The Travelling Morrice. Since then they toured far and wide, from New Mexico to Japan; more than 100 tours in over 12 countries. To celebrate our Golden Jubilee we revisited the very first tour during August 2002, also accompanied by The Travelling Morrice. In 2012 the Diamond Jubilee Tour was based near Pontadawe, in South Wales. The first and only recorded tour by Oxford University Mens Morris was based at Trefusis in Cornwall in 1929.


Previous year's tours:

(more evidence of our activity can be seen on Picasaweb and YouTube.)

  • Ancient Wiltshire 30 July - 6 August 2006, Tour 96.

Happy Chaps on the Wiltshire Tour. ('photos Tim Hutton)

left to right:
John Stott, Capt Bob, John Forrest, Tim Diaper (kneeling), Gerard Robinson, Badger Forrest-Blincoe (crouching), Garry Gibbons, Big John, Chris Sheffield

Contact details:

The Squire of OUMM
Ed Gibbons   Squire @ am39.com
Secretary of OUMM
Guy Jackson   Bagman @ am39.com
Treasurer of OUMM
Mark McKerracher   Squire @ am39.com
The Cyber-Squire & Senior Member for OUMM
Gerard Robinson   CyberSquire @ am39.com

Information regarding activies in the area, including a list of local morris sides, can be obtained from: Oxfordshire Folk Association


  • ' Tradition is a burden imposed by the dead on the living.' Radio 4, Today Programme, 1996
  • 'Not every tradition, however entrenched, is attractive. Some should be closed down immediately.' Anon.
  • 'Multiplicanda non sunt rea plurima quam oportet' - William of Occam

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Last updated 3 September, 2014 gcr