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Happy 90th Birthday OUMM!

On 17th October 1926, Oxford University Men's Morris (OUMM) was officially established as a self-governing body. Immediately prior to this, much of the Morris in Oxford University seems to have been centred around the Oxford Branch of the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS). For more detail, delve in to "OUMM and its background." by Roy Judge.

Practices are held on Wednesday evenings during the Winter at St Baranbas School, Jericho. Why not come & join us?
For more information, contact our Squire: Squire @

2016 Dancing Programme

Sun 1st 6:15am Radcliffe Square, Oxford    
Wed 4th 7:30pm The Royal Oak, Woodstock Road 8:30pm The Gardener's Arms, Plantation Road
Wed 11th 7:30pm The Royal Blenheim, St Ebbe's 8:30pm The Bear, Bear Lane (with Summertown Morris)
Wed 18th 7:30pm The Plough, Wolvercote 8:30pm The White Hart, Wolvercote (with Wolvercote Morris)
Wed 25th 7:30pm Broad Street, Oxford    
Wed 1st 7:30pm Eagle & Child, St Giles, Oxford 8:30pm Lamb & Flag
Wed 8th 7:30pm The Cape of Good Hope, Cowley Road 8:30pm The Angel & Grey Hound, St Clements
Sat 11th from noon Jericho Street Fair    
Mon 13th 8pm The Bell, Lower Heyford, guests of Mason's Apron, with Sharp & Blunt, Charlbury, Wychwayz
Wed 15th 7:30pm The Red Lion, Old Marston 8:30pm The Victoria Arms, Old Marston
Wed 22nd 7:30pm The Oldbookbinders Arms, Jericho 8:30pm The Harcourt Arms, Jericho
Wed 29th 7:30pm The Head of the River, Folly Bridge 8:30pm The Whitehouse, Abingdon Road
Wed 6th 7:30pm The Kite, Osney 8:30pm The Punter, Osney
Wed 12th 8:00pm The Dewdrop, Summertown, with Summertown    
Wed 20th 7:30pm The Rose & Crown, North Parade 8:30pm The Gardeners Arms, North Parade
Wed 26th 7:30pm

The Port Mahon, St Clements

8:30pm The Star, Rectory Road
Wed 3rd 7:30pm The Crown, Cornmarket 8:30pm The Swan & Castle, Castle precinct
Wed 10th 7:30pm The Royal Blenheim, St Ebbe's 8:30pm The Bear, Alfred Street
Wed 17th 7:30pm The Perch, Binsey    
Wed 24th 7:30pm The Fir Tree, Iffley Road 8:30pm The Cape of Good Hope, St Clements
Wed 31st 8:00pm The Rose & Crown, North Parade    



The most unexpected highlight of 2015 was the making of the video accompanying 'Apparition' by Stealing Sheep along with our good friends Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers!

Apparition in Turville

also in The Guardian

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:

  • 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
Jennifer Norris   Squire @
The Bagman
Ed Gibbons   Bagman @
The Cyber-Squire & Senior Member for OUMM
Gerard Robinson   CyberSquire @

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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