Oxford May Morning

by Paula Redway in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Oxford May Morning
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On 6th May 2022 we successfully raised £1,595 with 48 supporters in 28 days

Oxford's May Morning will be back in 2022 for people to enjoy in person. Let's celebrate being together with an event to remember.

by Paula Redway in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Oxford’s May Morning celebrations have traditionally taken place from the top of Magdalen College Tower for centuries. Until recently. For the last two years we have had to experience it distantly and online. In 2022 the choir will sing live once more, welcoming people back to the city as they gather at the foot of the tower.

This year we want to celebrate with an especially festive event.

Making May Morning 2022 Special

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May Morning as seen in previous years.

Magdalen Bridge, and its surroundings, is where people wait at dawn on 1st May for the choristers to sing Hymnus Eucharisticus, a 17th Century Latin hymn. In this significant year, we want to create an exciting and memorable experience for all visitors by harking back to bygone days when the bridge was decorated to welcome the spring. 

Working with our local artists and creative communities, we want to present the very best of the city for everyone to enjoy with artworks and displays marking this special May Morning.

Coming Together

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"Oxford May Morning" by Donald Judge licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

This May Morning Celebration takes place over a weekend when more people can take part and enjoy the experience. Because of its brief absence, some will be attending for the first time. Together we can create a welcome for everyone that will be memorable and joyous. This is an opportunity for local people to come together and celebrate. Everyone taking part in the campaign will be able to have their own souvenir of a unique May Day in Oxford.

Creating Opportunity

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"May Morning in Oxford" by Dave Smith licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 

Oxford City Council are one of a team of organisations that help manage May Morning, ensuring it is safe and welcoming for everyone attending. This year the council would like to create opportunities for local artists, businesses and residents to have more active involvement and ownership of this traditional event.

Welcoming Spring

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"May Morning in Oxford" by Ed Webster is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

The past two years have been particularly harsh for many and it is events like May Day that bring us together, help us heal and make us stronger. May Morning spring celebrations make a return to sun, light and growth – the very things that cheer us and inspire us to look to the future.

Coming together, adding an extra level of celebration, and involving all our global communities will be a perfect welcome to the season.  

Your Donations

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Your Rewards

These unique designs, specially created for Oxford's May Morning will be printed on various items including t-shirts. Choose from the rewards menu to claim a favourite for your donation to the campaign.

                                               

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Ref: MM01 (Dove design on blue)         Ref: MM02 (Oxford Come Together)

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Ref: MM03 (Welcome to Oxford)           Ref: MM04 (Saxon Tower)

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Ref: MM05 (Senli Cash & Go)                  Ref: MM06 (Oxford Playhouse)
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Ref: MM07 (Magdalen College)             Ref: MM08 (The Lord Mayor)

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Ref: MM09 (Oxfam Food Hamper)         Ref: MM10 (Meal Voucher)

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Ref: MM11 (Gift Card)

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

25 of 25 claimed

Foreign Currency Voucher Value £20

Get £20 worth of any foreign currency from Senli Cash & Go. Make your donation here then collect a voucher from the Museum of Oxford to redeem at the store. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM05.

£5 or more

14 of 500 claimed

Supporters Badge

Supporters Badge. Specially designed by artist Ruth Galloway wear this mini-artwork with pride as a thank you for your contribution to the appeal. Badges will be posted to you. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM02 for the design.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Guided Tour of Magdalen College

Go behind the scenes at one of Oxford’s most prestigious colleges. This guided tour by a member of staff or student, explores the historic buildings. The donation allows one person on the tour. All tours will take place after May Day and will be booked with the college at a convenient date. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM07.

£15 or more

2 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition T-shirt for Children by Mani

Designed by local artist Mani. This glorious detailed image especially commissioned for May Day shows iconic features of Oxford's history and landscape. Printed on a white organic cotton, ethically produced shirt, it is available in a variety of sizes. Delivery will take approximately up to 7 days to arrive. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM03 for the design. Click on the donate button to choose.

£15 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition Squashua T-shirt for Children

Local artist Joshua Squashua creates beautiful watercolour illustrations of Oxford scenes. This t-shirt features a specially commissioned image from him just for this May Day 2022. The image is printed on a dark blue organic cotton, ethically produced shirt and is available in a variety of sizes. Delivery will take approximately up to 7 days to arrive. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM01 for the design. Click on the donate.

£15 or more

2 of 50 claimed

Unique Children's T-shirt by Ruth Galloway

Proudly wear your t-shirt designed by Ruth Galloway on May Morning 2022 to show your support. The image is printed on a black organic cotton, ethically produced shirt and is available in a variety of sizes. Delivery will take approximately up to 7 days to arrive. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM02 for the design. Click on the donate button to choose.

£20 or more

13 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition T-shirt for Adults by Mani

Designed by local artist Mani. This glorious detailed image especially commissioned for May Day shows iconic features of Oxford's history and landscape. Printed on a white organic cotton, ethically produced shirt, it is available in a variety of sizes. Delivery will take approximately up to 7 days to arrive. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM03 for the design. Click on the donate button to choose.

£20 or more

9 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition Joshua Squashua T-shirt for Adults

Local artist Joshua Squashua creates beautiful watercolour illustrations of Oxford scenes. This t-shirt features a specially commissioned image from him just for this May Day 2022. The image is printed on a dark blue organic cotton, ethically produced shirt and is available in a variety of sizes. Delivery will take approximately up to 7 days to arrive. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM01 for the design. Click on the donate

£20 or more

7 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition T-shirt by Ruth Galloway (Adult)

Proudly wear your t-shirt designed by Ruth Galloway on May Morning 2022 to show your support. The image is printed on a black organic cotton, ethically produced shirt and is available in a variety of sizes. Delivery will take approximately up to 7 days to arrive. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM02 for the design. Click on the donate button to choose.

£20 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Limited edition screenprint by Ruth Galloway

Be the proud owner of a limited edition print specially made, signed and numbered by artist Ruth Galloway for May Morning 2022. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM02 for the design.

£20 or more

1 of 10 claimed

May Morning Music List Signed by the Choir

Your very own a copy of the music list used on May Morning 2022, signed by the choristers and the Informator Choristarum who leads the choir. This unique piece of memorabilia may show an early performance of future singing stars. This will be posted to donors after May Day. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM07.

£20 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Gourmet Burger Kitchen Meal Voucher

Have a top-notch patty at Gourmet Burger Kitchen in George Street. Your reward will get you a voucher worth £25. To be claimed direct from the restaurant. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM10.

£25 or more

4 of 5 claimed

May Morning breakfast at Magdalen College for Two

Follow your dawn rising to welcome the spring with a traditional hearty breakfast at Magdalen College’s Medieval Hall built in 1480. Your reward entitles you to mingle with the guests and enjoy the historical surroundings. Breakfast for two per donation. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM07.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Family Tea & Tour with Oxford's Lord Mayor

A unique opportunity for a group of up to 6 people to meet the Lord Mayor in his parlour, take tea and even try on the mayoral regalia. Plus a guided tour of the Town Hall. All to be booked for a mutually convenient time. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM08.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family visit to the Saxon Tower & souvenir mug

Explore Oxford from the rooftops with a family ticket to visit the Saxon Tower at St Michael at the North Gate. Take home a souvenir mug as a memento of your trip. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM04.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

3 adults and 2 children visit to the Saxon Tower

Take a look at the Oxford skyline from a unique location. The church at St Michael at the North Gate is home to the oldest intact building in the city. Claim 3 adult and 2 child tickets to climb to the top and see for miles. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM04.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fair Trade Hamper from Oxfam worth £35

A collection of fair trade food and products sourced by Oxfam to spice up your store cupboard. The hamper will be available from the first Oxford shop on Broad Street after May Morning. Please let us know about any allergies when making this donation. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM09.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Oxford Playhouse show tickets

Oxford Playhouse has been presenting world class performance in the heart of the city for over 80 years. With this reward you can claim a pair of tickets with a value up to £50 depending on the chosen show (Oxford Playhouse terms and conditions apply). Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM06.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Jigsaw gift card and styling session worth £250

Donate here to get a £250 gift card to be used in the Oxford store. A free personal styling session can be booked to make the best use of your reward. Scroll to the bottom of our introduction to see image MM11.

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