Back to Basics Weekend
(Friday 14th - Sunday 16th September 2001)

Introduction

 

After two years of weekends with travel away from Oxford it was thought that this year the Society should return to its spiritual home. Although more sedate there should be something for everybody as we embark upon two full days of events combining such diverse activities as classical music, punting, museum visits and merriment entirely within Oxford. This year has an emphasis on the Daughters of Cain and Twilight of the Gods – two of the lesser applauded books and films.

For early arrivers there will be a pub crawl on the Friday evening. Saturday will start with a tour of the Sheldonian Theatre featured many times in the series – not least of all in the Twilight of the Gods. We will climb to the top which gives magnificent views of Oxford. Next stop is the Bodleian Library from where Gwladys Probert was shot in the Twilight of the Gods, and from where much of the information to solve the case the Wench is Dead was obtained. We will be taking the extended tour to include the underground passages, reading rooms and Divinity School. Time for lunch next at the Kings Arms featured in the Wolvercote Tongue, Happy Families and Deadly Slumber.

After lunch there will be a walking tour of some filming locations in the Daughters of Cain including Wadham College, Radcliffe Square and Christ Church College. In addition there will be a tour of the pathology laboratories used in filming the Daughters of Cain (and other episodes). Just as Morse went punting with Kay Brooks in the Daughters of Cain so we will also take to the river. Members may elect to be chauffeured or try their own hand at punting. Should it be raining there will be a trip to the Oxford Story (the Jewel that was Ours) instead.

The 2001 Gala dinner (with the inclusion of wine) will be in the beautiful surrounding of Magdalen College which has made guest appearances in Greeks Bearing Gifts, Dead on Time, Twilight of the Gods and the Dead of Jericho. Colin Dexter will once again be our guest of honour, and following dinner there will be a ‘Weakest Link’ style quiz to find out who is the official ‘No. 1 Morse Mastermind’. Ms. Robinson will not be present!

Sunday will start with a short tour of some Morse locations associated with Twilight of the Gods such as Trinity and Brasenose Colleges finishing with morning coffee at the Turf (Service of All the Dead, the Silent World of Nicholas Quinn and the Daughters of Cain) before a classical concert at the Holywell Music Room (Twilight of the Gods and Who Killed Harry Field?). From here a short walk will take us to the University & Pitt Rivers Museums where a buffet lunch will be served in the upper gallery giving members time to eat and explore the museum collections. Starting at 13:30 there will be a showing of the Daughters of Cain (in which the museum has a pivotal role) or Twilight of the Gods (on which members will vote) on the big screen in the lecture theatre where Morse Code was first demonstrated to the public in 1895. The Custodian of the Pitt Rivers will also give a short talk which will be followed by a look at the knife used in the Daughters of Cain. Finally we will gather at the Randolph Hotel for a full afternoon cream tea and plaque unveiling by Colin Dexter. At time of advertising the plaque unveiling needs to be reconfirmed by the new owners of the hotel which is being refurbished.

 

Itinerary

 

Friday 14th September 2001

20:00 Walking pub crawl to some of Morse’s haunts starting at the Randolph Hotel.

 

Saturday 15th September 2001

10:00 Tour of the Sheldonian Theatre

11:00 Extended tour of the Bodleian Library and tunnels

12:30 Private lunch at the Kings Arms

14:00 Daughters of Cain walking tour. Includes a visit inside the building used as the pathology laboratories.

15:30 Punting (or the Oxford Story if raining)

19:00 Dinner at Magdalen College with Colin Dexter

22:00 Morse’s ‘The Weakest Link’ quiz

 

Sunday 16th September 2001

9:30 Twilight of the Gods walking tour

10:30 Morning Coffee at the Turf Tavern

11:15 Classical concert at the Holywell Music Room

12:45 Private lunch at the University Museum

13:30 Showing of the Daughters of Cain/Twilight of the Gods in the museum lecture theatre followed by a talk from the Custodian of the Pitt Rivers Museum

15:30 Tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum

16:45 Afternoon cream tea and plaque unveiling by Colin Dexter at the Randolph Hotel