Mansfield College Organ Appeal
Mansfield College possesses a wonderful romantic Victorian organ installed in the Chapel in 1890.
The time is right to return this magnificent instrument to its former glory.
The organ and its case are original features of the College Chapel and as such are a significant part of Mansfield’s heritage. It is one of the last unaltered Romantic organs in Oxford (both churches and colleges). The Gothic casework, designed by Basil Champneys, is an impressive feature of the instrument with its three pinnacle towers and two ranks of pipes in the elegantly decorated façade.
"An instrument of importance to the national heritage and one deserving careful preservation for the benefit of future generations.”
British Institute for Organ Studies Register of Historic Pipe Organs
Over time the organ has deteriorated through natural wear and tear. Currently several stops no longer work, while some notes are inoperative. As a result it is several years since it has been possible to play the organ.
This restoration, the first major restoration in the organ’s history, is not seen in isolation but as a catalyst for music-making both in the College and wider community. In other words, we are seeking to amplify the musical and spiritual heartbeat of this sacred place.
Initial estimates indicate that around £300,000 will be needed to put the organ back into full playing order.
With your support and encouragement we hope we will achieve this and extend the life of the organ for many decades for the benefit of future generations of College students and the wider Mansfield Community.
If you would like to sponsor a pipe, choose from five levels of donation from £25 to £250 (£25, £50, £100, £150, £250)
The Mansfield College Organ Appeal leaflet can be found here.
Mansfield have produced a new greeting card, featuring a beautiful image of the interior of the chapel. The cards can be found on our memorabilia page here and are £1.50 each, with all proceeds going towards the organ appeal.