A stone head, in front of the History of Science Museum, on Broad Street in Oxford.

A stone head, in front of the History of Science Museum, on Broad Street in Oxford.

At the front of the History of Science Museum and the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street, Oxford, sit 17 stone heads depicting bearded men, generally known as the Emperors' Heads.

A team of scientists from the University's School of Geography and the Environment have been learning about the history of the emperors' heads - exploring the Bodleian's archival records, hunting for missing heads from the past, and testing the old stone to inform conservation efforts. However, what does the future hold for these Oxford icons?

In a collaboration between the School of Geography and the Environment and the History of Science Museum, and with the financial support of the University's Diversity Fund, four artists will be commissioned to explore ideas of what tomorrow's Oxford heads might look like.

The successful artists will have their work installed alongside research from the School of Geography and the Environment, as part of a special 'Oxford Heads' exhibition at the Weston Library, opening in May 2019.

Artists from both contemporary and traditional backgrounds were invited to submit their ideas for the creation of temporary artistic installations that meet the project aims. The deadline has now passed for artists' submissions.