Shark in the News

Media reports in 2022 concerning Oxford Heritage Asset Register listing

On 23 March 2022 the Planning Committee of Oxford City Council voted to add the Headington Shark to the city's Heritage Asset Register, following a nomination by a member of the public, despite the vehement opposition of the Shark's current owner, Magnus Hanson-Heine:

There were also the following articles prior to the decision:

Media reports following Bill Heine's death in April 2019

Stats April 2019
Above: Massive spike in the number of
people visiting the Headington Shark page
(from c.20 a day to 6,400 on 4 April 2019)
following the news of Bill Heine's death

Media reports from 2018

Media response in late 2017/2018 to idea of Shark becoming heritage asset

Shark Stats


There was a flurry of national and international media interest in the Headington Shark in late 2017, reflected in the sharp spike in the stats for the Shark page on this website between 15 and 23 December (right).

This all stemmed from an article in the Oxford Mail about city councillor Ruth Wilkinson's hope that local residents would put it forward as a suggestion for the council's heritage asset register (and possibly even apply to get it listed by Historic England).

So far, however, no such applications appear to have been made, despite the massive international media coverage below, some of which is inaccurate:

Media reports 2002–2011

Media reports 1987–1992

These articles about the original battle for the shark are too early to be available online

  • Independent on Sunday, 1987:
    “Deep waters”
  • Isis student magazine, 1980s:
    “Hark hark the shark”
  • Guardian, 7 August 1989:
    “Flying shark lands in court”
  • Sunday Correspondent, 26 November 1989:
    “The hunting of the shark”
  • The Times, 11 June 1992:
    Bernard Levin: “A fibreglass shark plunging into an Oxford rooftop is a lark that baffles officialdom”
    Transcribed here by the “Not PC” blogger

© Stephanie Jenkins


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