Shark in the News

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 plan to get it recommended for the council's heritage asset register, and possibly applying to getting it listed by English Heritage.

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

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