Merging the New with the Old

May 23, 2016


As many of you might have noticed we have introduced a new coat of arms. This was done in order to better preserve the long history of the OURS for the future. 


The Imperial Eagle of Russia still remains a centrepiece - now however in its actual colours - surrounded by the blue garter, characteristic of the University of Oxford, with our Society's motto inscribed within it. In the centre of the eagle features a crest within which one can see the original coat of arms of the Oxford Russian Club as designed by Prince Felix Youssoupoff. In the upper-left quarter of that crest one finds the Imperial eagle of Russia once more - designating the involvement of the Society with Russian culture - while to its right one finds the centrepiece of the Youssoupoff family coat of arms representing the history of our founder; below one sees the bull of Oxfordshire on the left, and a swan on the right, which in heraldry represents culture and the arts. This crest was replaced with our previous one for the centenary of our organisation in 2009 by the then president, Denis Menshikov.


We however have decided to merge the old with the new and merge the two coats of arms in an attempt to conserve the history of the Club for future generations. All artwork was kindly donated to the Club by Oliver Taylor.


The OURS Advisory Board & Executive Committee

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