Rhodes House
Rhodes House is part of the University of Oxford in England. It is located on the south of South Parks Road in central Oxford, and was built in memory of Cecil Rhodes, an alumnus of the university and a major benefactor.

History
The will of Cecil Rhodes (1853”“1902) created scholarships that became known as Rhodes Scholarships, administered by the Rhodes Trust. The Rhodes House building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker in a colonial style and was completed in 1928. During 1931, Albert Einstein delivered a series of three lectures at Rhodes House. Edmund Bowen, a chemistry don at the university, saved the blackboard used in the second lecture (on 16 May). This can still be seen at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, formally presented by Sir Francis Wylie, the Warden of Rhodes House at the time. Rhodes House with the location for one of the gigs of the band Ugly Rumours in the early 1970s, of which former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was a member. The Oxcentrics jazz band also played at Rhodes House.

The Rhodes Trust
The Rhodes Trust is based at Rhodes House. The Rhodes Trust, established in 1902 under the terms and conditions of the will of Cecil Rhodes, and by subsequent Acts of Parliament, is an educational charity whose principal activity is to support scholars selected from the citizens of 14 specified geographic constituencies in order to study at the University of Oxford. Rhodes Scholarships for a duration of one, two, or three years have been awarded annually since 1902. The Rhodes Trust consists of two registered charities, The Cecil Rhodes Trust Scholarship Fund and The Rhodes Trust Public Purposes Fund. The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees. The business of the Trust is administered by the Warden of Rhodes House and Secretary to the Trust, Dr Don Markwell.

Current trustees
The following are trustees:
  • The Rt. Hon. The Baron Waldegrave of North Hill, Chairman (since 2002, Trustee since 1992)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Baron Kerr of Kinlochard (since 1997)
  • Rosalind Hedley-Miller (since 1999)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Baron Fellowes (since 2000)
  • Julian Thompson (Diocesan College, Rondebosch and Worcester, 1953) (since 2002)
  • Professor Sir John Bell (Alberta & Magdalen 1975) (since 2002)
  • Thomas W. (Tom) Seaman (since 2004)
  • Professor Sir John Vickers (since 2006)
  • Michael McCaffery (Pennsylvania & Merton 1975) (since 2008)
  • Professor Ngaire Woods (New Zealand & Balliol 1987) (since 2009)


Former trustees
  • The Rt. Hon. The Baron Butler of Brockwell
  • Sir Rod Eddington
  • The Rt. Hon. The 4th Earl Grey
  • The Rt. Hon. The 1st Viscount Hailsham
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Sir Kenneth Wheare


Former Wardens
  • Professor Sir Carleton Allen
  • Sir Anthony Kenny
  • Sir Colin Lucas
  • Professor Don Markwell
  • Brigadier Sir Edgar Williams
  • Sir Francis Wylie


Rhodes House Library
The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House (also known as the Rhodes House Library) is part of the main Bodleian Library in Oxford.