In 1891, Horace Hart (1840–1916) of the Clarendon Press (now Oxford University Press) proposed an institute to provide a place providing relaxation and further education facilities for staff at the Press. He planned a gymnasium, library, and reading room, and to provide teaching of French, German, Greek, Latin, mathematics, and shorthand.
The Clarendon Institute now houses the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, (an independent centre of the University of Oxford), the British Inter-University China Centre, the Centre for Linguistics & Philology, and the Leopold Muller Memorial Library.
In 2016, the building suffered a fire.
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