Welcome

The Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) is for everyone interested in the history of our county.  We foster and promote the study and publication of local history and act as an umbrella organisation for local history groups, of which there are more than 80 in Oxfordshire. We also campaign to preserve and improve services for Oxfordshire local historians.

New! A History of the County of Oxford, XVIII: Benson, Ewelme and the Chilterns (Ewelme Hundred) edited by Simon Townley has just been published by the Victoria County History. This is an authoritative account of fourteen rural parishes on the edge of the Chilterns, including the historic settlement of Ewelme. Read a fuller description here. Members of the Oxfordshire Local History Association are eligible for a 25% discount, making the volume £71.25 (instead of £95 RRP). Orders can be placed by contacting 01243 843 291 or customer@wiley.com or via www.boydellandbrewer.com.

Small grants for local history projects in Oxfordshire
OLHA has some money available with which to fund or part-fund local history projects in Oxfordshire. To apply for a grant (of up  to £500), write to chair@olha.org.uk outlining, in no more than 500 words, the purpose of the project, the activities and people involved, the timescale and the planned outcomes. Make it clear how much money is being requested from OLHA and include a budget for the whole project. Individuals and community groups can apply, and requests will be considered by the OLHA committee at their meetings in early March, June, September and December.

Members of OLHA :

  • receive our newsletter three times a year, full of up-to-date information on what’s happening in local history across Oxfordshire, plus a diary of  talks and meetings;
  • receive our journal at least once a year, containing articles by Oxfordshire local historians on a wide range of topics;
  • have the opportunity to publish research in that journal;
  • can attend two OLHA study days a year, each on a specific topic and with several speakers and a guided tour; and
  • are kept in touch with other Oxfordshire local historians.

Click here to read OLHA’s constitution.

Click here to hear OLHA chairman Tony Hadland talking about how our Oxfordshire ancestors coped with flooding [copyright The Kat Orman Show, Radio Oxford];

And click here to read other media coverage.

For information on joining OLHA, click here.