Details of illustrated talks

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100 Radley objects

1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest – a light-hearted romp

125 years of Raleigh bicycles

1909 Strike at Ruskin College: The Plebs League, the Great Unrest and Independent Working-Class Education

A crystal vision of Victorian Britain: the Great Exhibition of 1851

A 17th-century Christmas

Afflictions and their curious remedies in days gone by

A literary tour of Oxford(shire) waterways

Apples! The myth and mystery of England’s favourite fruit

A short history of the GWR Abingdon Branch

A tiger in the bathroom and bullets up the chimney

A walk along the Thames Path from the source near Cirencester towards Oxford

A way with water: Farnborough Hall and the development of a Georgian estate

Alice, Lewis Carroll & the River Thames

An introduction to portable cycles – folding and separable bikes and trikes, from the 1880s to the present day

Architecture of Oxford University

Armistice 1918 and After: Some Local Perspectives

Astrop Spa – the history of

Beer, sausages and marmalade: Oxford food and drink in the 19th century

Black Death: its nature and effects on society

Bridging the Gap – Goring and Streatley through the ages

Britain’s most eccentric sports

Brome and Whorwood families of Holton Park: recusants and royalists

Canal history: the world to Wiltshire, from 520BC to the present day

Canal people

Canal people and communities

Canal restoration: benefits to wildlife and the environment

Capability Brown at Radley: rediscovering a lost landscape

Catholic recusancy in Berkshire

Catholic recusancy in Oxfordshire

Charles Dickens as social reformer and medical observer as illustrated in his novels

Child labour in 19th-century Oxfordshire

Children and war: children’s experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire

Christ Church, Oxford

City of Oxford during the Civil War, 1642-46

Colditz Castle 1940-1945

Common right – private property: how enclosure shaped the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire landscape

Conscientious objectors in First World War Oxfordshire

Country carriers

Covert Catholics of the Bampton area

Covert Catholics of the Lambourn Valley and Downs

Covert Catholics of the Vale of White Horse

Crime and punishment in Victorian Britain

Cropredy: developing the archaeology of a village

CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein

Dad’s underground army: the Auxiliary Units of the British Resistance Organisation

Daniel Harris: Oxford Castle gaoler extraordinaire

Deserted settlements of Radley

Disaster Waiting – The Severn Bridge Disaster

Dressing up the past: historical pageants – the re-enactment of Oxfordshire local history

Drovers’ roads in Oxfordshire and Beyond

Droving through the South Midlands

Early Oxford-Cambridge boat races

Early women professional gardeners, including the founders of Waterperry

Edmund Campion’s last mission

Edwardians on the move

England observed: the photography of John Gay

Everest needs you, Mr Irvine: the story of the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition

Fair Mile Hospital: a quick overview

Famous Belgians: more than you might think

Fight against fascism in Oxford

Foray to the Falklands

Fore and Aft – The Purton Ship Graveyard

Four generations at Fair Mile Hospital

Frenzy: the notion of madness in medieval times

From biplanes to BAC via bouncing bombs: the aeronautical career of Herbert Jeffree, FRAS

From Thames to Rhine by bike in 1966

From Trevithick to Barnes Wallis: engineering in the family

Gears without tears

German bands in Victorian England

Getting around in the 1960s

Getting started with family history

Glenn Miller: the magic and the mystery

Goring: an Oxfordshire Village in the 1960s

Goring & Streatley’s Hall of Fame

Goring’s Wonderful Railway

Green Man trail in Oxfordshire

Harcourt Arboretum: the first 50 years

Harvest rituals

History of Oxford University

Holton Park: an estate and family through the lens of the 1890s

Holton Park: from medieval manor to secondary academy – 1,000 years of change and continuity

Hospitals and infirmaries in the Middle Ages

How I became a broadcaster

In Defence of the Drift – A Gloster Boy Abroad

Indian Army during the First World War: an Oxf and Bucks Light Infantry Perspective

Industrial archaeology in your garage, shed and attic

Ingenious inventions of Alex Moulton

Intriguing and surprising themes in Medieval illuminated manuscripts

Islay: Queen of the Hebrides

Introducing Cork and Kerry

Jambusters: the WI in wartime

James Sadler and me: how the first Englishman to fly enabled me to overcome lifelong height anxiety

James Sadler of Oxford: the first English aeronaut

John Taylor the Waterpoet: mad, sad, glad and bad Civil War Oxford

Kidlington in the Great War: The lost soldiers’ stories and remembrance in an Oxfordshire village

Kingerlee: the family and the building firm

Leisure and entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford

Life in the medieval monastic cloister

Light in the Darkest Hour – Dunkirk’s Little Ships

Literary Oxford

Local aspects of commemorating the deceased in the Middle Ages

Local history: how to do it!

Lord Nuffield’s great generosity to Oxford colleges

Lord’s – the home of cricket

Lost villages of Oxfordshire (or Northamptonshire / Warwickshire / Buckinghamshire)

Lydney’s Lost Fleet – The Lydney Ship Graveyard

Mapledurham watermill and turbine (the last commercially-working watermill on the Thames): past, present and future

Meet at Dawn, Unarmed: Experiences with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during the first five months of the Great War

Memories of the Vale: a lost way of life before the railways came to the countryside

More than three men in a boat: the rise and fall of pleasure boating on the Thames

Morris dancing [tailored to area where appropriate]

Morris’s motopolis: the motor works and the transformation of Oxford

My last ag-lab

Nineteenth-century women travellers and explorers

No corsets! The aesthetic and rational dress movements come to Oxford

Northamptonshire and its hearth taxes

Nuffield College’s “Island Site” in west Oxford

Old time Christmas

Olive Gibbs, local politician and peace campaigner

On two wheels: the fascinating story of the bicycle

Otmoor Riots in a wider context

Our Boys 1914-1918: who were the fallen of one Oxfordshire valley?

Oxf and Bucks on the Somme, 1916

Oxford Botanic Garden: the first 393 years

Oxford Castle: 17th- and 18th-century crimes, escapes, and punishments

Oxford eccentricity

Oxford in the Civil War (a)

Oxford in the Civil War (b)

Oxford in the history of medicine

Oxford of Inspector Morse

Oxford’s architecture

Oxford’s historic waterways

Oxford’s Jewish heritage

Oxford’s Welsh connections

Oxford: town & gown

Oxfordshire in the British Civil Wars 1642-51

Oxfordshire in the Second World War

Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39

Oxfordshire country houses

Oxfordshire Home Front, 1914-18

Oxfordshire railways

Oxfordshire’s Military Heritage – 43AD to the present day

Pagans & puritans – the story of May Morning in Oxford

Papists at the Manor: the Yates and Throckmortons of Buckland and Lyford in the Vale of White Horse

Percy Manning, the antiquary who collected Oxfordshire

Peripatetic poor in the eighteenth century

Place-names, landscape and settlement in the Banbury region

Pop pirates of the 1960s

Poor Law in the eighteenth century: the crisis in the parishes

Port to Port – A Historical Journey, the Length and Breadth of the Sharpness to Gloucester Canal

Poverty, pestilence and public health in Victorian Britain

Power and personalities: politics in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford

Radley gentry, yeomen and land

Radley land enclosure

Radley timber framed buildings

Raleigh-ing to the cause: the bicycle in wartime

Ridge and furrow – what’s it all about?

Resisting the Virgin Queen

Rout on the Riviera – Exercise Tiger – The Slapton Sands Disaster

Ruskin College: the ‘ups and downs’, a history of the college

Saints and sinners: Victorian and Edwardian religion in Oxfordshire

Saunders of the River – Sam E Saunders, boat builder of Goring, Streatley and founder of the Aviation Company Saunders Roe

Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire: selected tales of toffs in trouble

Sculls, skiffs and steamers: the history of Salter’s Steamers

Seventeenth century village – who was in charge?

Sex, drink and death in the 17th century

Sharpness Scuppered Ships – The Sharpness Ship Graveyard

Sleeping through the ages: historical aspects of human sleep

Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil War, 1642-46

Steam and steel in the Vale of White Horse

Stolen Lives: Individual tragedies of the Great War

Stranger in the house: women’s stories of men returning from the Second World War

The Abingdon waterturnpike murder

The Air Transport Auxiliary: unsung heroes of World War II

The Battle of Cropredy Bridge and the Oxfordshire Campaign, 1644

The campaign for higher education in Oxford in the 1870s and 1880s

The Cherwell Crossings Battlefield Archaeology Project

The Church in revolt? Conscientious objection, religion and the public in Oxford in 1916

The Civil War in your area

The ‘cold-footed brigade’ and the ‘local bigwigs’: Conscientious objectors and the First World War military service tribunals of Oxfordshire

The coming of the railway to Oxford

The common lodging-house in Victorian England

The corruption of Parliament? MPs, money and public service in modern Britain

The duke and the miner’s daughter

The elusive Lewis Carroll

The Friends’ [Quakers’] Ambulance Unit: Its humanitarian relief work across Europe in the First and Second World Wars

The gender agenda: the British suffrage movement

“The Great Stink!” Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian battle against dirt

The history and folklore of European witchcraft and attempts to combat its influence

The history of Oxford University

The history of Radley College: school, grounds and buildings

The history of the development of printed maps of Oxfordshire and of the adjoining counties

The history of the River Thames

The Holyhead Road

The Home Front in World War II

The invisible brick: revealed in language and literature, film and fiction, music and murder, in the local area and much more

The life and times of Thomas Butler Gunn

The medieval wall paintings of St Mary’s Church, Chalgrove

The Mills Archive

The parish of St Thomas the Martyr, West Oxford

The prehistory of the upper Thames

The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford

The pursuit of pleasure: Victorian and Edwardian leisure

The river at war: why the Thames was such an important strategic feature in World War II

The Roman invasions, occupation and colonisation of Britain

The Tudor warship, the Mary Rose

The turbulent lifetime of Thomas Vachell

The Upper Thames Patrol: the waterborne Home Guard of the River Thames

The US Ninth Air Force in the UK in World War II

The water gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a viscountess

‘Those goody-goody fellows’: The Quaker India Conciliation Group and Indian independence in the 1930s

Thousands of miles in the Rob Roy canoe: the life and times of John MacGregor

Titanic Effort! – RMS Carpathia’s Dash to Save a Stricken Liner

Town Lands: the story of Henley Workhouse

Tracks to the trenches

Transport in the Goring Gap – an illustrated history

Travels with Auntie: my life at the BBC World Service

Turning over Stones – Nun’s Acre, Goring and its architect Percy Stone

Victorian and Edwardian development of East Oxford

Victorian and Edwardian industrial buildings of Oxford

Victorian lodging houses

Victorian workhouse

Voices of the Civil War

Votes for women in Oxford (and/or Oxfordshire)

Voyages to the House of Diversion: Hanwell Castle and its Jacobean park

We Good… We No Shoot: The Christmas Truce in the Plugstreet Wood area of Belgium and the nine battalions involved

West Country defences in World War II

What my DNA test told me

When the children came home: stories of wartime evacuees

Where are the Boys? The first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916

Who were the Hildesleys? – the story of a secretive Thames Valley gentry family

William Castle: a notable Banbury eccentric and Morris Fool

William Gill: Victorian explorer and spy

Wilts & Berks Canal: past, present and future

Women in Air Force Blue

Wreckers’ Tales – Ship Breakers of the Severn

Wrecks to Relics – Purton’s Mulberry Blueprint

WWI memorials: public schools in the Great War

X marks the spot: ballot papers in Britain, France and the US, c. 1750-1950

Yesterday’s runways: airfields of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds