Exhibitions & events

7 August to 3 November: Normandy 75: Oxfordshire to the Orne. An exhibition charting the WW2 invasion of Normandy by allied forces. It combines a travelling exhibition from the National Army Museum with regimental history and artefacts from SOFO’s own archives to give the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry’s perspective on D-Day and the weeks that followed. At the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock.

Tuesdays in August: Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford is hosting a series of free summer talks by Professor Laurence Brockliss on the history of the university. The talks will be on Tuesdays at 3pm, starting on 6 August. Further information here; booking for the first talk here.

Ongoing until 16 August: A Great Deliverance: Berkshire and the Aftermath of the First World War, at the Berkshire Record Office (BRO) in Reading.

Ongoing until 24 August: Healing Spaces, a free exhibition at Oxford Town Hall examining the history of children and young people’s health in Oxford. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Further details here.

Tuesday 27 August, 9:30am: tune in to BBC Radio 4 when the weekly series Classified Britain will focus on the social history revealed by the small ads on the front page of The Oxford Times of 7 May 1926, the fourth day of the General Strike. The story, outlined by broadcaster James Naughtie, features contributions from Oxfordshire historians Malcolm Graham, Liz Woolley and Ciaran Walsh.

Sunday 1 September : The annual Wychwood Forest Fair will be on at Little Park, Cornbury. The fair celebrates the diversity and richness of the natural world as well as the working and leisure activities of people living within the bounds of the old Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood. Further details here.

Friday 13 to Sunday 22 September: Heritage Open Days, the nationwide festival of history and heritage, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with events over a ten-day period. Over seventy properties will be open across Oxfordshire. In the city, the Oxford Preservation Trust will be co-ordinating Oxford Open Doors, on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, on the theme Made in Oxford.

September to March: In association with the Weston Library’s Talking Maps exhibition, the Bodleian Libraries and the Oxfordshire History Centre are running a travelling roadshow called Talking Maps in Libraries. This will be a series of monthly events starting in September, each at a different Oxfordshire library, showcasing maps which challenge our understanding of the world, and which can be used to explore the history of local communities. The venues and dates are:

  • Oxfordshire County Library (Oxford): Thursday 26 September, 10am-1pm
  • Bicester Library: Thursday 31 October, 10am-1pm
  • Henley Library: Thursday 14 November, 10am-1pm
  • Didcot Library: Thursday 12 December, 1pm-4pm
  • Witney Library: Thursday 23 January 2020, 1pm-4pm
  • Abingdon Library: Thursday 20 February 2020, 10am-1pm
  • Thame Library: Thursday 5 March 2020, 10am-1pm

Further information here.

6 October 2019 to 9 February 2020: ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’ Humour in Times of Conflict. Exhibition exploring the ways in which humour and fun were used to spur on both soldiers and the people back home – before, during and after wartime. Objects, music, posters, art and testimonials from Oxfordshire people combine to illustrate how some of those who lived through times of conflict still managed to put a smile on their faces, at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock.

19 October 2019 to 5 January 2020: 3945 Portraits ExhibitionPhotographer Glyn Dewis exhibits his photographic portraits of WW2 veterans. Explore his work, find out about their medals, and hear about their experiences through Glyn’s recorded interviews with them, at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock.

Saturday 2 November(2–6pm) and Sunday 3 November (12–4pm): The Unseen Village: an exhibition of photographs from Steeple Aston’s Archive, will be at Steeple Aston Village Hall. The exhibition is organised by the Steeple Aston Village Archive Trust.  Entry is free, but donations will be welcomed.

Ongoing until 8 March 2020: Talking Maps, a free exhibition at the Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford. The exhibition will celebrate maps and the stories they tell about the places they show, and the people that make and use them. It will include historic maps of Oxford, amongst them a 19th-century ‘drink map’, a 1934 City Council map showing distances either side of the infamous Cutteslowe Walls to bus stops and schools, and never-before-displayed maps of Thomas Sharp’s post-war plan to redesign the city. Further information here.

If you know of any relevant events which could be advertised on this page, please send details to: membership@olha.org.uk

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