Exhibitions & events

Tuesday 28 May to Sunday 16 June: the Didcot and District Archaeological and Historical Society is mounting a special exhibition to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Didcot to Oxford Great Western Railway line (see below for details of the main celebrations on 15 June). This free exhibition can be seen at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot during normal opening hours.

Friday 31 May, 10.30am-12.30pm:  guided tour of Bicester Heritage, the former RAF bomber station, organised as part of the Shelswell History Festival. £15 per person, limited to 20 places. Click here for further details and booking.

Saturday 8 June, 10am-4pm: Oxfordshire Past 2019 at the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Witney. This enjoyable annual event is for anyone interested in the history, buildings and archaeology of the county. There will be talks throughout the day, plus stalls and exhibitions. Further information and booking here.

Thursday 13 June : The Oxfordshire Record Society symposium on to mark one hundred years of its work to publish primary sources for the history of Oxfordshire and to raise awareness and understanding of this vital evidence. The symposium will be at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock and will feature presentations on Oxfordshire in the iron age and during the 17th-century civil wars and the two world wars. Places are free but booking is essential. Further information here.

Saturday 15 June: Celebrations of the 175th anniversary of the Didcot to Oxford branch line of the Great Western Railway. Special events at Didcot, Appleford, Culham, Radley and Oxford; you will be able to buy a GWR ticket to take you from one station to the next, and included in the price will be discounted entry to the Didcot Railway Centre. Full details here.

Saturday 22 June: Oxford in the Great War, a study day at Somerville College in Oxford. Six lectures by eminent Oxfordshire historians, including Malcolm Graham and Stephen Barker, will discuss people and places of significance in Oxford’s WWI story. The cost is £20 per person, which includes lunch and refreshments. Further information and registration here.

Friday 5 July 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.

Saturday 13 July, 10am-6pm: The 2019 Shelswell History Festival will be on the Playing Fields in the village of Hethe, near Bicester, featuring Viking, Medieval and WW2 re-enactors, veteran cycles and cars, and numerous other attractions including children’s activities. See the event website for further details.

Sunday 14 July, 2pm: a guided historical tour of Stratton Audley.  Meet at the Pound, just behind the church on the Launton Road. Free and no need to book. Followed by afternoon tea in the church, for which there will be a small charge.

Ongoing until 31 July: Oxford, The War and the World, 1914-1919. A free exhibition to commemorate Oxford during the First World War, at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock. Further information here.

Ongoing until 24 August: Healing Spaces, a new 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.

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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