Exhibitions & events

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April,  9am-4pm: The Cherwell Community Archaeology Group is inviting everyone to come and try archaeology. They will be digging a test pit in the walled garden of the Highwayman pub in north Kidlington. Come and have a go with a trowel or a sieve, or try washing and sorting finds. Free and open to all; further information here.

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April: The Buckingham History Festival features talks from historians including David Starkey, Tom Holland, Jessie Childs, and Sir Roger Scruton. Tickets for all talks are £10. Further details at www.buckinghamhistoryfestival.org

29 April – 24 August: Healing Spaces, a new free exhibition at Oxford Town Hall, examining the history of children and young people’s health in Oxford. Further details here.

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, 9am-4pm:  The Cherwell Community Archaeology Group is inviting everyone to come and try archaeology. They will be digging a second test pit in the walled garden of the Highwayman pub in north Kidlington. Come and have a go with a trowel or a sieve, or try washing and sorting finds. There will be an exhibition of previous finds. Free and open to all; further information here.

Sunday 5 May, 1pm: The Battlefields Trust is organising a 2-hour walk to visit the site of the 1645 Battle of Islip Bridge. This was part of Oliver Cromwell’s raid around Oxford to disrupt Royalist preparations. The walk is led by Gregg Archer and starts from St Nicholas’s Church. Further information here.

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.

Sunday 9 June, 2-4pm: Members of the Steeple Aston Village Archive Trust will lead a guided walk around Steeple Aston. Participants will learn about the buildings, people and stories of this interesting Oxfordshire village. Places are free, but limited, so booking is required. Tea will be provided, for which donations will be welcome. E-mail or phone 01869 347046 for details and booking.

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.

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.

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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