Exhibitions & events

Thursday 31 October, 1-4pm: Christ Church is hosting a Civil War Family Day in collaboration with the Museum of Oxford. Find out about when Oxford was the capital of England and it was ringed with earthwork defences. Oxford Cathedral. More information and booking here.

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 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.

6 November 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.

Saturday 9 November, 2:30pm: A lecture entitled William Morris: A Life in 10 Objects at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock on Tickets £8, advance booking advisable, 01993 814106. The lecture accompanies the exhibition An Earthly Paradise: William Morris and the Thames which continues at the Oxfordshire Museum until Sunday 10 November.

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November: Family, Kin and Community: Reconstitution Techniques for Local Historians, a two-day course run by the Oxford University Department for Coninuing Education. Further information and booking here.

Saturday 30 November, 11am-4pm: Radley Manor and Village: a thousand year story will be launched at the Mansion, Radley College (near Abingdon, OX14 2HR) . The book, researched and written as a collaboration between Radley History Club and Radley College’s archivist Clare Sargent, examines the changing role of Radley Manor and its influence on the village, from around the time of the Norman Conquest to the present day. At the launch copies of the book will be available (£15 each) and visitors will be able to view displays and enjoy refreshments provided by the Radley Women’s Institute. Copies of the book can also be ordered from Radley History Club.

Ongoing until 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.

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.

Ongoing until March 2020: 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 remaining venues and dates are:

  • 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.

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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