Exhibitions & events

Saturday 7 July to 23 September:  Exploring Abingdon’s Past: 50 Years of AAAHS, an exhibition at the Abingdon County Hall Museum. For fifty years the Abingdon Archaeological and Historical Society (AAAHS) has been at the forefront of research into the town’s past. Its members have excavated sites, examined historic buildings, and scoured archives. This exhibition, which is is partly funded by OLHA’s small grants scheme, will show what the society has accomplished as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Further information here.

3 to 25 August:  Olive Gibbs: Local Labour politician and national peace campaigner, Oxford born and bred. An exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Oxford at the Westgate Library. The exhibition will then be at the Church of St Thomas the Martyr  on 8 & 9 September (for Oxford Open Doors),  Oxford Brookes University (Gibbs Building) from 10 to 23 SeptemberSt Barnabas Church from 1 October to 3 NovemberCutteslowe Community Centre from 5 to 30 November and the City of Oxford College from 4 to 21 December.

Sunday 2 September: The Wychwood Forest Fair at Lodge Farm, Ditchley Park, between Charlbury and Woodstock. The fair’s origins go back to 1796 when three Wesleyan Methodists – Mr Payne of Fawler Mill, Mr Bolton of Finstock and Mr Early of Witney – established an annual picnic as an alternative to the rowdiness of the Witney Feast. Today the fair celebrates the working and leisure activities of local people living within the bounds of the old Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood, as well as the diversity and richness of local wildlife. Further details here.

6-9 and 13-16 SeptemberHeritage Open Days with dozens of free events going on all over Oxfordshire. See a list here. In Oxford, Oxford Open Doors will take place on 8 and 9 September with the theme of Extraordinary People. Further details here.

Tuesday 11 September, 7:30pm: Indian Soldiers in the Great War, a lecture by Inderpal Dhanjal. Part of the Dunsden Owen Association‘s First World War lecture series. (The war poet Wilfred Owen lived in Dunsden in south Oxfordshire from 1911 to 1913.) More details of this and other lectures in the series here and here.

Ongoing until October: The Twenty Years of Treasure exhibition at the Oxfordshire Museum has proved so popular that it has been extended until October and the displays have been updated. New objects include a gold Roman ring with a cabochon intaglio depicting Fortuna, the goddess of fortune and the personification of luck. New loans from finders include a complete Roman spoon, a rare Iron Age winged scabbard chape and a Bronze Age dirk complete with rivets.

Saturday 6 October, 10am – 4pm: The Oxfordshire Family History Society’s 2018 Family History Fair will be at the Marlborough School, Woodstock. This free event will give vistors access to Oxfordshire Family History Society search services, advisors and topic-specific experts, as well as representatives from the Oxfordshire History Centre and other local groups. Further information here.

Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November: Chalgrove Men of World War I Remembered, an exhibition to commemorate the 72 men from the village who served in the First World War (11 of whom died), at the John Hampden Hall, Chalgrove. Further information here.

Ongoing until 2 December: Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18, Part II. A WW1 centenary exhibition focusing on stories from the closing years of the Great War. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock. See the website for full details and opening times.

If you are aware of other current exhibitions or events which could be included on this page please contact membership@olha.org.uk

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