Exhibitions & events

Saturday 1 – Friday 21 December: Oxford: The War and the World, 1914-1919. A free exhibition to commemorate Oxford during the First World War, at the Rumble Museum, Cheney School, Headington (9:30am to 3:00pm). It will be touring to three further venues between December 2018 and July 2019: Cowley Library, Oxford (22 December to 30 January 2019);  Westgate Library, Oxford (1 to 28 February); and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock (19 March to 31 July). Further information here.

Tuesday 4 to Friday 21 December:  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 finishes its tour of the city at the City of Oxford College.

Tuesday 4 December, 4:30-7:00pm: A talk by Helen Pankhurst followed by a screening of Sarah Gavron’s 2015 film Suffragette at the Rumble Museum at Cheney School in Oxford. Further information here. Part of a series of free public events to commemorate the centenary of some women getting the vote for the first time in this country.

Thursday 6 December, 3:15-5:30pm: The government’s Department for Education is running a series of debates in secondary schools as part of the First World War centenary commemorations. The next will be on  at Oxford Spires Academy on How the First World War led to advancements in weaponry and technology. The organisers are looking for local historians to be members of a panel for a question and answer session with GCSE and A’level students. Please contact Ellie Thomson if you woudl like to attend.

Monday 10 and Thursday 13 December: Hill End Outdoor Education Centre, just west of Oxford, is offering tours of the World War One practice trenches dug by local soldiers in Wytham Woods. The tours are free, but booking is essential – further information here.

Friday 14 December, 10:30am – 3:00pm: An all-day celebration of women’s suffrage, with talks, stalls, storytelling and more at the Rumble Museum at Cheney School in Oxford. Some booking required. Part of a series of free public events to commemorate the centenary of some women getting the vote for the first time in this country.

Ongoing until 18 January 2019: “A Perfect Specimen”: the Coleshill Estate and the radical Lord Radnor, a free exhibition at the Berkshire Record Office (BRO) in Reading. The exhibition looks at how this dynamic landlord set about improving his great estate near Faringdon – then in Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire – in the mid-nineteenth century.

28 February 2019: The Oxfordshire History Centre (OHC) is running a free Oxfordshire Manorial Documents Register Study Afternoon at which you can learn about the county’s wealth of manorial records, and how best to study them. Further information and booking here.

Ongoing until 23 March 2019: Windrush Years – Next Generations an exhibition in Oxford Town Hall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush. It includes recordings of members of the Windrush generation who live in Oxford talking about their experiences of coming to live in England and the contributions that they have made to Oxford, including in nursing and teaching. Free, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

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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