Exhibitions & events

25 May to 22 June:  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 Cowley Library, available to view during normal opening hours. The exhibition will then be in the Templars Square shopping centre from 23 June to 1 July and in the West Oxford Community Centre from 2 to 27 July. Further dates and venues will be added to the schedule later in the year.

Saturday 9 June: unveiling of a Blue Plaque to commemorate William Henry Dines (1855-1927), an eminent meteorologist, in Brook Street in Benson. There will be an accompanying exhibition in the Parish Hall between 2:00pm and 4:30pm. The WI will be serving teas. Free and open to all. Further information from Sue Cooper, 01491 835631.

Saturday 9 June, starting at 6:30pm: a reception in aid of the restoration of the church of St Faith, Shellingford, will be held in the church. The evening will include refreshments and a book signing and talk by local historian and author Julie Ann Godson on The Water Gypsy: How a Thames Fishergirl became a Viscountess. Further information here.

Tuesday 21 June, starting at 7:45pm: an open evening organised by the Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society (AAAHS) (which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018) to highlight five decades of history and archaeology in and around the town. There will be talks by members, displays and refreshments in the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS. Past members and visitors are very welcome.

Saturday 23 June, 12 noon – 7pm: an exhibition to celebrate the work of Oxford architect and historian Thomas Rayson (1888-1976) will on display at Mansfield College, Oxford. Rayson was best know for his conservation and restoration work but he also designed new buildings and structures, including the First World War memorial on St Giles in Oxford and those at Cogges, Witney, Kennington, Stanton St John, and Woodstock.

23 June to 7 July: Oxford Festival of the Arts which includes several events likely to be of interest to local historians:

Sunday 24 June, 4:00pm, a talk by Mark Davies: King of all balloons: James Sadler, Oxford pastry cook and first English aeronaut.

Monday 25 June, 2:00pm, a guided tour: The hidden treasures of Christ Church.

Thursday 28 June, 2:00pm, a guided walk with Alastair Lack: The great benefactors of Oxford.

Friday 29 June, 2:30pm, a guided walk with Mark Davies: Alice in Waterland: Lewis Carroll’s Oxford, a gentle walk around Christ Church Meadow.

Monday 2 July, 6:30pm, a literary cruise with commentary from Mark Davies: The River Thames to Godstow, authors ranging from Chaucer to Pullman.

Tuesday 3 July, 2:00pm, a guided walk with Alastair Lack: A History of Oxford town & gown.

Wednesday 4 July, 6:00pm, a guided walk with Mark Davies: A literary pub stroll through lesser-visited parts of Oxford, including Jericho.

Saturday 30 June:  Abingdon History Day at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon. A day of lectures and discussion focussing on recent developments in our knowledge of the past of Abingdon and its region, and on the prospects and direction of future work both in local history and archaeology. Further information 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.

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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