Exhibitions & events

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February: The Earth Trust at Long Wittenham is currently undertaking archaeological excavations, and on there will be whole-day workshops in the Trust’s Finds Lab, during which participants can learn directly from the archaeologists how to clean, identify and interpret newly-discovered finds. Excavations will conclude in March with a community dig. Further information and booking here.

Ongoing until 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.

Sunday 9 February, 4.00-5.30pm: in St Barnabas church, Jericho, Oxford, Mark Davies will give a free talk on St Barnabas Church, the Jericho suburb and the canal. Further information here.

Sunday 23 February, 4.00-5.30pm: in St Barnabas church, Jericho, Oxford, Matthew Rice will give a free talk on Imagining Torcello at St Barnabas, Jericho, looking at why St Barnabas looks the way it does. Further information here.

Tuesday 25 February:  Pubs on the Oxford Canal, an early evening walking tour and talk with Mark Davies. £10 (includes a drink); booking essential.

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:

  • Abingdon Library: Thursday 20 February 2020, 10am-1pm
  • Thame Library: Thursday 5 March 2020, 10am-1pm

Further information here.

Saturday 21 March, 11:00am-12:00pm: in St Barnabas church, Jericho, Oxford, the vicar Fr Christopher will give a tour of The Treasures of St Barnabas: Understanding the Symbols of the Building. Further information here.

Saturday 21 March: The British Association for Local History (BALH) is annual regional conference in Taunton, on Unexpected Sources for Local History. The organisers suggest that even if you don’t live near Taunton, why not treat yourself to a spring visit to the beautiful West Country? Six speakers will bring to light national and local sources ranging from reports of railway accidents to taxation records and house insurance certificates. Further information and booking here.

Ongoing until Monday 22 March: a free exhibition Alice in Typhoidland, on show at two venues: the Weston Library on Broad Street in Oxford until 22 March, and the nearby History of Science Museum until 31 July. Further information here.

Monday 30 March, 2:00-4:00pm: Museum of Oxford staff invite you to come and share your memories of Oxford Town Hall whilst enjoying music, optional dancing, and a vintage tea. Free but booking essential.

Saturday 25 April: Oxford: An Ever Expanding City – The Growth of Suburbia, the Annual Oxford Day School, a partnership between the Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education and the Oxford Preservation Trust, will be held at Rewley House. It will explore the past, present, and future of Oxford’s suburbs.
Further information and booking here.

Sunday 26 April, 4:00-5:30pm: Mark Davies will lead a historical walking tour from St Thomas’s to St Barnabas, Jerico, Oxford. £5, booking essential.

Thursday 21 May: Oxfordshire historian Simon Wenham’s new book will (literally) be launched. Wharfs, wheelhouses and watermen: the history of Hobbs of Henley celebrates the 150th anniversary of one of the country’s oldest boating firms. There will be an early evening cruise on a Hobbs boat (with complimentary Mr Hobbs gin & tonic, or soft drink) followed by a talk from Simon at the River and Rowing Museum. Copies of the book will be available at a discounted rate. Further information and booking 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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