Exhibitions & events

3 to 27 April: Pleasance Walker, a new exhibition at the Oxfordshire History Centre (OHC), Cowley Pleasance was in her early thirties when she left her comfortable North Oxford home to volunteer as a nurse at the front in France, serving with the French Red Cross from 1915 to 1919. Her letters home tell us a great deal about the daily struggle to nurse wounded and dying soldiers and civilians, and reveal a woman of remarkable resilience, vitality and compassion. The exhibition will be available to view during OHC’s normal opening hours.

Sunday 8 April, 10am to 4pm: The Thames at War, an event to commemorate the Upper Thames Patrol (the River Home Guard) who guarded and protected the Upper Thames from Lechlade to Teddington during the Second World War, will be held at Abingdon Lock. Further information here.

Saturday 21 April, 2pm: opening of a new exhibition Tackley Through Time which will explore the history of the village from the Late Upper Paleolithic to the present. Thereafter the exhibition will be open every day, when the church is open, from about 10am to 5pm. Further information from the Tackley Local History Group.

21 & 22 April: The Society for Landscape StudiesField Weekend. On the Saturday there will be a circular walk taking in the villages of Ascott-under-Wychwood and Leafield and the Crown Estate farmsteads created after Wychwood was disafforested in 1857. Sunday will be spent exploring Chalgrove and English Farm, Nuffield. Further information and booking here.

Saturday 28 April: North Oxford from Betjeman to Zaha Hadid: Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation. The annual OUDCE local history day school, run in partnership with the Oxford Preservation Trust, will explore the remarkably well preserved suburb of North Oxford, one of the first Conservation Areas in the country. Rewley House, Wellington Square, Oxford. Further information and booking here.

1 to 25 May:  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. Oxfordshire History Centre, Cowley, available to view during normal opening hours.

Saturday 19 May: Oxfordshire Past 2018 will be at the Church of St Peter & St Paul in Deddington. The event includes stalls, exhibitions and a series of short talks on recent historical and archaeological research projects across the county. Further details to follow.

Saturday 30 June:  Abingdon History Day on 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 will be posted on the Abingdon Area Archaeological & Historical Society website in due course; in the meantime enquiries can be made 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.

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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