Study days

OLHA study days take place in the spring and autumn. Each focuses on a particular aspect of Oxfordshire’s history, with two or three illustrated talks in the morning and a guided walk or tour in the afternoon. Study days are open to anyone and the cost is around £10-14 per person.

The next study day will be on Saturday 20 May 2017 in Stanford in the Vale.

From an important market town in the middle ages, Stanford developed into a village of local farms with mills, a blacksmith, a quarry and shops providing local employment. Pam Ayres was born here and gives an amusing account of the village from the 1950s onwards in her autobiography. We’ll hear about its early origins from archaeologist David Ashby, and about the Second Word War airfield from local historian Philip Morris.

STOP PRESS!! Extra illustrated talk added to the programme (at no extra cost): OLHA’s Chairman Tony Hadland will speak on Papists at the Manor: The Catholic Gentry of the Vale of White Horse.

Further details of the revised programme here.

The cost of the study day, which includes a buffet lunch and a booklet giving a guided tour of the village, is £14 per person.

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Mapledurham miller Corry Starling with OLHA/BLHA group, 18th May 2013Previous study days have included (click on title for further details):

Focus on Thame, October 2016

Bodleian Library resources for Oxfordshire historians, at the Weston Library in Oxford, May 2016

The people of the Oxfordshire canals, in Banbury, November 2015

Uffington in fiction and fact, in Uffington, May 2015

Oxfordshire in the First World War, in Woodstock, November 2014

Anglo-Saxon Oxfordshire, in Wantage, May 2014

The Romans in Oxfordshire, in Charlbury, November 2013

Water power in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, held in conjunction with the Berkshire Local History Association (BLHA), at Mapledurham Mill and House, May 2013 (above)

Looking after the poor: Crisis and reform, and did the workhouse work?, Abingdon, November 2012

William Morris (Lord Nuffield) and the development of the car industry in Oxfordshire, Long Hanborough, April 2012

The Civil War in Oxfordshire, Tadmarton & Broughton Castle, November 2011

Garden history from the Tudors to the Victorians, Middle Barton, April 2011

Celebrating 150 years of the Great Western Railway, Didcot, September 2010

If you have ideas for study days – themes, venues or speakers – we would like to hear from you. Please contact:

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