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, tour or exhibition in the afternoon. Study days are open to anyone and the cost is around £10-14 per person.

Whilst we can’t hold our usual study days at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions, OLHA’s autumn study meeting and AGM will take place on Saturday 14 November, 11am to 12:30pm, via zoom.

The short AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk on Oxfordshire during the Second World War by historian Stephen Barker. Stephen will explore the impact of the War on Oxfordshire, activities on the home front, and significant events in which Oxfordshire people were involved abroad. Topics will include evacuation, prisoners of war, airfields, refugees, everyday life, rationing, war work, the evacuation of Dunkirk, Arnhem, and the liberation of Bergen Belsen.

There is no charge for attending the AGM and talk, but please register by e-mailing the membership secretary Liz Woolley before 5pm on Thursday 12 November. You will then be sent instructions as to how to join the meeting via zoom.

Non-members are welcome (though they will not be able to vote at the AGM).

Previous study days have included (click on title for further details):

Mapledurham miller Corry Starling with OLHA/BLHA group, 18th May 2013Using manorial documents for local and family history research, at New College, Oxford, November 2019

Wychwood, the forest then and now, in Shipton under Wychwood, May 2019

Wallingford and its Castle, in Wallingford, November 2018

Enclosure: Reform and Rebellion, in Islip, April 2018

Witney, Wool and Wesley, in Witney, November 2017

A Village in the Vale, in Stanford in the Vale, May 2017

Focus on Thame, in 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 (photo above)

Looking After the Poor: Crisis and Reform, and Did the Workhouse Work?, in Abingdon, November 2012

William Morris (Lord Nuffield) and the Development of the Car Industry in Oxfordshire, in Long Hanborough, April 2012

The Civil War in Oxfordshire, in Tadmarton and at Broughton Castle, November 2011

Garden History from the Tudors to the Victorians, in Middle Barton, April 2011

Celebrating 150 years of the Great Western Railway, in 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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