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 held at Islip Village Hall on Saturday 21 April 2018  on the subject of Enclosure: Reform and Rebellion. From the mid eighteenth century onwards, parliamentary enclosure of land – and mechanisation – were key to increasing agricultural output, fuelled by the need to feed a growing population. Enclosure was also viewed by the labouring classes as a land grab whose aim was to enrich those who were already prosperous; in many parts of Oxfordshire, as across the country, there were protests which the authorities termed ‘riots’. At this year’s spring study day we will look at the issue from both perspectives and learn about the events and outcomes of the Otmoor riots of the early 1830s. Deborah Hayter and Nigel Lambert will be our speakers in the morning and in the afternoon there will be a guided walk led by members of the Otmoor Archaeological & Historical Society.

Download the full programme here.

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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):

Witney, Wool and Wesley, in Witney, November 2017

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

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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