Talks & meetings

There are talks on a wide variety of local history subjects going on all over the county more or less every weekday. For further information on a specific talk, please contact the relevant organiser – details here.

For other events and exhibitions see this page.

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19 ALL TALKS ARE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. However, I have left them on this page because hopefully they will be rescheduled and then I will transfer their details to new dates.

June 2020

1stOxfordshire Family History Society – Phil Isherwood “Research Methodologies”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

8thRadley – Nic Vanderpeet “Spitfires over Oxfordshire and the D-Day Landings”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

10thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Chris Munns “Cold War Royal Navy Submarines Operations”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15thAdderbury – Stephen Barker “Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the English Civil Wars”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

15thBicester – Janice Kinory “The production, distribution and use of salt in prehistoric Britain”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

15thKennington – Simon Wenham “A crystal vision of Victorian Britain: The Great Exhibition of 1851”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18th – Deddington – Tim Healey “Drovers’ Roads in Oxfordshire and Beyond”. Primary School, Earls Lane, 7:30pm.

22ndOxfordshire Family History SocietyAGM followed by Alan Simpson “From One House to Another”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

24th – Cowley – Mark Davies “Alice, Lewis Carroll and the River Thames”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 7:00pm.

30thKidlington – AGM and Tony Hadland “A whistle stop tour of eight heritage railways in five countries”. Willow Tree Cafe, Moorside Place, 7:30pm.

July 2020

8thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Paul Barnett “Rout on the Riviera – Exercise Tiger, The Slapton Sands disaster”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

13thRadley – Tom Crook “The Great Stink! Engineers, Sewerage Systems and the Victorian Battle against Dirt”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

13thWeston-on-the-Green – AGM and Nick Mould “The Duchy of Cornwall”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

20thAdderbury – Richard Smith “Oxford Eccentricity”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

27thOxfordshire Family History Society – Tony Hadland  “Steam and Steel in the Valley of the White Horse”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

28thKidlington – Melanie Gibson-Barton “And so to Ted….a history of Teddies and other Bears”. Willow Tree Cafe, Moorside Place, 7:50pm.

29th – Cowley – Alastair Lack “The Oxford of Inspector Morse”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 7:00pm.

September 2020

9thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Paul Beaver “Taranto, the sinking of the Italian fleet in WW2”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

14thRadley – AGM followed by Martin Buckland “The Wilts and Berks Canal: Past, Present and Future”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

14thWeston-on-the-Green – Norma Aubertin-Potter “Kidlington Zoo”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Mark Davies “Oxford Castle in the 17th and 18th centuries – crimes, escapes and punishments”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

17thWychwoods – Tim Marshall “Quaker clocks and the Milton-under-Wychwood connection”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

21stAdderbury – Yvonne Partridge “Claydon House: Now you see it, now you don’t”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

21st – Goring Gap – Richard Fortey “History of a Chilterns beech wood”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

21stKennington – Rod Andrews “River and rowing in and around Oxford”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

22ndSutton Courtenay  – Timothy Walker “What Have Plants Done For Us?” Village Hall, 7:30pm.

23rdDorchester – Kate Tiller “Village Lives: contrasting communities and histories”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28thOxfordshire Family History Society – Richard Martin “Half the Wealth of England…”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

October 2020

12thWeston-on-the-Green – Eberhard Sauer “Roman Alchester”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

14thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Bill King, “The Role of the Air Transport Auxiliary & Women in the RAF in WW2”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15thLongworth – Liz Woolley “Victorian and Edwardian Industrial Buildings of Oxford” Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Stephen Barker “Saints & Sinners – Oxfordshire characters from the British Civil War”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

15thWychwoods – David Beaumont “The Battle of Edge Hill”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

19thAdderbury – Rob Jacobs “Beatrix Havergal of Waterperry: Her History and Legacy”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

19th – Goring Gap – Ian Keeble “History of cartoons from William Hogarth to Private Eye”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

19thKennington – Mike Heaney “The man who collected Oxfordshire: the antiquary Percy Manning”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

26thOxfordshire Family History Society – John Lenton “How do I find out about my Methodist ancestors (with particular reference to using the Wesley Historical Society Library at Oxford Brookes University)?”  Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

28th – Cowley – Alan Hawkins “The story of Christ Church”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 7:00pm.

28thDorchester – Geoffrey Tyack “The Architecture of Georgian Oxford”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

November 2020

11thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Liz Woolley “Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

12thLongworth – Julie Ann Godson “Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire: selected tales of toffs in trouble” Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thAdderbury – Keith Westcott “The Broughton Hoard and Roman Villa”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

16th – Goring Gap – Dr Martin Seaborne “The curious occurrence of mumming”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

16thKennington – Mike Hurst “Tracks to the Trenches”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

19th – Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Peter Hawley “Two local women poets of the First World War”.  Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

19thWychwoods – Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

23rdOxfordshire Family History Society – Tim Healey “A 17th-century Christmas”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

25th – Cowley –  Annie Skinner “Cowley Road”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 7:00pm.

25thDorchester– Denise Line “A Dorchester Christmas Past”. Abbey Guest House [n.b. change of venue], 7:30pm.

December 2020

9thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Simon Jones “Warfare Underground – The Tunnellers in WW1”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21st – Goring Gap – Alan Winchcomb “The Swinging ’60s”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

21stKennington – Ian Giles “Medieval folk music at Christmas”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

January 2021

11thWeston-on-the-Green – Liz Woolley “Beer, sausages and marmalade: Food, drink, politics and tourism in 19th-century Oxford”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

13thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Nicci Pugh “White Ship – Red Crosses. A hospital ship at war in the Falklands”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21st – Wychwoods – Simon Batten “The Prebendal”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

February 2021

10thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Stephen Bungay “Alamein”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18thWychwoods – Martin Buckland “The Wilts and Bucks Canal: Past, Present and Future”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

March 2021

10thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Clare Mulley “The Women Who Flew for Hitler”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18thWychwoods – Tom Shannon “The Journey from Afghanistan”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

April 2021

14thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Dilip Sarkar “I Knew the Few – The Battle of Britain Pilots”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15thWychwoods – David Innes “Capt Ralph Kite MC, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

26thOxfordshire Family History Society – John Frearson “Opening the Dore”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

May 2021

10thWeston-on-the-Green – Simon Wenham “Salters Steamers”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

12thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – John Peaty “Lawrence of Arabia”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

20thWychwoods – AGM and Julie Ann Godson “Oxfordshire in the Past”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

June 2021

9thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Philip Allan “The Battle of the Nile”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

July 2021

12thWeston-on-the-Green – AGM and Mark Davies “Daniel Harris, Oxford Gaoler”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

14thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Speaker from the Gurkha Museum Trust “ The History of the Gurkhas in the British and Indian Armies, 1815 to present day”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

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