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.

April 2019

12thCharlbury – Derek Turner “History and Conservation of Oxfordshire Milestones”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

12thFinstock – Shaun Morley and others “Exploring the History of Your House, Part II”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

12thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Peter Edwards “The history of the Morrell Estate in Oxford”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

15thAdderbury – AGM plus Nick Allen “Richard Andrew, a fifteenth century Adderbury and New College man”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

15th – Bicester – Martin Greenwood “The Roaring 20s”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

15thGoring Gap – Alan Turton “Arson in His Majesty’s dockyards”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

15thKennington – Ian Giles “Rogues & Rakes & Live folk music”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

16th Iffley – Malcolm Graham “A Domestic Idyll? Life in Victorian North Oxford”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

16thWitney – Mark Davies “Daniel Harris: Oxford Castle gaoler extraordinaire”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

17thBloxham – “An Evening with…” [a series of short talks by a number of our members, sharing historical memories and interests]. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

17thLittlemore – Heather Horner “Straight joints/curved braces! An introduction to dateable features on old houses”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

17th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – AGM and Bruce Hedge “Recent and past work on the Ironbridge, Shropshire, and developments at nearby Coalbrookdale”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17th – Wolvercote – Helen Brown “A museum piece: some memories of the Ashmolean Museum”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18thAbingdon – George Speake “Helmets and Headache: Reconstructing the Staffordshire Hoard Helmet”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

18thDeddington – John Bridgeman “The Oxfordshire Yeomanry”. Deddington Primary School, Earls Lane, 7:30pm.

18th – Longworth – David Taylor “The Army in Didcot”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18thSibfords – Stephen Barker “The Battle of Edgehill”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

18th Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Tom Fort “The survival of the English Village”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

18thWychwoods – Mark Davies “Daniel Harris – Oxford Castle gaoler extraordinaire”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

23rdHanney – Anni Byard “Oxfordshire Finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme”. War Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

24thCowley – Katie Hambrook “Medieval Landscapes of East Oxford through Place Names”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road, 7:00pm.

24thDorchester – Tony Hadland “Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area”. Village Hall, 7.30pm.

25th – South Stoke – Corry Starling “Mapledurham Mill”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

29thLaunton – Liz Woolley “66 Men of Grandpont, 1914-18”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

29thOxfordshire Family History Society – Michael Gandy “Name Lists of the 17th and 18th centuries”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

30thKidlington – Nick Humphris “Roman Britain: a brief history from Julius Caesar including life under Roman rule”. Willow Tree Café, Moorside Place, The Moors, 7:50pm.

30thMuseum of Oxford – Liz Woolley “Oxford’s base and brickish skirt: the development of the suburbs, 1850–1914”. The Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, 6:00pm.

May 2019

7thHenley – Dave Carless “Blewbury and its area”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

7thHook Norton – AGM followed by Kate Tiller and friends “A Hooky Potpourri”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

7thNorth Leigh – Michael Hodges “The Detectorist”. Turner Hall, Church Road, 7:30pm.

8thWallingford – Rick Schulting “Bluestones and white bones: the origins of the people buried at Stonehenge”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

8thSoldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Caroline Roaf “Trenches and Destruction: Pleasance Walker’s Letters from the Front 1915 – 1919”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, 6:45pm, £10. Booking here.

9thDidcot – Speaker from the Vale & Downland Museum “The Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

10thCharlbury – Celia Haddon “The First-Ever English Olimpicks”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

11thShelswell – Janie Penn Barwell “One family’s war”, plus a display of WW2 artefacts. Tickets £10 to include supper. Hethe Village Hall, 7:00pm. See website for further details.

13thChalgrove – Alan Copeland “The Chilterns”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

13thChipping Norton – Mark Davies “Stories of Oxford Castle”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

13thRadley – Jane Harrison “Around Appleton: missing villages, moated manors and the power of wood”. Primary School, Church Road, 7:30pm.

13th Weston on the Green – Pam Manix “Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

14thMarcham – Andy Robertson “ The History of the Hanneys”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

14thThame – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire’s military heritage, 43AD to the present day”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

15thBloxham – Tony Hadland “Pop pirates of the 1960s”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

15thLittlemore – Tom Crook “The Great Stink! Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian battle against dirt”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

16thAbingdon – Lesley Best “The House of Wessex Project”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

16thDeddington – David Hood – “The Malayan Campaign”. Deddington Primary School, Earls Lane, 7:30pm.

16thSibfords – Gillian White “Queen Victoria- a Life in Portraits”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

16thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Richard Fortey “The History and Natural History of a Chiltern Beech Wood”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

16thWychwoods – AGM and Mark Page “VCH research on Milton-under-Wychwood”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

17thFinstock – Jeanette Cayley “The Health Service before the NHS”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

20th Adderbury – Ben Ford “Initial Results from the Westgate archaeological dig in Oxford”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

20thGoring Gap – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire and the Norman Conquest”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

20thKennington – Tim Healey “Pagan & Puritans – the story of May morning”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

20thLaunton – Martin Sirot-Smith “How the wool industry changed England”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

20thOxfordshire Family History Society – Mark Lawrence “Picture Oxon”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

21stEnstone – ffiona Periginor “Freud and Jung, minds that changed the world”. 7:30pm; contact Carol Geare, carolawt@gmail.com, 01608 677246, for venue.

21st Iffley – Liz Woolley “The Victorian and Edwardian development of East Oxford”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

21stWitney – Katherine Bradley “Nineteenth-century women travelers and explorers”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

22ndDorchester – Alex Davies “The Archaeological Dig at Great Western Park Didcot”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

22nd – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Liz Woolley “Kingerlee: the family and the building firm”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

27thMiddleton Cheney –  Chris Bazeley “Local Boys Save the Day: A Story of D Day”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

28thHanney – Becky Hogben “The Vale of White Horse: Vital Civil War Corridor?”. War Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

28thKidlington – Tim Healey “Pagans and Puritans”. Willow Tree Café, Moorside Place, The Moors, 7:50pm.

29thCowley – Robert Harris “The Birth of the Motor Industry in Oxford”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road, 7:00pm.

29thShelswell – Barry Smith “Stowe: Past, Present and Future”. Tickets £5 to include a glass of wine. School Room, Newton Purcell, 7:30pm. See website for further details.

June 2019

3rdChalgrove – Judith Dewey “Wallingford, an 18th-century market town”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

4thHenley – Robert Heath-Whyte “Chalgrove Church and its paintings”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

10thRadley – Bill King “Industrial archaeology in your garage, shed and attic”. Primary School, Church Road, 7:30pm.

12th – Wallingford – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in the British Civil Wars 1642-51”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

12thSoldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Phillip Geddes “An Evening with Rudyard Kipling”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, 6:45pm, £10. Booking here.

17thAdderbury – Julie Ann Godson “The Water Gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a viscountess”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

17th – Bicester – Janice Kinory “Oxford Past & Present”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

17thKennington – John Beaumont “Wireless War Secrets”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

19thVale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Bryan Lawton “R101 Disaster and the Broken Elevator Cable”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stFinstock – Adrienne Rosen “The Making of Chipping Norton: History and Buildings to 1750”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

24thLaunton – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

24thMiddleton Cheney – Bill King “On Two Wheels – the History of the Bicycle”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

24th Oxfordshire Family History Society – AGM followed by Sue Honoré “The Oxfordshire Surname Project”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

25thKidlington – AGM plus Simon Wenham “The Pursuit of Pleasure: Victorian & Edwardian leisure”. Willow Tree Café, Moorside Place, The Moors, 7:30pm.

July 2019

8thRadley – Ciaran Walsh “The Otmoor riots in a wider context”. Primary School, Church Road, 7:30pm.

8thWeston on the Green – AGM followed by Jamie Norris “Thatching”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

9thThame – Victoria Bentata Azaz “Oxford in the history of medicine”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

10thWallingford – Tim Porter “John Leland – A Tudor traveller and what he saw”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

15thAdderbury – Deborah Hayter “Harvest Rituals”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

15th – Bicester – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire and the Norman Conquest”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

17thVale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Paul Joyce “London Underground by Design”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

22ndMiddleton Cheney – Julie Godson “Scandal in High Society”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

22ndOxfordshire Family History Society – Rebecca Probert  “Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved – Interpreting Your Ancestors’ Second (and Subsequent!) Marriages”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

29thLaunton – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in World War II”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

30thKidlington – Martin Greenwood “The Roaring Twenties”. Willow Tree Café, Moorside Place, The Moors, 7:50pm.

September 2019

9thRadley – Mark Davies “Stories of Oxford Castle: 17th and 18th century crimes, escapes and punishments”. Primary School, Church Road, 7:30pm.

10thThame – Paul Barnet “Route on the Riviera – The Slapton Sands Disaster”. Church Barns, Church Road, 7:30pm.

11thWallingford – Paul Booth “Latest thinking on Roman Dorchester-on-Thames: from origins to demise”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

11thSoldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Brigadier General De Vere Hayes “The Red Fox of Colditz”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, 6:45pm, £10. Booking here.

12thWeston on the Green – Tony Crabtree “Bellringing”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thAdderbury – Maggie Black “From local committee to international organisation: Oxfam’s extraordinary journey”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

16th – Bicester – AGM and Bob Hessian “Local Archaeology”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

16thGoring Gap – Graham Twemlow “The golden age of posters in Britain”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

16thKennington – Clare Sargent “Radley College archives”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18thLittlemore – Mike Stimpson “George Brown: Littlemore’s sporting hero!” Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

19thSibfords – Martin Sirot-Smith “Sulgrave Manor and the Washington Family”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

19thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Ed Peveler “Beacons of the Past – The Chiltern LIDAR project”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

19thWychwoods – Tom Shannon “Mutiny: a Family Story of Death, Rebellion and Survival”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

20thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Helen Langley “Cliveden and Ditchley: A case of relative values?”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

23rdMiddleton Cheney – Mike Gibbons “RAF Chipping Warden and the story of the Huts”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

24thEnstone – George Huxley “Sappho and Aeolian Aristocracy”. 7:30pm; contact Carol Geare, carolawt@gmail.com, 01608 677246, for venue.

24thWheatley – Liz Woolley “Beer, Sausages & Marmalade: food, drink, politics and tourism in C19 Oxford”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

25thDorchester – Mark Davies “Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge boat races”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

30thLaunton – Michael Heaney “An Oxford antiquarian’s part in Oxfordshire history”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

October 2019

1stHenley – Nicola Tallis “Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

8thThame – Julia Bailey “Nursing in the 1950s”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

9th – Wallingford – Gerry Thacker “Recent excavations at Slade End, Wallingford”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

16thLittlemore – Buffy McClelland “Farming: The rural history of Littlemore”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

16thWolvercote – AGM followed by Barbara Dennis “Alice’s (further) Adventures in Wonderland?”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17th – Longworth – Tim Healey “The Green Man”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17thSibfords – Colin Hill “The Barn Well Hill Railway”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

17thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Simon Draper “The Victoria County History’s research on Whitchurch Parish”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

17thWychwoods – Carol Anderson “Ascott Martyrs”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

18thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Ottoline Leyser “Thinking like a vegetable: How plants think what to do”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

21stAdderbury – Bill King “Yesterday’s Runways”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

21st – Bicester – Liz Woolley “Oxford’s base & brickish skirt: the development of the suburbs 1850-1914”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

21stKennington – Julie Ann Godson “Our Boys 1914-1918: who were the fallen of one Oxfordshire valley?” Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

22ndEnstone – Stephen Goss “Oxfordshire historic churches”. 7:30pm; contact Carol Geare, carolawt@gmail.com, 01608 677246, for venue.

23rd Dorchester – Malcolm Airs “William and Jessie Macfarlane and their Mission for Dorchester”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28thLaunton – Peter Barrington “Edward Lear – limericks and art”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

28thMiddleton Cheney – Tim Healey “Apples! The Myth & Mystery of England’s Favourite Fruit”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

28thOxfordshire Family History Society – Kathy Chater “Coroners’ Inquests”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

November 2019

5thHenley –  Lindsey Bedford “Boxford Villa and its Mosaic”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

11thWeston on the Green – Tim Healey “A 17th Century Christmas”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

12thThame – Martin Attridge “Guy Fawkes”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

13thWallingford – Richard Oram “Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Wallingford and its Environs”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

13thSoldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Dick Richards “The Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, 6:45pm, £10. Booking here.

15thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Roderick Floud “Purchasing Paradise: The money that financed the great gardens”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

18thAdderbury – Richard Westcott “Confessions of a Pantomime Dame”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

18th – Bicester – Matthew Hathaway “World War One in Bicester”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.18thKennington – Graham Horn “Anniversaries 2018”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

21st – Longworth – Bill King “Poppy: symbol of remembrance”. St John the Baptist Church, Kingston Bagpuize, 7:30pm.

21stSibfords – “The Broughton Hoard”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

21stWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Mike Hurst “Old time Christmas”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

21stWychwoods – Michael Davies “The United Nations”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

25thMiddleton Cheney – Keith Westcott “The Discovery of a Roman Villa at Broughton”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

26thWheatley – Michael Heaton “Farms, farmhouses and farmers in Wheatley”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

27th Dorchester – Tim Healy “A 17th-Century Christmas”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

29th – South Stoke – John Leighfield “The History of the Development of Printed Maps of Oxfordshire”. South Stoke Village Hall, 8:00pm.

December 2019

6thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Christmas party followed by Fiona Stafford “The long, long life of trees – and the brief lives of flowers”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

16thKennington – Tim Healey “A 17th century Christmas”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

16thMiddleton Cheney – Kevin Varty “Away with the Fairies: A true and fascinating story”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

January 2020

7thWheatley – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in the Civil Wars 1642-1650”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

13th Weston on the Green – Nigel Lambert “The Otmoor Riots”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Peter Hawley “Women poets of the First World War”. Venue tbc, 8:00pm.

16thWychwoods – David Innes “Oxfordshire’s Military History”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

20thKennington – Anni Byard “The Portable Antiquities Scheme”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

27thMiddleton Cheney – Rosy Burke “The Ally: The closure of the aluminium factory in Banbury”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

February 2020

4thWheatley – Deborah Hayter “The Lost Villages of Oxfordshire”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

20thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – AGM followed by Mark Davies “James Sadler, the Oxford balloonist”. Venue tbc, 8:00pm.

20thWychwoods – Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

24thMiddleton Cheney – AGM followed by Brian Little “The Changing Face of Banbury”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

March 2020

19thWychwoods – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire during the Second World War”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

April 2020

16thWychwoods – Cedric Reavley “Pharmacist and Family History in Burford”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

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