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.

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April 2017

18th – Iffley – Philip Neale “TE Lawrence – An Unusual Genius”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

18th – Witney – Stanley Jenkins “The Military History of Oxfordshire”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

19th – Bloxham – Jim Smithson “The Battle of Arras, 1917”. Jubilee Park Hall, Brickle Lane, 7:30pm.

19th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – AGM Followed by Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

19th – Littlemore – Mark Davies “Alice in Wonderland: Oxford, “Alice” and the Pre-Raphaelites”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

20th – Abingdon – The Lambrick Lecture: David Clark “The Long Gallery at Abingdon Abbey: Putting this in the Context of Communal Living in the Middle Ages”. The Unicorn Theatre, Checker Walk, 7:30pm.

20th – Longworth – Eric Sidebottom “The History of Penicillin”. Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

20th – Sibfords – Mark Davies “King of all Balloons – James Sadler, Oxford pastry cook and first English aeronaut”. Sibford Village Hall, 8:00pm.

20th – Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Katherine Bradley “Votes for Women in Oxfordshire”. Whitchurch Village Hall, 8:00pm.

20th – Wychwoods – Nicola Coldstream “Church Architecture – Building a Medieval Church”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21st – Finstock – Vaughan Abigail “Grim’s Ditch”. Village hall, 8:00pm.

24th – Goring Gap – Brian Stovold “The Wilts & Berks Canal – relic and asset”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

24th – Kennington – Brian Andrews “The shocking history of electricity in medicine and surgery”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

24th – Oxfordshire Family History Society – Jessica Feinstein “Tracing Jewish Ancestry”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

25th – Enstone – evening visit to the Renault F1 headquarters near Enstone. Time tbc.

25th – Hanney – Ben Ford “The Westgate Excavations”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

25th – Kidlington – Kevin Heritage “The history of Holton Park”. Willow Tree Restaurant, Moorside Place, 7:50pm.

25th – Launton – Liz Woolley “Victorian common lodging houses”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

25th –Rothermere American Institute, Oxford – Christopher Capozzola “The Nye Commission and America’s Entry into World War One”. Part of a series of lectures on the United States and World War One. Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, Oxford, 4:00pm.

26th – Dorchester – Robert Kidner “Art Nouveau and Art Deco: How do They Differ?” Dorchester Village Hall, 7:30pm.

27th – Aston – An in-house talk on “Back Lane and West End”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

May 2017

2nd – Henley – Paul Henderson “Natural history leaps forward during the Enlightenment”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

2nd – Hook Norton – AGM followed by Stephen Barker “The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on the Somme”. Baptist Church Hall, 7:30pm.

8th – Radley – Mark Davies – “Daniel Harris: Oxford Castle gaoler extraordinaire”. Primary School, 7:30pm.

9th – Banbury – James Hamilton “Turner’s Romance with Oxfordshire”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

9th – Marcham – Ben Ford “Archaeological discoveries at the Westgate”. Marcham Church, 7:45pm.

9th – Rothermere American Institute, Oxford – Margaret MacMillan “America and the Treaty of Versailles”. Part of a series of lectures on the United States and World War One. Rothermere American Institute, 1a South Parks Road, Oxford, 4:00pm.

9th – Thame – Julie Godson “The Water Gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a Viscountess”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

10th – Deddington – David Hood “The Malayan Campaign”. Windwill Centre, 7:30pm.

11th – Didcot – Katherine Bradley “Early Women Professional Gardeners”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

15th – Adderbury – Barry Smith “The restoration of Stowe Gardens”. Methodist Chapel schoolroom, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

15th – Bicester – Liz Woolley “Local history: how to do it! ”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

15th – Chalgrove – Ben Ford “Excavations at the Westgate, Oxford”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

15th – Goring Gap – Mark Davies “James Sadler – the Oxford balloonist”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

15th – Kennington – Trevor Rowley “Oxfordshire between the wars ”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

16th – Iffley – Katie Hambrook “Travelling Through Time – the Place-names and Field-names of East Oxford”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

16th– Witney – Tim Partridge “The History of Curbridge and its Church”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

17th – Bloxham – Trevor Rowley “The battling bishop: Odo of Bayeux (and Deddington)”. Jubilee Park Hall, Brickle Lane, 7:30pm.

17th – Clanfield & Bampton  – Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale: rural life before the railways”. Bampton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17th – Littlemore – Martin Buckland “The Invisible Brick in language, literature, film, fiction, music, murder and much more”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

17th – Sutton Courtenay – AGM and Tim Healey “Pagans and Puritans: The Story of May Morning in Oxfordshire”. All Saints’ Church, 7:30pm.

17th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Mike Hurst “Saunders of the River: Sam E Saunders, boat builder of Goring and Streatley and founder of the Aviation Company Saunders Roe”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18th – Abingdon – Phil Neale “Lawrence of Arabia as a young archaeologist, and what recent archaeology has shown us about his war exploits”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45 pm.

18th – Longworth – Martin Buckland “The Invisible Brick revealed in language and literature, film and fiction, music and murder”. Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18th – Sibfords – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in 50 objects”. Sibford Village Hall, 8:00pm.

18th – Wychwoods – Simon Wenham “Power and Personalities: Politics in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

19th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Visit to Sarsden Glebe, near Chipping Norton, 2:00pm.

22nd – Oxfordshire Family History Society – Dave Annal “Lost in London: Solving your London Family History Problems”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

22nd – Launton – Martin Sirot-Smith “George Washington and Sulgrave Manor”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

23rd – Enstone – Oliver Cox “The Thames Valley Country House Project and its potential for developing and preserving local places of historical interest”. Venue tbc, 7:30pm.

24th – Dorchester – Edward Peveler “Discovering Dorchester: an Update on Recent Progress During the Excavation”. Dorchester Village Hall, 7:30pm.

25th – Museum of Oxford – Peter Smith “Frank Goodden: Oxfordshire’s First Aviator?” Museum of Oxford, Town Hall, 6:00pm.

30th – Kidlington – John Paine “The Magic of Egypt – Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, the Gold of Tutankhamen, ancient Nile temples and more”. Willow Tree Restaurant, Moorside Place, 7:50pm.

June 2017

6th – Henley – Simon Wenham “The History of Salters Steamers”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

11th – Bartons – Julie Ann Godson “The Water Gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a viscountess”. Followed by a cream tea and brief AGM. Middle Barton Sports and Social Club, Worton Road, 2:30pm.

12th – Radley – Liz Woolley – “The Victorian and Edwardian development of east Oxford”. Primary School, 7:30pm.

15th – Abingdon – Open evening: Members’ research on Abingdon history. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45 pm.

15th – Wychwoods – Mark Page “VCH research on Bruern”. Shipton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16th – Finstock – Society members “Forgotten Highways”. Village hall, 8:00pm.

17th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – AGM and tour of Rousham, near Steeple Aston, 10:00am.

19th – Adderbury – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in fifty objects”. Methodist Chapel schoolroom, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

19th – Bicester – Carol Anderson “Glove-making in Oxfordshire”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

19th – Kennington – Katherine Bradley “No corsets! The aesthetic and rational dress movements come to Oxford”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

21st – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Liz Woolley “‘The night-time haven of the wandering tribes’: The common lodging-house in Victorian England”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

22nd – Launton – Hugh Granger “The Bermuda Triangle and the Marie Celeste”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

26th – Oxfordshire Family History Society – AGM followed by Sue Honoré “The Oxfordshire DNA and Surname Projects”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

July 2017

10th – Adderbury – Owen Green “William Smith, the father of geology”. Methodist Chapel schoolroom, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

10th – Radley – Stephen Barker – “The Oxfordshire Home Front 1914-1918”. Primary School, 7:30pm.

11th – Thame – Roger Askew “Gilt and gorgeousness – the transformation of Windsor Castle during the reign of King George IV”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

12th – Deddington – Dr Richard Buckley “The Richard III Project in Leicester”. Windwill Centre, 7:30pm.

12th – Wallingford – Julie Ann Godson “The Water Gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a viscountess”. St Mary’s Church, 8:00pm.

17th – Bicester – Deborah Hayter “The Peripatetic Poor”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

19th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Simon Wenham “A crystal vision of Victorian Britain: the Great Exhibition of 1851”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21st – Finstock – Deborah Hayter “Ridge and Furrow”. Village hall, 8:00pm.

24th – Oxfordshire Family History Society – Kathy Chater “Huguenots in the British Isles”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

25th – Kidlington – Silvia Joinson “Elizabeth of Bohemia”. Willow Tree Restaurant, Moorside Place, 7:50pm.

31st – Launton – Sqdn Ldr A Barrett “The Berlin Airlift”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

September 2017

11th – Radley – Peter Neal – “MG Cars in Abingdon”. Primary School, 7:30pm.

12th – Thame – Roger Mason “Votes for Women”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

13th – Deddington – Jan Warner “Memories of Deddington in the 1940s and 1950s”. Windwill Centre, 7:30pm.

14th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Liz Woolley “Beer, sausages and marmalade: Food, politics and tourism in 19th-century Oxford”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

18th – Adderbury – Stefan White “Skulduggery in the shrubbery: the sad, true and fascinating story of the Tradescants’’. Methodist Chapel schoolroom, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

18th – Goring Gap – Mark Stevens “Broadmoor revealed: The Victorian asylum – an introduction to Britain’s oldest secure hospital”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

18th – Kennington – Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale: A lost way of life before the railways came to the countryside”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

20th – Littlemore – Clare Sargent “The History of Radley College”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

21st – Sibfords – Liz Woolley “Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War”. Sibford Village Hall, 8:00pm.

21st – Whitchurch & Goring Heath- Alan Copeland “Eccentric London part 2”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

21st – Wychwoods  – Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale: rural life before the railways”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

25th – Oxfordshire Family History Society – Tim Healey “Sex, Drink and Death in 17th-century Oxfordshire”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

25th – Launton – Stephen Barker “The Battle of Cropredy Bridge”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

26th – Enstone – Carol Hardy “The Rothschilds: family, fortune and philanthropy”. Venue tbc, 7:30pm.

26th – Sutton Courtenay – Ken Welsh “Prehistoric, Roman and Saxon Discoveries at Bridge Farm, Sutton Courtenay”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

27th – Dorchester – Ellie Reid “Dressing Up the Past: Historical Pageants in Early Twentieth Century Oxfordshire”. Dorchester Village Hall, 7:30pm.

October 2017

3rd – Henley – Liz Woolley “Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

10th – Thame – Derek Turner “How Oxfordshire soldiers saved lives in the Great War”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

11th – Deddington – Julie Ann Godson “The Water Gypsy: How a Thames fishergirl became a Viscountess, a true story”. Windwill Centre, 7:30pm.

12th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Timothy Walker “The Oxford Botanic Garden – the first 393 years”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

16th – Adderbury – Richard Buckley “The Richard III Project in Leicester’’. Methodist Chapel schoolroom, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

16th – Bicester – Martin Greenwood “Evacuees”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

16th – Kennington – Mark Davies “Early Oxford-Cambridge boat races”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18th – Littlemore – Simon Wenham “Morris Metropolis”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

19th – Longworth – Liz Woolley “Beer, Sausages and Marmalade: food, drink and politics in Victorian Oxford”. Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

19th – Sibfords – Gillian White “The Great Fire of Warwick”. Sibford Village Hall, 8:00pm.

19th – Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Alan Turton “The Siege of Basing House” . Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

19th – Wychwoods – AGM and Muriel Pilkington “The Burford Mutiny”. Shipton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

23rd – Oxfordshire Family History Society – Peter Towey “Tracing Ancestors in Continental Europe”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

24th – Enstone – Stephanie Dalley “The mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon”. Venue tbc, 7:30pm.

25th – Dorchester – Chris Wardley “The Great Exhibition of 1851: How and Why a Quarter of the Population Visited London in the Summer of 1851”. Dorchester Village Hall, 7:30pm.

26th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Rob Jacobs “Beatrix Havergal and Waterperry, their story and legacy”. Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

30th – Launton – Peter Barrington “Edward Burne-Jones”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

November 2017

7th – Henley – Tom Walker “Mesolithic to Modern: living on sand at Gwithian, Cornwall”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

8th – Deddington – Dan Allen “What did Granny do in WWI? Women in the Army in the First World War”. Windwill Centre, 7:30pm.

9th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Tony Hadland “Steam and Steel in the Vale of the White Horse”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

14th – Thame – Lesley Charnock “Christmas through the ages”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

14th – Sutton Courtenay – Martin Way “The Golden Age of Stage Coaching”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Victoria Benata “Medical and Scientific Oxford”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16th – Longworth – Simon Wenham “Salters Steamers”. Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Val Bott “Discovering West London Nursery Gardeners 1650 – 1850”. Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

16th – Sibfords – Richard Buckley “Life after Richard III – Archaeology at Leicester 2012 – 2017”. Sibford Village Hall, 8:00pm.

16th –Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Liz Woolley “Beer, sausages and marmalade: Food, politics and tourism in 19th-century Oxford”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

16th – Wychwoods – Bill King “A walk along the Thames Path from the source near Cirencester towards Oxford”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

20th – Adderbury – Barry Davis “Hello, Hello, Adderbury Fire Brigade calling’’. Methodist Chapel schoolroom, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

20th – Bicester – Pat Snelson “A Window into Bicester’s Architectural History”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

20th – Kennington – David Holt “Thomas Barnardo – ‘The Doctor’”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

22nd – Dorchester – Ben Ford “Initial Results from the Westgate Oxford Excavations”. Dorchester Abbey Guest House, 7:30pm.

27th – Oxfordshire Family History Society – Chris and Judy Rouse “The History of the Midland Railway and its Staff Records”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

28th – Enstone – Paul Roberts “Underwater archaeology and creating exhibitions for the Ashmolean Museum”. Venue tbc, 7:30pm.

December 2017

7th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Twigs Way “An Inducement to Early Marriage? The Social History of the Allotment”. Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

13th – Adderbury – Christmas Party with Richard Westcott “Confessions of a Pantomime Dame”. Village Institute, 7:30pm.

18th – Bicester – Martin Buckland “Canal Communities”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

18th – Kennington – Eric Sidebottom “Rewriting history: Why disease has been more important than wars, kings and politicians”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

January 2018

11th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Andrew Sargent “The Prehistory of the Upper Thames”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

15th – Kennington – Tony Hadland “Steam and steel in the Vale of the White Horse”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18th – Wychwoods – Liz Woolley “Beer, sausages and marmalade: Oxford food and drink in the 19th century”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

23rd – Sutton Courtenay – Simon Wenham “Morris’ Motopolis: The Motor Works and the Transformation of Oxford”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

February 2018

8th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Alastair Lack “The History of Oxford University”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

15th –Whitchurch & Goring Heath – AGM followed by John Leighfield “Historic Maps of Oxfordshire”. Whitchurch Village Hall 8:00pm.

15th – Wychwoods – Simon Draper “VCH research on Ascott under Wychwood”. Shipton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

March 2018

8th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale: rural life before the railways”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

15th – Sibfords – AGM followed by Penelope Keith’s “Hidden Villages – the Cotswolds” and other DVDs. Sibford Village Hall, 8:00pm.

15th – Wychwoods – Julie Summers “Strangers in the house: women’s stories of men returning from the Second World War”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

April 2018

19th – Wychwoods – Open evening with the Metal Detectives Group – bring your garden finds. Shipton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

May 2018

17th – Wychwoods – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”.  Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

June 2018

21st – Wychwoods – Mark Davies “Daniel Harris – Oxford Castle gaoler extraordinaire”. Shipton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

September 2018

20th – Wychwoods – Alastair Lack “Travels with Auntie – my life at the BBC World Service”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

October 2018

18th – Wychwoods – AGM and Katherine Bradley “Early women professional gardeners, including the founders of Waterperry”. Shipton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

November 2018

15th – Wychwoods – Clare Sargent “WW1 memorials and public schools in the Great War”. Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

 

 

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