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.

March 2020

31stKidlington – Marjory Szurko “Sweet Slices of History”. Willow Tree Cafe, Moorside Place, 7:50pm. CANCELLED

April 2020

1st – Otmoor – AGM and Liz Woolley “The development of Oxford’s suburbs, 1850 –1914”. Islip Village Hall, 8:00pm. CANCELLED

2nd – Eynsham –  AGM plus Nicholas Clapton “Another Renaissance: English music 1897-1945”. St Leonard’s Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

3rdCharlbury – Janet Dickinson “Courting Elizabeth: Sir Henry Lee, the Ditchley portrait, and the cult of the ‘Virgin Queen’ in late Elizabethan England”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

6th Chipping Norton – Alistair Lack “CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm. CANCELLED

6thTackley – Neil Wilson & Rachel Strachan “Shipwreck off Tasmania: the loss of 42 impoverished migrants from Tackley – 175 years on”. Village Hall, 8:15pm. CANCELLED

7th – Hook Norton – Pam Manix “Oxford’s Jewish Heritage”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

8thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) –  Gary Sheffield “The amateur soldiering tradition in Britain and the Empire 1899-1945”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

9th – Didcot – Alan Winchcombe “Beechcroft Towse VC”. Northbourne Centre, High Street, 7:30pm.

14thMarcham – Martin Buckland “Canal Restoration: Benefits to Wildlife and the Environment”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

14thRadley – Tim Healey “Pagans & Puritans: The Story of May Morning in Oxford”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

15thBloxham – “An evening with… ” [short contributions from members, sharing historical memories and interests]. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

15thHarwell – Dr Katherine Watson “Crime, Medicine and Science in History”. Village Hall, 7:30pm. POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC

15thLittlemore – John Foreman “Louis Davis: The last Pre-Raphaelite”. Giles Road community centre, 7:30pm.

16th – Deddington – Dan Allen “What did Granny do in World War I”. Primary School, Earls Lane, 7:30pm.

16thLongworth – Hana Whitton “Ashdown House and the Winter Queen” Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

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

18th Abingdon – Trevor Rowley “Landscapes of the Norman Conquest”. Northcourt Centre Hall, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm. CANCELLED

20thAdderbury – AGM and Barry Davis “The Cawley family history including Hugh Cawley at Adderbury House”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

20thBicester – Tom Doig “Dating Old Photographs”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

20thGoring Gap – Tim Healey “Sex, drink and death in the 17th century”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

20thKennington – Mark Davies “Oxford’s 400-year old Botanic Gardens: notable keepers, visitors & events”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

21stIffley – Zoe Simmons and Kate Ditson “Rare and Wonderful: Treasures from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stWitney – Bob Haley “The Fire Brigade”. High Street Methodist Church, 7:30pm.

22ndDorchester – Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Village Hall, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

23rdKirtlington & Bletchington – Annette Mayer “Ireland: The Great Famine 1845-50”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE.

23rdWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Julie-Ann Godson “Oxfordshire’s Part in the Norman Conquest” Whitchurch Village Hall, 8:00pm.

24thSouth Stoke – Judith Curthoys “Farming in South Stoke and Woodcote in the 18th and 19th centuries”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

27thOxfordshire Family History Society – John Frearson “Opening the Dore”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm. RESCHEDULED to 26 April 2021

27thTackley – Paul Booth “Roman Oxfordshire”. Village Hall, 8:00pm. CANCELLED

28thThe Hanneys – Tony Hadland “Steam and Steel in the Vale – Tramway and Industry ”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm. CANCELLED

28thKidlington – Alexa Frost “A unique insight into Kidlington’s historic relations with the Dukes of Marlborough as revealed in Blenheim Archives”. Willow Tree Cafe, Moorside Place, 7:50pm.

29th – Cowley – John Chipperfield “My life as a journalist”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 7:00pm. CANCELLED

May 2020

1stCharlbury – AGM followed by Juliet Heslewood “Mr Nicholls: The Man Who Loved Charlotte Bronte”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

5th – Hook Norton – AGM followed by Rowena Archer “The Rise and Rise of Alice Chaucer”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

7thMuseum of Oxford – David Radford “The Archaeology of Oxford: Key sites and recent work”. Oxford Town Hall, 6:00pm. Booking essential.

11th Chipping Norton – Tom Crook “The Great Stink: Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian Battle against dirt”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm. CANCELLED

11thRadley – Alastair Lack “The Oxford of Inspector Morse”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

12thMarcham – Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale: a lost way of life before the railways came to the countryside”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

13thSutton Courtenay – AGM and “Sutton Courtenay History in Words and Pictures” Village Hall, 7:30pm

13thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Robin Brodhurst “The Battle of the Atlantic – The Turning Point”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

14th – Didcot – Ian Caskie “SS Great Britain”. Northbourne Centre, High Street, 7:30pm.

18thAdderbury – Carol Anderson “Over the Hills to Glory: the story of the Ascott Martyrs”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

18thBicester – Heather Horner “Straight Joints & Curved Braces: an introduction to observing dateable features in old buildings”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

18thGoring Gap – Simon Wenham “A crystal vision of Victorian Britain: the Great Exhibition of 1851”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

18thKennington – Martin Buckland “Canal restoration: Benefits to Wildlife and the Environment”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18thOxfordshire Family History Society – Dave Annal “A brief history of Myddelton Street: a London street through the ages”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

19thIffley – Julie-Anne Lambert “A museum of common printed things’: the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

19thWitney – Julie Ann Godson “Our Boys 1914-1918: who were the fallen of one Oxfordshire valley?” High Street Methodist Church, 7:30pm.

20thBloxham – Tony Hadland “William Gill: Victorian explorer and spy”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

20thLittlemore – Liz Woolley “The coming of the railway to Oxford”. Giles Road community centre, 7:30pm.

21stAbingdon – Liz Woolley “The coming of the railway to Oxford”. Northcourt Centre Hall, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.  CANCELLED

21st – Deddington – Mark Davies “Alice in Waterland”. Primary School, Earls Lane, 7:30pm.

21stLongworth – Mike Heaney “600 Years of Morris Dancing” Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stWhitchurch & Goring Heath – John Evans “The History of Caversham Court Gardens”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

26thThe Hanneys – Liz Woolley “Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War 1936-39”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm. CANCELLED

26thKidlington – Carol Anderson “Unravelling the mystery of the Stonesfield embroidery”. Willow Tree Cafe, Moorside Place, 7:50pm.

27th – Cowley – Tim Healey “Pagans & Puritans – The story of May Morning in Oxford”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 7:00pm. CANCELLED

27thDorchester – Pam Manix “Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter”. Village Hall, 7:30pm. CANCELLED

29thSouth Stoke – David Clark “How to be a House Detective”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

February 2021

10thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Stephen Bungay “Alamein”. Woodcote 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.

April 2021

14thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Dilip Sarkar “I Knew the Few – The Battle of Britain Pilots”. Woodcote 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.

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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