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.

July 2018

16th – Bicester – John Beaumont “Wireless War Secrets”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

18th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Mike Hurst “Tracks to the Trenches”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

19th – Museum of Oxford – Mark Davies “Stories of Oxford Castle”. Oxford Town Hall, 6:00pm.

23rd – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Muriel Pilkington “The Oxford Canal and its People”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

26th – Aston – John Caldicott “The Foundling Hospital – the UK’s first children’s charity”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

27th – South Stoke – Gregory Stores “Afflictions and their curious remedies in days gone by.” Village Hall, 8:00pm.

30th – Launton – Stephen Barker “the Oxfordshire home front, 1914-18”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

31st – Kidlington – Julie Ann Godson “Scandal in High Society”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

September 2018

3rd – Chalgrove – Malcolm Airs “Barns, bridges and bay windows in Dorchester on Thames”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

3rd – Weston – Julie Ann Godson “The Water Gypsy: How a Thames fisher girl became a viscountess”. Weston on the Green village hall, 7:30pm.

4th – Hook Norton – Tim Healey “A 17th-Century Christmas”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

5th – Woodstock (Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum) – Veronica Thorneloe “Conservation and restoration at Blenheim Palace”. The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

7th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Oliver Cox “Oxford University’s work with heritage”. Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

10th – Radley – AGM and Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

11th – Thame – Simon Wenham “Poverty, pestilence and public health in Victorian Britain”. Church Barns, Church Road, 7:30pm.

12th – Deddington – Liz Woolley “Beer, Sausages and Marmalade Oxford Food and Drink in the Nineteenth Century”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

12th – Woodstock – Michael Linton “1066: Medieval Mosaic”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, 6:45pm. £10.

13th – Banbury – Jeff West “Fresh thoughts about St Mary’s Banbury in its architectural, theological and liturgical context”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

13th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Simon Wenham “Power & Personalities: Politics in Victorian & Edwardian Oxford”. Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, 7:30pm.

15th– Stratton Audley – Julie Ann Godson – “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”. Church of St Mary and St Edburga, 7:30pm.

17th – Adderbury – Liz Woolley “Beer, Sausages and Marmalade: Oxford Food and Drink in the 19th Century”. Village Institute, 7:30pm.

17th – Bicester – AGM and Janet & Victor Puddick “Church & Town: a shared heritage”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

17th – Goring Gap – Jill Eyers “Life & Death in a Roman Villa: The Story of Yewden in the Hambleden Valley”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

17th – Kennington – Alistair Lack “Oxfordshire Country Houses”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18th – Witney – Valerie Burton “Witney Blankets”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

19th – Bloxham – Julie Ann Godson “Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire: selected tales of toffs in trouble”. Jubilee Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

19th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Martin Buckland: film evening. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

20th – Sibfords – Richard Martin “Witney Blanket Hall”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

20th – Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Simon Wenham “The Rise and Fall of Pleasure Boating on the Thames”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

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

24th – Launton – Peter Barrington “Flora and Betty – the Lark Rise writes”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

24th – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Liz Woolley “66 Men of Grandpont 1914-1918”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

24th – Tackley – Anni Byard “Recent archaeological discoveries in Oxfordshire and the Antiquities Scheme”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

25th – Enstone – Simon Batten “How the British army prepared for World War I”. Contact Anne Francis (01608 678820, annefrancis1@gmail.com) for venue; 7:30pm.

25th – Sutton Courtenay – Deborah Hayter “The Lost Villages of Oxfordshire”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

26th – Dorchester – Margot Metcalfe and Denise Line “Up the Street: the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

27th – Aston – Stewart Lindford “The remarkable story of our national chair – the Windsor”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

October 2018

1st – Chalgrove – Stephen Barker “The Oxfordshire Home Front 1914-18”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

2nd – Henley – Jill Eyers “Boudicca – Warrior Queen or Rebel?” Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

2nd – Hook Norton – Simon Townley “A General Introduction to the VCH including the Wychwoods”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

3rd – Woodstock (Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum) – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire on the Home Front 1914-18”. The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

9th – Marcham – Mark Davies “Secrets of Oxford Castle”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

9th – Thame – Bill King “The Roman invasion, occupation and colonisation of Britain”. Church Barns, Church Road, 7:30pm.

11th – Banbury – Greger Larson “Exploring the origins of domestic animals using ancient DNA”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

11th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Sue Smith “Stories of Conscientious Objectors in First World War Oxfordshire”. Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, 7:30pm.

12th – Charlbury – Camilla Lambrick & Alan Larkman “Birds, Bellflowers, and Beetles: Wildlife in the Cotswolds Fifty Years Ago and Now”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

15th – Adderbury – Stephen Wass “William Castle: A Notable Banbury Eccentric and Morris Fool”. Village Institute, 7:30pm.

15th – Bicester – Mark Davies “The Bicester Gang and other stories of Oxford Castle, including a personal Norman, Indian and local association”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

15th – Kennington – Ruth Buckley “Anglo Saxon Oxford”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

16th – Iffley – AGM and Alastair Lack “The buildings of Oxford University”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

16th – Witney – Julie Charlesworth and John Hackston “On the street where we live: West End, Witney”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

17th – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Bruce Hedge “Porcelain and the China clay industry”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18th – Longworth – Tony Hadland “From Biplanes to BAC via Bouncing Bombs”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18th – Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Tim Healey “Drove Roads in Oxfordshire and Beyond”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

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

19th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Jane Bradney “Repton’s Red Books”. Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

22nd – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Helen Ford “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy ….Family History and Trade Unions”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

22nd – Tackley – Peter Read “A history of Mars”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

24th – Dorchester – Lisa Walker “A History of Women’s Rowing in Oxford”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

23rd – Enstone – Martin Elson “The early 20th-century owners of Chastleton House”. Contact Anne Francis (01608 678820, annefrancis1@gmail.com) for venue; 7:30pm.

25th – Aston – Simon Wenham “Poverty, pestilence and public health in Victorian Britain”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

25th – Sibfords – Victoria Huxley “Jane Austen and Adlestrop: her other Family”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

26th – Benson – David Greenaway “Britain’s Early Warning Systems”. Parish Hall, 7:30pm.

26th – South Stoke – Deborah Hayter “The Poor Law in the 18th Century: The Crisis in the Parishes.” Village Hall, 8:00pm.

29th – Launton – Paul Ebberson “Restoring the Princes Risborough-Chinnor branch line”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

November 2018

2nd – Charlbury – Katherine Bradley “A History of the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage in Oxfordshire”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

5th – Chalgrove – Simon Wenham “Morris’ motopolis: the motor works and the transformation of Oxford”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

6th – Henley – Phillada Ballard “Culham Court”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

6th – Hook Norton – Chris Day “The History of Oxford University”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

7th – Woodstock – John Lyons’ “Operations Blackbuck: A View from the Ground”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, 6:45pm. £10.

7th – Woodstock (Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum) – Jude Barrett “Hoards and treasures”. The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

8th – Banbury – Rosemmary Leadbeater “‘… the constant terror of this loathsome and fatal disease’; facing smallpox in eighteenth-century Banbury”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

8th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Michael Heaney “Morris Dancing – with particular reference to the local area”. Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, 7:30

13th – Marcham – Mike Hoath “Those from Marcham and district who served in World War I”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

13th – Sutton Courtenay – Eric Jenkins “The history of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE), Harwell”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

13th – Thame – Chris Bowler “Thame through the letter box”. Church Barns, Church Road, 7:30pm.

14th – Deddington – Simon Wenham “A Crystal Vision of Victorian Britain: The Great Exhibition of 1851”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

15th – Longworth – Martin Buckland “A History of the Canals: The World to Wiltshire”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15th – Sibfords – Film showing:  “66 Men of Grandpont, 1914-18”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

15th – Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Mike Hurst “Saunders of the River, boat builder and founder of the aviation company Saunders Roe”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

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

16th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Trevor Rowley “Forests and Parks of Oxfordshire and their Relation to Normandy”. Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

19th – Adderbury – Barry Davis “Three Ladies of Adderbury”. Village Institute, 7:30pm.

19th – Bicester – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in Fifty Objects”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

19th – Kennington – Steve Parrinder “The Lost Abbey of Eynsham”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

20th – Enstone – Rana Mitter “The history of modern China”. Contact Anne Francis (01608 678820, annefrancis1@gmail.com) for venue; 7:30pm.

20th – Iffley – Tim Porter “Purbeck marble – the royal stone of thirteenth-century England”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

20th – Witney – Simon Wenham “Crime and punishment in Victorian Britain”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

21st – Vale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Martin Buckland “How many architects were named Gilbert Scott?”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

26th – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Tony Hadland “My Last Ag-Lab”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

26th – Tackley – Laura Preston “Knossos and elite burials in Ancient Greece”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

28th – Dorchester –  John Bridgeman “The Oxfordshire Hussars at the end of the Great War, 1918”. Dorchester Abbey Guest House, 7:30pm.

29th – Aston – Bill King “Glen Millar – the magic and mystery”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

30th – South Stoke – Judith Curthoys [talk title tbc]. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

December 2018

4th – Hook Norton – Ben Ford “The Westgate Excavations”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

5th – Woodstock (Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum) – Wendy Morrison “Beacons of the past: examining hillforts”. The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

7th – Oxfordshire Gardens Trust – Margaret Willes “Parmesan and Parsley: John Evelyn, Samuel Pepys and Gardens”. Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

13th – Banbury – Carol Anderson “Glovemaking in Oxfordshire”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

14th – Charlbury – David Innes “From the Black Prince to Helmand Province: a Look at Oxfordshire’s Military Heritage”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

17th – Kennington – Dave Richardson “The History of Old Pubs of Oxford”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18th – Iffley – Julie Summers “Uninvited guests: the secret life of Britain’s country houses 1939-1945”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

18th – Witney – Richard O Smith “Britain’s most eccentric sports”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

January 2019

7th – Chalgrove – Lazlo Graf “A Hungarian refugee”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

7th – Weston – Liz Woolley “The Development of Oxford’s suburbs, 1850-1914”. Weston on the Green village hall, 7:30pm.

8th – Hook Norton – Alasdair Brown “Local Dialects”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

8th – Marcham – Sian Liwicki “The work of Wild Oxfordshire”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

9th – Woodstock (Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum) – John Banbury “Twenty centuries of decorative glass”. The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

10th – Banbury – Rowena Archer “The rise and rise of Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk (d. 1475)”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

10th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Tim Healey “Pagans & Puritans – The story of May Morning in Oxford”. Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, 7:30pm.

11th – Charlbury – Nick Millea “From Agas to OS: Oxford’s Changing Townscape in Old Maps and New”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

15th – Witney – Tim Healey “The Green Man trail in Oxfordshire”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

21st – Kennington – Simon Wenham “Morris’s Motopolis: The Motor Works and the Transformation of Oxford”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

28th – Tackley – Robin Gibbons “A history of St Nicholas Church, Tackley, part 2”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

February 2019

5th – Hook Norton – Russell Collins “Hook Norton Pottery”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6th – Woodstock (Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum) – Judy Rouse “Ticket to ride: the perils and pleasures of early Victorian rail travel”. The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

8th – Charlbury – Jonathan Luxmoore “Britain, Poland, and the East-West Labyrinth”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

12th – Marcham – Tim Jordan “Cotswold barns”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

14th – Banbury – Keith Westcott “Discovering the Broughton Hoard and the Broughton Roman Villa”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

17th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Alaistair Lack “Oxford’s Country Houses”. Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, 7:30pm.

19th – Iffley – Simon Wenham “Morris’s motoropolis: the motor works and the transformation of Oxford”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

19th – Witney – Bill King “Yesterday’s runways: airfields of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

25th – Tackley – Janice Kinory “Oxford past and present: Old photographs of Oxford”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

28th – Aston – Tony Hadland “Papists at the Manor – The Yates and Throckmortons of Buckland and Lydford in the Vale of the White Horse”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

March 2019

4th – Chalgrove – Colin Oakes “Shrove Tuesday – more than pancakes”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

5th – Hook Norton – Liz Woolley “66 Men of Grandpont 1914-18”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6th – Woodstock (Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum) – Liz Woolley “Children’s experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire”. The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

8th – Charlbury – Peter Whitfield “Oxford, Burford, and London: Compton Mackenzie’s ‘Theatre of Youth’”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

14th – Banbury – Liz Woolley “‘It will do him more good than going to school’: Child labour in nineteenth-century Oxfordshire”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

17th – Wootton & Dry Sandford – Mark Davies “The Joneses of Jesus: Oxford’s Welsh Connections”. Wootton & Dry Sandford Community Centre, Lamborough Hill, Wootton, 7:30pm.

19th – Iffley – Nick Humphris “Chedworth Roman Villa”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

19th – Witney – Michael Heaney “Morris Dancing”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

25th – Tackley – Martin Edwards “A history of the internet”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

26th – Sutton Courtenay – Katherine Bradley “Early Women Professional Gardeners”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28th – Aston – Christine Farmer “Masquerade – the history of the mask”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

April 2019

1st – Chalgrove – Alistair Lack “Mysterious Lewis Carroll”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45 pm.

8th – Hook Norton – Trevor Rowley “Oxfordshire Castles”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

9th – Marcham – Adrienne Rosen “The making of Chipping Norton: history and buildings 1150-1750”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

10th – Banbury – Oral history in Banbury. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm.

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

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

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

May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

June 2019

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

 

 

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