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.

November 2017

11th – Stratton Audley – a presentation on the history of Stratton Audley, using the voices of several villagers recorded by Radio Oxford in the 1970s. St Mary & St Edburga Church, 7:30pm.

13th – Chipping Norton – Jan Cliffe “Investigating Chipping Norton Buildings”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 7:30pm.

13th – Radley – Tim Healey “Drovers Roads”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

14th – Marcham – Bob Frampton “Made in Abingdon – Echoes from the shop floor at MG”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

14th – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – Peter Smith “Port Meadow: The Forgotten Aerodrome”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

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

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

15th – Bloxham – Simon Batten “The history of Bloxham School”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

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

16th – Abingdon – Mike Hurst “‘Tracks to the Trenches: Ambulance and military transport trains during WWI”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

16th – Eynsham – Mike Heaney “The extraordinary Oxfordshire collections of Percy Manning”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 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.

17th – Finstock – Simon Townley “Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park: recent work by the VCH”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

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 – Goring Gap – Tim Healey “Drovers’ roads in Oxfordshire and beyond”. Village Hall, 2.30pm.

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

21st – Iffley – Tim Porter “English Gothic: Eight Centuries of Architecture, Art and Ideas”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

21st – Witney – Tim Jordan “The History of Cotswold Barns”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

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

22nd – Museum of Oxford – Liz Woolley “Beer, sausauges and marmalde: Food, tourism and politics in Victorian Oxford”. The Old Museum, Oxford Town Hall, 6:00pm.

24th – The Hanneys – Andy Robertson “From the pages: village life in the late 19th century from the pages of Hanney’s parish magazine”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

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.

27th – Tackley – Paul Atterbury “At Home in the 20th Century”. Tackley Village Hall, 8:00pm.

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

28th – Kidlington – Pam Manix “Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

28th – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – Simon Bradley “Pevsner and the Oxford Colleges”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

30th – Aston – Colin Fox “The Tudor Warship, The Mary Rose”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

December 2017

5th – Hook Norton – Deborah Hayter “How Enclosure Changed Oxfordshire’s Landscape”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6th – Otmoor – Carl Champness “The St Aldates Excavations”. Islip Village Hall, 8:00pm.

6th – The Oxfordshire Museum – Lesley Dunlop “Times 0f Contrast – A Geological Perspective of Oxfordshire in the Jurassic and Quaternary”. Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

7th – Abingdon – Tim Healey “A 17th-century Christmas”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

7th – Eynsham – Julie Godson. “Scandal in high society Oxfordshire: twenty tales of toffs in trouble”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

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.

8th – Charlbury – Allan Ledger “Jane Austen and the Cotswolds”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

8th – Finstock – Tony Cooper and others “Inquest – a true account of the late William Sutton Hunt of Fawler, farmer, 1878”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

11th – Chipping Norton – Liz Woolley “Oxfordshire & the Spanish Civil War 1936-39”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 7:30pm.

12th – Kidlington – Christmas party and Katherine Bradley “Nineteenth-century Women Travellers and Explorers”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:30pm.

12th – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – Malcolm Airs “One of the most beautiful landscapes in the world: The Nuneham Courtenay Estate 1712 – 2017”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

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

13th – Woodstock – Sir Stephen Sedley “Christmas in the Trenches: Bells of Hell, Trench Songs of the Great War”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, 7:00pm. £16.

14th – Banbury – Simon Townley “Wychwood Forest and Cornbury: recent work by the VCH”. Banbury Museum, 7:30pm.

14th – Didcot – Christine Wallace “A Bake Off Christmas and How It Used To Be”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

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

18th – Goring Gap – Mike Hurst “Old time Christmas”. Village Hall, 2.30pm.

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

19th – Iffley – Victoria Bentata “Scientific and Medical Oxford”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

19th – Witney – Ben Ford “The Westgate Excavations”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

January 2018

2nd – Henley – Colin Berks “Saxon Cookham”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

2nd – Hook Norton – John Wheatley “The Lighthouse Stevensons”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

8th – Chalgrove – Simon Townley “The Victoria County History of Benson”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

8th – Radley – Tim Jordan “Cotswold Stone Barns”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

9th – Marcham – Annual lecture – title TBC. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

9th – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – David Griffiths & Jane Harrison “Lepers, Pilgrims and Roundheads: Excavations at Bartlemas Chapel, Cowley, by Archeox (the East Oxford Project)”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

10th – Deddington – Tim Healey “May Morning in Oxford”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

10th – The Oxfordshire Museum – John Banbury “Trees and the Making of our Woodland”. Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

11th – Banbury – Mark Curthoys “The DNB and Banburyshire: resources for local historians”. Banbury Museum, 7:30pm.

11th – Didcot – Ellie Reid “Dressing up the past: Historical pageants – the re-enactment of Oxfordshire local history”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

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

12th – Charlbury – Will Hazell “Local History is Awesome: Stories of Charlbury’s Murders and Misbehaviours”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

15th – Goring Gap – Alan Turton “Castles of Wessex”. Village Hall, 2:30pm.

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

16th – Witney – Tim Healey “Drove Roads of Oxfordshire”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

17th – Bloxham – Michael Heaney “Percy Manning: the man who collected Oxfordshire”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

18th – Abingdon – Hubert Zawadzki “The Land of the White Eagle: the Story of Poland”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

18th – Eynsham – Martin Buckland “The Invisible Brick”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

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

19th – Finstock – Shaun Morley and Dave Retter “Exploring the history of your house”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

22nd – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire on the Home Front 1914-18”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

22nd – Tackley – Neil Wilson “The Harbourne Manuscript: Tackley in the Early 1600s”. Tackley Village Hall, 8:00pm.

23rd – Enstone – Ffiona Perigrinor “The lifestyle of Alice de Bryene, a 15th-century housewife and hostess”. Contact Anne Francis (01608 678820, annefrancis1@gmail.com) for venue; 7:30pm.

23rd – The Hanneys – Stephen Barker “Oxford in the Civil War”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

23rd – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – John Blair “Roman and Early Medieval Wychwood: New Thoughts and Discoveries”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

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

24th – Dorchester – Greg Stores “Commemoration of the deceased: historical aspects from local churches including Dorchester Abbey”. Followed by the AGM. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

29th – Launton – Bob Hessian “Old local pub names”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

30th – Kidlington – Peter Barrington “William Morris – Designer, Novelist and Explorer”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

February 2018

1st – Eynsham – Stanley Jenkins “Oxfordshire Military History”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

6th – Henley – Michael Redley “The Boer War: a Forgotten Conflict”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

6th – Hook Norton – Bill King “Women of WW2”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6th – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – Ben Ford “Westgate Oxford: Initial Results from Oxford’s Largest Excavation – a Prehistoric Floodplain, a Medieval Friary, Civil War Defences and Victorian Terraces”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

7th – Otmoor – A. Johnson “Recent survey work in the Woodeaton Roman Temple field, and new thoughts on the Islip Roman villa”. Islip Village Hall, 8:00pm.

7th – The Oxfordshire Museum – Mark Davies “A Literary Tour of Oxford’s Waterways”. Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

7th – Woodstock – Glyn Evans “The Loss of the Troopship Birkenhead”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, 7:00pm. £10.

8th – Banbury – Robin Darwall-Smith “‘Old Obadiah, sing Ave Maria’: the strange case of Obadiah Walker, Master of University College, Oxford, 1676-1689”. Banbury Museum, 7:30pm.

8th – Didcot – David Taylor “The Army in Didcot”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

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

9th – Charlbury – Elizabeth Koepping “How long does it take to belong? Rural Lutherans in South Australia, 1841 – present”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

12th – Chipping Norton – Paul Warwick “The History of Cotswold Morris Dancing”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 7:30pm.

12th – Radley –  Katherine Bradley “Votes for Women in Oxfordshire”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

13th – Marcham – Olivia Robinson “Church leisure in the 19th century”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

14th – Deddington – Bill King “The defences of the Thames and Cherwell Valleys in World War II”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

15th – Abingdon – Members’ “Old Images of Abingdon”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

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.

16th – Finstock – Tim Healey “Sex, drink and death in the 17th century”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

19th – Goring Gap – Graham Twemlow “20th Century Art & Design in the Chilterns”. Village Hall, 2:30pm.

20th – Enstone – Anthony Lambert “The Orient Express”. Contact Anne Francis (01608 678820, annefrancis1@gmail.com) for venue; 7:30pm.

20th – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – John Hawkins “Old Maps of Oxford: Another Look at Agas, Loggan and Whittlesey”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

20th – Witney – Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

21st – Bloxham – Tom Crook “The corruption of Parliament? MPs, money and public service in modern Britain”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

21st – Iffley – James Hamilton “The Oxfordshire of JWM Turner”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

22nd – Aston – Russell La Forte “The Falklands”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

26th – Launton – Hugh Granger “London to York by stagecoach”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

26th – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Maggie Loughran “Researching Ancestors in Ireland”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

26th – Tackley – Vicki Woods “Oxfordshire at War in 20 Objects”. Tackley Village Hall, 8:00pm.

27th – The Hanneys – Mike Grieg “The History of Garford”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

27th – Kidlington – Tony Boughton “The Stench of Victorian Indecision”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

28th – Dorchester – Katherine Clarke “Pandora Poets and Party Animals: representations of women in the ancient world”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

March 2018

1st – Eynsham – Tony Hack “The Wiltshire Medieval Graffiti Survey”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

5th – Chalgrove – Illustrated talk and demonstration of coachhorn calls and tunes by a road coach guard. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

6th – Henley – Graham Twemlow – “Henley – Art and Design in the Chilterns”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

6th – Hook Norton – Ben Ford “The Westgate Excavations”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6th – Oxfordshire Architectural & Historical Society (OAHS) – Susan Lisk “The Oxfordshire Historic Environment Record at 50”. Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, 5:30pm.

7th – Otmoor – Owen Green “A dip in the Jurassic Seas of Oxfordshire”. Islip Village Hall, 8:00pm.

7th – The Oxfordshire Museum – John McNeil “The Medieval Parish Church in Oxfordshire, from Romanesque to Gothic”. Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

8th – Banbury – Ros Faith “What can economic historians learn from medieval farmers? ”. Banbury Museum, 7:30pm.

8th – Didcot – Martin Way “Tin Hats and Gas Masks”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

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

9th – Charlbury – Liz Woolley “Oxford’s Base and Brickish Skirt: the development of the suburbs 1850-1914”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

12th – Chipping Norton – AGM plus Alan Watkins “A Magic Lantern Show”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 7:30pm.

12th – Radley – Jackie Smith “The Medieval Bridges at Abingdon and Culham”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

13th – Marcham – George Candelin “Ringing birds”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

14th – Deddington – Simon Townley “Wychwood Forest”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

15th – Abingdon – Bryan Brown “A Celebration of the Life of John Henry Brookes 1891 – 1975; the man who inspired a University”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

15th – Eynsham – Nicholas Clapton “The unkindest cut: a history of the Castrati”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 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.

16th – Finstock – John Naylor “The Watlington Hoard: King Alfred’s coins and Viking treasures”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

19th – Goring Gap – Liz Woolley “Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War, 1936 – 1939”. Village Hall, 2:30pm.

20th – Enstone – Harry Sidebottom “Ancient warfare”. Contact Anne Francis (01608 678820, annefrancis1@gmail.com) for venue; 7:30pm.

20th – Iffley – Simon Wenham “A Crystal Vision of Victorian Britain: the Great Exhibition of 1851”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

20th – Witney – Tim Partridge “Curbridge and its Church”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

21st – Bloxham – Simon Wenham “A Crystal Vision of Victorian Britain: the Great Exhibition of 1851”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

26th – Launton – Robert Harris “Nuffield/Cowley works in WW2”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

26th – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Malcolm Graham “Women in Oxford during the Great War”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

26th – Tackley – Liz Woolley “The Common Lodging House in Victorian England”. Tackley Village Hall, 8:00pm.

27th – The Hanneys – Deborah Hayter “Lost villages of Oxfordshire: what causes thriving communities to disappear from the map?” War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

27th – Kidlington – John Leighfield “The History of Maps”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

28th – Dorchester –  Malcolm Airs “A Noble Plan that Failed: Pier Luigi and the Pitt Rivers Museum”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

29th – Aston – Mark Davies “James Sadler of Oxford, the First English Aeronaut”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

April 2018

3rd – Henley – Caroline Brown “Anne Damer: Sculpting Society”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

3rd – Hook Norton – Julie Ann Godson “1066 and Oxfordshire’s Part in the Norman Conquest”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

5th – Eynsham – Steve Parrinder “Laying up Treasures on Earth: the wealth of Eynsham Abbey”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

9th – Chipping Norton – Mark Davies “Oxford Town and Gown”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 7:30pm.

9th – Radley – Malcolm Graham “Wonderful Things: Revelations from the City Engineer’s Strong Room (Oxford)”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

10th – Marcham – Geoffrey Tyack “Architecture of the Radcliffe Camera”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

11th – Deddington – David Hood “The Malayan Campaign”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

11th – Woodstock – Nick Haynes “The 52nd and the Rout of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard at Waterloo”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, 7:00pm. £10.

12th – Didcot – Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale: A Lost Way of Life, Before the Railways came to the Countryside”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

13th – Charlbury – Simon Walker “That muck called gold: socio-economic and cultural aspects of the Gold Rush”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

16th – Chalgrove – Dave Maycock “Brass rubbing”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

16th – Goring Gap – Julie Ann Godson “Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

17th – Iffley – Janina Ramirez “The Body: Domain of the Sciences or the Arts?”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm. Vivien Greene Memorial Lecture, hence ticket only – contact Paul Butler on mpetipa@ntlworld.com.

17th – Witney – Simon Townley “The Victorian County History covering Cornbury and the Wychwood Forest”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

18th – Bloxham – Colin Oakes “Dr Johnson’s Dictionary”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

19th – Abingdon – The Lambrick Lecture: Manfred Brod “Abingdon, monastic estate to borough”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

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

20th – Finstock – Frances Richardson “Women in agriculture, 1700-1900”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

23rd – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Tom Doig “Old photogaphs: their identification and dating”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

24th – The Hanneys – Nick Hance “The History of the Harwell Nuclear Research Site”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

24th – Kidlington – Dave Richardson “The History of Old Pubs of Oxford”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

25th – Dorchester – Denise Line and Helen Russell “Back stories of baptisms: customs and christening garments”. Dorchester Social History. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

30th – Launton – Liz Woolley “How the comng of the railway changed Oxford”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

May 2018

1st – Henley – James Mather “The Watlington Hoard”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

1st – Hook Norton – AGM followed by Owen Green “William Smith, Father of Geology”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

8th – Marcham – William Wintle “The Iron Age and Romano-British landscape of the Vale of the White Horse”. All Saints Church, 7:45pm.

9th – Deddington – Gary Lock “Becoming Roman in Oxfordshire”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

14th – Radley – Liz Woolley “‘Oxford’s Base and Brickish Skirt’ – The Development of Oxford’s Suburbs 1850-1914”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

15th – Iffley – Allan Chapman “Dr Charles Daubeny – Botanist, Chemist and Reformer of Natural Sciences at Nineteenth-Century Oxford”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

15th – Witney – Simon Wenham “Morris Motoropolis”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

16th – Bloxham – Bruce Smith “The drove roads of the south Midlands”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

17th – Abingdon – Jonathan Healey “The People’s Politics in Tudor England”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

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

18th – Finstock – Robert Williamson “British national cinema during WW2”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

21st – Chalgrove – David Clark “Stonor Park”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

21st – Goring Gap – James Mather “The Watlington Hoard & Responsible Metal Detecting”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

21st – Launton – MartinSirot-Smith “Life in Tudor times”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

21st – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  Simon Wenham “Poverty, Pestilence and Public Health in Victorian Britain”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

22nd – Enstone – Kieran Stiles “Aspects of the history of art and influences on different artists”. Contact Anne Francis (01608 678820, annefrancis1@gmail.com) for venue; 7:30pm.

23rd – Dorchester – Robert Kidner “Farm Boys, Clowns and Gypsies: to include the art of Dame Laura Knight”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

June 2018

4th – Chalgrove – Colin Oakes “Allotments and the strange people who serve in them! ”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

5th – Henley – Jack Ogden “Invincible No Longer: Diamonds in the Mediaeval World”. Kings Arms Barn (entry from Kings Road car park), 7:45pm.

11th – Radley – Rod Ellis “The Life of Edward Brookes VC of Oakley and Oxford”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

15th – Finstock – Tony Hadland “Pop Pirates of the 1960s”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

21st – Abingdon – Members’ presentations on “Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society: A Historical 50 Years”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

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

25th – Launton – Julie Godson “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

25th – Oxfordshire Family History Society –  AGM and Christopher Fance “Finding Relatives using DNA tests”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

July 2018

9th – Radley – Hubert Zawadzki “Invasion, Deportation and Survival: A Polish Woman’s Epic Wartime Story 1939-1945”. Primary School Hall, 7:30pm.

11th – Deddington – Stefan White “Come into the garden Maud”. Windmill Centre, 7:30pm.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

October 2018

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

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

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

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

November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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