Talks & meetings

In normal circumstances there are talks on a wide variety of local history subjects going on all over the county more or less every weekday. During the Covid-19 lockdown period, all talks and other events were cancelled or postponed, and many groups have taken the decision to cancel the rest of their face-to-face programmes until September 2020, or even until January 2021. Some groups, however, are organising on-line talks, and these are proving very popular. They also have the advantage of being accessible to everyone, wherever you are in the world!

Talks which we know are happening are listed below. Note that a small charge for attending on-line may be made by the organisers.

For other events and exhibitions see this page.

August 2020

12thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Chris Finn “Imjin River & The Royal Artillery in The Korean War”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

 

From September onwards, check whether a specific face-to-face talk is happening by contacting the relevant organiser – details here. (On-line talks listed below are confirmed.)

September 2020

1stBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Stephen Barker “Hardit Singh Malik – The Flying Sikh in the RFC 1917–19”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

1stHook Norton – Sean Callery “Offbeat Cotswolds”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

9thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Paul Beaver “Taranto – The Sinking of the Italian Fleet”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

10thBanbury – Helen J. Wass “People Time Place: historic environment on HS2”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

16thBloxham – Timothy Walker “The history of the Oxford Botanic Garden”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing ian_myson@hotmail.com

17thSibfords – Tim Huckvale “The Reverend Stevens’ Diaries”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

17thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Mark Davies “Oxford Castle in the 17th and 18th centuries – crimes, escapes and punishments”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Sue Matthews, suematt@waitrose.com, to confirm.

17thWychwoods – Tim Marshall “Quaker clocks and the Milton-under-Wychwood connection”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm. TBC – contact Roger Watts, rogerw@bfocus.co.uk, to confirm.

21st – Goring Gap – Richard Fortey “History of a Chilterns beech wood”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Clive Bidwell, clivebidwell@outlook.com, to confirm.

21stRadley – Martin Buckland “The Wilts and Berks Canal: Past, Present and Future”. On-line talk, 7:30pm. TBC – check Radley History Club’s website.

24thKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Stephen Tomkins “The Mayflower”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28th – Cumnor – Clare Sargent “The History of Radley College”. The Old School, 7:30pm.

28thOxfordshire Family History Society – Richard Martin “Half the Wealth of England…”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm, or on-line if the hall is still closed – check by e-mailing Christopher Fance, meetings@ofhs.org.uk

October 2020

6thHenley on Thames – Jill Eyers “The Chilterns at work”. Kings Arms Barn, 7:45pm.

6thHook Norton – Pam Manix “Oxford’s Jewish Heritage”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

8thBanbury – Liz Woolley “Kingerlee: the family and the building firm since 1868”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

6thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Kate Vigurs “The Women of SOE – A cool and lonely courage”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

8thWootton & Dry Sandford – Simon Wenham “A crystal vision of Victorian Britain – the Great Exhibition of 1851”. Community Centre, Wootton, 7:30pm.

14thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Robin Brodhurst “The Dover Patrol WW1”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

15thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Stephen Barker “Saints & Sinners – Oxfordshire characters from the British Civil War”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Sue Matthews, suematt@waitrose.com, to confirm.

15thWychwoods – David Beaumont “The Battle of Edge Hill”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm. TBC – contact Roger Watts, rogerw@bfocus.co.uk, to confirm.

16thFinstock – “Women of Finstock in the inter-war years”. Finstock Village Hall, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Mike Breakell, mjbreakell@aol.com, to confirm.

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. TBC – contact Clive Bidwell, clivebidwell@outlook.com, to confirm.

21stBloxham – Henry Warriner “Doreen Warriner’s War”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing ian_myson@hotmail.com

22ndKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Tim Healey “Apples: The Myth and Mystery of England’s Favourite Fruit”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

26th – Cumnor – Liz Woolley “Victorian and Edwardian industrial buildings of Oxford”. The Old School, 7:30pm.

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, or on-line if the hall is still closed – check by e-mailing Christopher Fance, meetings@ofhs.org.uk

November 2020

3rdBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote)– Patrick Mercer “Operation Olive – Cracking the Gothic Line, Sep 1944”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

3rdHenley on Thames – Michael Fulford “The Silchester excavation”. Kings Arms Barn, 7:45pm.

3rdHook Norton – Gary Lock “Hill Forts of Oxfordshire”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

11thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Liz Woolley “No Other Way: Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War, 1936–39”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

12thBanbury – Chris Day “Oxfordshire’s Own Pooh-Bah: Thomas Walker, Man of Everyone’s Business”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

12thWootton & Dry Sandford – Liz Woolley “The common lodging-house in Victorian England”. Community Centre, Wootton, 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. TBC – contact Clive Bidwell, clivebidwell@outlook.com, to confirm.

19th – Whitchurch & Goring Heath – Peter Hawley “Two local women poets of the First World War”.  Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Sue Matthews, suematt@waitrose.com, to confirm.

19thWychwoods – Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm. TBC – contact Roger Watts, rogerw@bfocus.co.uk, to confirm.

20thFinstock – Keith Wetscott “The Broughton Castle hoard and the great courtyard villa”. Finstock Village Hall, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Mike Breakell, mjbreakell@aol.com, to confirm.

23rdOxfordshire Family History Society – Tim Healey “A 17th-century Christmas”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Christopher Fance, meetings@ofhs.org.uk, to confirm.

26thKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Michael Shackleton “The History of Cuba”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

30th – Cumnor – Martin Way “Glimmer in the Dark”. The Old School, 7:30pm.

December 2020

1stBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Paul Johnson “Disgraceful Conduct – The Murder of British Troops in WW1 & WW2”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

1stHenley on Thames – Tim Healey “A 17th-century Christmas”. Kings Arms Barn, 7:45pm.

1stHook Norton – Liz Woolley “The Suburbs of Oxford”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

9th – British Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Simon Jones “Underground Warfare in WW1”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

10thBanbury – Stephen Wass “Voyages to the House of Diversion: Garden Urns and the Destruction of the Seventeenth-century Gardens at Hanwell Castle, Oxfordshire”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

21st – Goring Gap – Alan Winchcomb “The Swinging ’60s”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm. TBC – contact Clive Bidwell, clivebidwell@outlook.com, to confirm.

January 2021

5thHook Norton – Tom Crook – “The Great Stink: The Victorian battle against dirt!”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

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.

14thBanbury – Wendy Morrison “Beacons of the Past – investigating a prehistoric Chilterns landscape”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

14thWootton & Dry Sandford – Victoria Bentata “Oxford’s Jewish Heritage”. Community Centre, Wootton, 7:30pm.

21st – Wychwoods – Simon Batten “The Prebendal”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

28thKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Annette Mayer “Ireland: The Great Famine 1845-50”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

February 2021

2ndHook Norton – Frances Kerner “What is Common Land?”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

10thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Stephen Bungay “Alamein”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

11thBanbury – Steve Kershaw “The Creation of the Barbarians”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

18thWootton & Dry Sandford – Bill King “The Home Front in WW2”. Community Centre, Wootton, 7:30pm.

18thWychwoods – Martin Buckland “The Wilts and Bucks Canal: Past, Present and Future”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

25thKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Alastair Lack “The Architecture of Oxford University”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

March 2021

2ndHook Norton – Martin Fiennes, subject TBA”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

10thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Clare Mulley “The Women Who Flew for Hitler”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

11thBanbury – Toby Purser “Conquered England: the Norman Conquest and the end of the Anglo-Saxon state”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

11thWootton & Dry Sandford– Tim Healey “Apples! The Myth and Mystery of England’s Favourite Fruit”. Community Centre, Wootton, 7:30pm.

17thHarwell – Marie-Louise Kerr “Oxfordshire Blue Plaques”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18thWychwoods – Tom Shannon “The Journey from Afghanistan”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

25th – Kirtlington & Bletchingdon – James McDougall “The Middle East 1918-48”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

April 2021

6thHook Norton – Rowena Archer “The Rise and Rise of Alice Chaucer”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

8thBanbury – 75th anniversary showing of  “24 Square Miles”, the 1946 film about the survey of the area between Banbury and Chipping Norton”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams. For further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

14thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Dilip Sarkar “I Knew the Few – The Battle of Britain Pilots”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15thWootton & Dry Sandford – AGM, plus Philip Candy “A Tapestry of Life – James Candy”. Community Centre, Wootton, 7:30pm.

15thWychwoods – David Innes “Capt Ralph Kite MC, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

21st Harwell – Sally Spencer “Anglo-Saxon garnet jewellery”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

26thOxfordshire Family History Society – John Frearson “Opening the Dore”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm. TBC – contact Christopher Fance, meetings@ofhs.org.uk, to confirm.

May 2021

4thHook Norton – AGM followed by Paul Clark “The Historic Buildings of Hook Norton”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

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.

19thHarwell – Tom Crook  “The Great Stink! Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian battle against dirt”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

20thWychwoods – AGM and Julie Ann Godson “Oxfordshire in the Past”. Milton-under-Wychwood 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.

September 2021

16thHarwell – Eric Jenkins “Harwell through the camera lens”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

October 2021

20th Harwell – Charles East “The Kennet and Avon Canal, past and present”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

November 2021

17th Harwell – Jane M Card “The Great Fire of Harwell, 1852” (to be confirmed). Village Hall, 7:30pm.

December 2021

15th Harwell – Adam Sloman “The History of MG cars at Abingdon”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

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