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.

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July 2017

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

27th – Aston – Duncan Brown “Biscuits and Bandages, the History of Blood Donation”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

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

August 2017

7th – Oxfordshire Family History Society – Peter Christian “The Future of Genealogy on the Internet”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 7:30pm.

13th – Chalgrove – Visit to the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading. 1.30pm.

29th – Kidlington – Martin Wainwright “Rotten Votes and Secret Gold: The Tale of Frank Grey MP of Shipton Manor”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

31st – Aston – An afternoon visit to the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock. Further details from aston.historygroup@hotmail.co.uk.

September 2017

4th – Chalgrove – Colin Oakes “The role of women in the First World War”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

4th – Weston on the Green – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”. Memorial Village Hall, 7:30pm.

5th – Hook Norton – Antonia Catchpole “Early Development in Chipping Norton”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6th – Otmoor – Brian Gilmour “In the footsteps of the Argonauts: Archaeological adventures in ancient Colchis (Western Georgia)”. Islip Village Hall, 8:00pm.

6th – The Oxfordshire Museum – Liz Woolley “The Common Lodging-House in Victorian England”. Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

11th – Chipping Norton – Amanda Ponsonby “The Sarsden Sheepwash”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 7:30pm.

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.

13th – Stanford in the Vale – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”. Village Hall, 7:45 pm.

14th – Banbury – Steven Parissien “Compton Verney: Past, Present and Future”. Banbury Museum, 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.

19th – Witney – Kate Hornbrook “Place and field names in East Oxford”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

20th – Bloxham – Sarah Morris “The travels of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in Oxfordshire”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

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

21st – Eysham – Mark Davies “Daniel Harris: gaoler, builder, engineer and architect”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 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 – Oxford Town Hall – Katherine Hughes “From South Wales to Oxford”. Part of the Journeys to Oxford project. The Old Museum, Oxford Town Hall, 2:00pm.

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 – Hanney – Jill Hind “The History of the Oxfordshire Water Supply”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

26th – Kidlington – Valerie Offord “Miss Jemima’s Excellent Adventure:The tale of the first Thomas Cook package tour”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

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.

28th – Aston – Liz Woolley “Beer, Sausages and Marmalade: Food, Politics and Tourism in 19th-century Oxford”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

October 2017

2nd – Chalgrove – Martin Bridge “The development of dendrochronology”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

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

3rd – Hook Norton – Katherine Bradley “No Corsets! The Aesthetic and Rational Dress Movements Come to Oxford”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

4th – Otmoor – Mark Davies “Destination Islip! The first ever flight by any Englishman: James Sadler, pastry cook and balloonist of Oxford”. Islip Village Hall, 8:00pm.

4th – The Oxfordshire Museum – Pam Manix “Updating Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter: New Digs, New Finds”. Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

5th – Eysham – Don Chapman “Wearing the trousers: fashion, freedom and the rise of the modern woman”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

9th – Chipping Norton – Julie Ann Godson “Scandal in Oxfordshire High Society”. Methodist Hall, West Street, 7:30pm.

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 – Banbury – Ben Ford “Westgate Oxford: initial results from Oxford’s largest excavation – a prehistoric floodplain, a medieval friary, civil war defences and Victorian terraces”. Banbury Museum, 7:30pm.

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

13th – Charlbury – The Challenge of Charlbury Development – A panel discussion. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

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 – Goring Gap – Stephen Barker “The Oxfordshire Home Front 1914-18”. Village Hall, 2.30pm.

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

17th – Iffley – Alastair Lack “The Mysterious Lewis Carroll”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm.

17th – Witney – Bob Heath-White “Medieval Wall Painting in Chalgrove Church”. Methodist Church, High Street, 7:30pm.

18th – Bloxham – Jim Smithson “The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and remembrance”. Jubilee Park Hall, Barley Close, 7:30pm.

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

19th – Eysham – Alan Ledger “Jane Austen and the Cotswolds”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 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.

24th – Hanney – Gary Lock “Living with the White Horse: Excavations at Ridgeway Hillforts”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

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 – Aston – Gillian White “Chatsworth and the Cavendish Family”. The Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 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.

31st – Kidlington – Timothy Walker “350 Years of Glasshouses at the Oxford Botanic Garden”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

November 2017

1st – Otmoor – Michael Heaney “Percy Manning – the man who collected Oxfordshire”. Islip Village Hall, 8:00pm.

1st – The Oxfordshire Museum – Anni Byard “Recent Discoveries from the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Oxfordshire”. Coach House, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 7:30pm.

2nd – Eysham – Ruth Buckley “Anglo-Saxon Oxford”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

3rd – Charlbury – Stephen Barker “The Oxfordshire Home Front 1914–18”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

6th – Chalgrove – Laszlo Graf “Oxford Military College – sandwiched between a school for middle class boys and the Bullnose motorcar”. John Hampden Hall, High Street, 7:45pm.

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

7th – Hook Norton – Don Ratcliffe “The Mad Houses of Hook Norton Revisited”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

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

9th – Banbury – Andrew Baxter “The Edgehill Light Railway”. Banbury Museum, 7:30pm.

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

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.

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 – 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 – Eysham – 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.

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.

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.

28th – Hanney – John Leighfield “Putting Hanney on the Map: from Gough to Google”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

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

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 – Eysham – 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.

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

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

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

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

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

January 2018

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.

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 – 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 – Eysham – 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.

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

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

26th – Kidlington – Peter Barrington “William Morris – Designer, Novelist and Explorer”. Moorside Place, off The Moors, 7:50pm.

February 2018

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

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

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.

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 – 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.

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.

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

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.

27th – Hanney – 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.

March 2018

1st – Eysham – 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 – Hook Norton – Ben Ford “The Westgate Excavations”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

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 – 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.

15th – Eysham – 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.

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

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.

27th – Hanney – Andrew Robertson “Hanney Parochial Magazines from 1870s to 1890s”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

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

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

April 2018

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

5th – Eysham – 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.

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

24th – Hanney – 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.

May 2018

1st – Hook Norton – AGM followed by Owen Green “William Smith, Father of Geology”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 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 – Wychwoods – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”.  Milton Village Hall, 7:30pm.

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.

June 2018

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

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

July 2018

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

September 2018

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.

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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