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 initial Covid-19 lockdown period, all talks and other events were cancelled or postponed, and many groups took 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.

Check whether a specific face-to-face talk is happening by contacting the relevant organiser – details here. (On-line talks listed below are confirmed as far as we know.)

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 – Michael Redley “Public Health and the Growth of Henley in the Late Nineteenth Century”. On-line talk, 7:45pm, register by e-mailing HenArchAndHistGrp@gmail.com

2ndFriends of the Oxfordshire Museum – Alice Foster  “1,500 years of the Christmas Story in Art”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing contact@FriendsOfTom.org.uk

3rdCharlbury – Barbara Allison “Researching the History of Charlbury’s Buildings”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing susanmerry2@gmail.com

7thAdderbury – Liz Woolley “Children’s experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing philandbmansell@hotmail.com

8thOxfordshire Architectural And Historical Society (OAHS) – Geoffrey Tyack “William Butterfield in Oxfordshire”. On-line talk, 5:30pm, register at https://oahs.org.uk/lectures.php (OAHS members only).

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”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing Simon Townsend, simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

12thAbingdon – Martin Buckland “Canal People”. On-line-talk, 7:45pm, members only.

14thRadley – Victoria Bentata “Einstein and the Scholar Refugees of Oxford”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, for registration see the club website  www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk

January 2021

6thFriends of the Oxfordshire Museum – Marie-Louise Kerr “The Oxford Struggle to Develop Penicillin in World War II”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing contact@FriendsOfTom.org.uk

7thCharlbury – Clare Shakya “Climate Ambition in the time of Covid-19”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing susanmerry2@gmail.com

11thRadley – Hubert Zawadzki “The Land of the White Eagle”. Not available online, refer to club website www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk for arrangements near the time.

11thWeston-on-the-Green – Liz Woolley “Beer, sausages and marmalade: Food, drink, politics and tourism in 19th-century Oxford”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing gblmb@btinternet.com

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.

18thAdderbury – Simon Wenham “The rise and fall of pleasure boating on the Thames”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing philandbmansell@hotmail.com

18thGoring Gap – Ian Keable “The History of Cartoons from William Hogarth to Private Eye”. On-line talk, 2:30pm, register by e-mailing paulinefromgoring@gmail.com

21stAbingdon – Ian Wheeler “The Fairmile Hospital”. On-line-talk, 7:45, members only.

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

25thCumnor – Simon Wenham “Power and personalities – politics in Victorian and Edwardian oxford”. Cumnor Old School, 7:30pm.

28thKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Marie-Louise Kerr “Oxford’s Penicillin”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing shackletonuk@gmail.com

February 2021

4thCharlbury – Janet Dickinson “Courting Elizabeth:  The Ditchley Portrait and the Cult of the Virgin Queen in late Elizabethan England”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing susanmerry2@gmail.com

8thRadley – Liz Woolley “Kingerlee, the building firm and family”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, for registration see the club website  www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk

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

15thAdderbury – Carol Anderson “Over the Hills to glory; the story of the Ascott Martyrs”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing philandbmansell@hotmail.com

15thGoring Gap – Nicola Tallis “Elizabeth’s Rival – The tumultuous tale of Lettice Knollys”. On-line talk, 2:30pm, register by e-mailing paulinefromgoring@gmail.com

17thEnstone – Carol Hardy “The impact of WW1 and WW2 on Waddesdon Manor”. Contact johnch.pritchard@tiscali.co.uk to check details.

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.

22ndCumnor – Katie Hambrook “Field and place names in East Oxford, and some in Cumnor”. Cumnor Old School, 7:30pm.

25thKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Alastair Lack “The Architecture of Oxford University”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing shackletonuk@gmail.com

March 2021

4thCharlbury – Stephen Barker “Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil War 1642-46”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing susanmerry2@gmail.com

8thRadley – Simon Wenham “Living the Lexicon, James Murray and the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, for registration see the club website  www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk

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.

15thAdderbury – Stephen Dawson “The Work of the Oxford Preservation Trust”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing philandbmansell@hotmail.com

15thGoring Gap – Bill King “The Upper Thames Patrol – the waterborne Home Guard of the River Thames”. On-line talk, 2:30pm, register by e-mailing paulinefromgoring@gmail.com

16th Enstone – Caroline Barron “Women in Medieval London”. Contact johnch.pritchard@tiscali.co.uk to check details.

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”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing shackletonuk@gmail.com

29thCumnor – Neil Clennell “The Wychwood Project – towards a wilder Wychwood”. Cumnor Old School, 7:30pm.

April 2021

1stCharlbury – Carol Anderson “Over the Hills to Glory:  The Story of the Ascott Martyrs”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing susanmerry2@gmail.com

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

12thRadley – Tim Healey “Pagans and Puritans, The story of May morning in Oxford”. St James Church, 7:30pm.

13thEnstone – Frank Prochaska “The feminisation of the Monarchy”. Contact johnch.pritchard@tiscali.co.uk to check details.

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.

19thGoring Gap – Marie-Louise Kerr “Oxford’s Penicillin”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing paulinefromgoring@gmail.com

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

26th Cumnor – AGM, plus Alan Copeland “Curiosities in the Cotswols – part 2”. Cumnor Old School, 7:30pm.

26th – Oxfordshire 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

6thCharlbury – Rhona & Simon Walker “Cottages and churches; markets and mission halls – Corrugated iron from catalogues”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing susanmerry2@gmail.com

10thRadley – Alastair Lack “The Oxford of Inspector Morse”. St James Church, 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.

17thGoring Gap – Liz Woolley “A History of Brewing in Oxford”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, register by e-mailing paulinefromgoring@gmail.com

19thEnstone – ffiona Perigrinor “A Medieval Pilgrim”. Contact johnch.pritchard@tiscali.co.uk to check details.

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

20thAbingdon – Liz Woolley – “The Coming of the Railway to Oxford”. On-line-talk, 7:45, members only.

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.

14thRadley – Nic Vanderpeet “Spitfires over Oxfordshire and the D-day Landings”. St James Church, 7:30pm.

July 2021

12thRadley – Tom Crook “The Great Stink! Engineers and Sewerage Systems”. St James Church, 7:30pm.

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

13thRadley – AGM followed by “Radley Remembered – a presentation of memories of Radley to 1953”. St James Church, 7:30pm.

15thHarwell – Eric Jenkins “Harwell through the camera lens”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thWychwoods – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire during the Second World War”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

October 2021

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

21stWychwoods – David Young “Primitive Methodism”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

November 2021

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

18thWychwoods – Juliet Heslewood “William Morris and the Cotswolds”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

22ndOxfordshire Family History Society – Tim Healey “A 17th-Century Christmas”. Exeter Hall, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

December 2021

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

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