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.

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.)

October 2020

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

6thHenley on Thames – Jill Eyers “The Chilterns at work”. On-line talk, 7:45pm, register by e-mailing HenArchAndHistGrp@gmail.com

8thBanbury – Liz Woolley “Kingerlee: the family and the building firm since 1868”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing Simon Townsend, simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

12thRadley – Mark Davis “Pre–Raphaelites in Oxfordshire, Artists in Wonderland”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, for registration see the club website  www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk

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 – Liz Woolley “Olive Gibbs, Oxford politician and peace campaigner”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing Roger Watts, rogerw@bfocus.co.uk

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

22ndKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Annette Mayer “Understanding the Irish Famine”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing shackletonuk@gmail.com

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”. On-line talk, 7:45pm, register by e-mailing HenArchAndHistGrp@gmail.com

9thRadley – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in the Second World War”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, for registration see the club website  www.radleyhistoryclub.org.uk

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

12thWootton & Dry Sandford – Liz Woolley “The common lodging-house in Victorian England”. Community Centre, Wootton, 7:30pm.

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 – David Beaumont “TThe Battle of Edge Hill”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing Roger Watts, rogerw@bfocus.co.uk

26thKirtlington & Bletchingdon – Michael Shackleton “The History of Cuba”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing shackletonuk@gmail.com

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”. 7:45pm, check venue by e-mailing HenArchAndHistGrp@gmail.com

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

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

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

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”. 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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