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.

June 2019

24thLaunton – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

24thMiddleton Cheney – Bill King “On Two Wheels – the History of the Bicycle”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

24th Oxfordshire Family History Society – AGM followed by Sue Honoré “The Oxfordshire Surname Project”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

25thKidlington – AGM plus Simon Wenham “The Pursuit of Pleasure: Victorian & Edwardian leisure”. Willow Tree Café, Moorside Place, The Moors, 7:30pm.

27thCowley – Annie Skinner “Accessing health care in the nineteenth century”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 6:45pm.

July 2019

3rdBritish Modern Military History Society – Philip K Allan “The Wooden World – life in navy in the times of Nelson”. Crowmarsh Gifford (contact info@bmmhs.org for venue), 7:30pm.

8thRadley – Ciaran Walsh “The Otmoor riots in a wider context”. Primary School, Church Road, 7:30pm.

8thWeston on the Green – AGM followed by Jamie Norris “Thatching”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

9thThame – Victoria Bentata Azaz “Oxford in the history of medicine”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

10thWallingford – Tim Porter “John Leland – A Tudor traveller and what he saw”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

15thAdderbury – Deborah Hayter “Harvest Rituals”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

15th – Bicester – Julie Ann Godson “1066: Oxfordshire and the Norman Conquest”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

17thVale of White Horse Industrial Archaeology Group – Paul Joyce “London Underground by Design”. Denchworth Village Hall, 7:30pm.

22ndMiddleton Cheney – Julie Godson “Scandal in High Society”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

22ndOxfordshire Family History Society – Rebecca Probert  “Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved – Interpreting Your Ancestors’ Second (and Subsequent!) Marriages”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

25thAston – Muriel Pilkington “The Lost Villages of Oxfordshire”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:00pm.

29thLaunton – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in World War II”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

30thKidlington – Martin Greenwood “The Roaring Twenties”. Willow Tree Café, Moorside Place, The Moors, 7:50pm.

31stCowley – Dick Wolff “The history of Temple Cowley Church in the community”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 6:45pm.

September 2019

9thChipping Norton – Mike Hurst “Getting around in the 1960s”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

9thRadley – Mark Davies “Stories of Oxford Castle: 17th and 18th century crimes, escapes and punishments”. Primary School, Church Road, 7:30pm.

10thMarcham – AGM and Brian Gower “Two Hats”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

10thThame – Paul Barnet “Route on the Riviera – The Slapton Sands Disaster”. Church Barns, Church Road, 7:30pm.

11thWallingford – Paul Booth “Latest thinking on Roman Dorchester-on-Thames: from origins to demise”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

11thSoldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Brigadier General De Vere Hayes “The Red Fox of Colditz”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, 6:45pm, £10. Booking here.

12thWeston on the Green – Tony Crabtree “Bellringing”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

12thWootton & Dry Sandford – Laurence Brockliss “The Death of Nelson: Fact or Fiction”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

16thAdderbury – Maggie Black “From local committee to international organisation: Oxfam’s extraordinary journey”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

16th – Bicester – AGM and Bob Hessian “Local Archaeology”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

16thGoring Gap – Graham Twemlow “The golden age of posters in Britain”. Goring Village Hall, 8:00pm.

16thKennington – Clare Sargent “Radley College archives”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

18thHarwell – Malcolm Thick “Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Recipe Books: writing for and by women”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18thLittlemore – Mike Stimpson “George Brown: Littlemore’s sporting hero!” Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

19thSibfords – Martin Sirot-Smith “Sulgrave Manor and the Washington Family”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

19thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Ed Peveler “Beacons of the Past – The Chiltern LIDAR project”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

19thWychwoods – Tom Shannon “Mutiny: a Family Story of Death, Rebellion and Survival”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

20thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Helen Langley “Cliveden and Ditchley: A case of relative values?”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

23rdMiddleton Cheney – Mike Gibbons “RAF Chipping Warden and the story of the Huts”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

23rdOxfordshire Family History Society – Tom Doig “The Victorian Way of Death” Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

24thEnstone – George Huxley “Sappho and Aeolian Aristocracy”. 7:30pm; contact Carol Geare, carolawt@gmail.com, 01608 677246, for venue.

24thWheatley – Liz Woolley “Beer, Sausages & Marmalade: food, drink, politics and tourism in C19 Oxford”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

25thBritish Modern Military History Society – Helen Fry “The Walls Have Ears: The Greatest Intelligence Operation of World War 2”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

25thCowley – Katherine Bradley “Votes for women”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 6:45pm.

25thDorchester – Mark Davies “Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge boat races”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

26thAston – Paul Barnett “Dunkirk”s Little Ships”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:00pm.

30thLaunton – Michael Heaney “An Oxford antiquarian’s part in Oxfordshire history”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

October 2019

1stHenley – Nicola Tallis “Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

8thMarcham – Andy Robertson “Aspects of Hanney History, Part 2”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

8thThame – Julia Bailey “Nursing in the 1950s”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

9th – Wallingford – Gerry Thacker “Recent excavations at Slade End, Wallingford”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

10thWootton & Dry Sandford – Martin Buckland “The Wilts & Berks Canal: Past Present & Future”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

14thChipping Norton – Judith Ellis “‘The Howse which was so Faire’: Discovering Old Campden House and Gardens”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

16thBritish Modern Military History Society – John Buckley “British Airborne Landing at Arnhem in 1944 – Myth and Reality”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thHarwell – Charles East “The Kennet and Avon Canal, Past and Present”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thLittlemore – Buffy McClelland “Farming: The rural history of Littlemore”. Giles Road Community Centre, 7:30pm.

16thWolvercote – AGM followed by Barbara Dennis “Alice’s (further) Adventures in Wonderland?”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17th – Longworth – Tim Healey “The Green Man”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17thSibfords – Colin Hill “The Barn Well Hill Railway”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

17thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Simon Draper “The Victoria County History’s research on Whitchurch Parish”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

17thWychwoods – Carol Anderson “Ascott Martyrs”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

18thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Ottoline Leyser “Thinking like a vegetable: How plants think what to do”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

21stAdderbury – Bill King “Yesterday’s Runways”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

21st – Bicester – Liz Woolley “Oxford’s base & brickish skirt: the development of the suburbs 1850-1914”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

21stKennington – Julie Ann Godson “Our Boys 1914-1918: who were the fallen of one Oxfordshire valley?” Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

22ndEnstone – Stephen Goss “Oxfordshire historic churches”. 7:30pm; contact Carol Geare, carolawt@gmail.com, 01608 677246, for venue.

23rd Dorchester – Malcolm Airs “William and Jessie Macfarlane and their Mission for Dorchester”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28thLaunton – Peter Barrington “Edward Lear – limericks and art”. Grange Farm Mews, Station Road, 7:45pm.

28thMiddleton Cheney – Tim Healey “Apples! The Myth & Mystery of England’s Favourite Fruit”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

28thOxfordshire Family History Society – Kathy Chater “Coroners’ Inquests”. Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

30thCowley – John Stewart “The history of Littlemore Hospital”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 6:45pm.

31stAston – Maria Ruiz “Early Oxford”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:00pm.

November 2019

5thHenley –  Lindsey Bedford “Boxford Villa and its Mosaic”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

11th Chipping Norton – Liz Woolley “‘Oxfords Base and Brickish Skirt’: The development of Oxford’s Suburbs 1850 – 1914”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

11thWeston on the Green – Tim Healey “A 17th Century Christmas”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

12thThame – Martin Attridge “Guy Fawkes”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

13thBritish Modern Military History Society – Gordon Risius “A Remarkable Murder Court Martial”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

13thWallingford – Richard Oram “Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Wallingford and its Environs”. St Mary’s Church, Market Place, 8:00pm.

13thSoldiers of Oxfordshire Trust – Dick Richards “The Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission”. Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock, 6:45pm, £10. Booking here.

14thWootton & Dry Sandford – Mike Hurst “Old Time Christmas”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

15thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Roderick Floud “Purchasing Paradise: The money that financed the great gardens”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

18thAdderbury – Richard Westcott “Confessions of a Pantomime Dame”. Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, 7:30pm.

18th – Bicester – Matthew Hathaway “World War One in Bicester”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

18thKennington – Graham Horn “Anniversaries 2018”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

20thHarwell – Patricia Cooke “The Art of the Agricultural Smock”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21st – Longworth – Bill King “Poppy: symbol of remembrance”. St John the Baptist Church, Kingston Bagpuize, 7:30pm.

21stSibfords – “The Broughton Hoard”. Sibford Gower Village Hall, 8:00pm.

21stWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Mike Hurst “Old time Christmas”. Goring Heath Parish Hall, 8:00pm.

21stWychwoods – Michael Davies “The United Nations”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

25thMiddleton Cheney – Keith Westcott “The Discovery of a Roman Villa at Broughton”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

26thWheatley – Michael Heaton “Farms, farmhouses and farmers in Wheatley”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

27thCowley – Carole Newbigging “The Changing Faces of Cowley”. The Venue, 242b Barns Road (opposite Templars Square Shopping Centre), 6:45pm.

27th Dorchester – Tim Healy “A 17th-Century Christmas”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28thAston – Tim Healey “A 17th-Century Christmas”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:00pm.

28thOxfordshire Family History Society – Nick Millea “From Agas to Ordnance Survey: Oxford’s changing townscape in old maps and new” Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, 8:00pm.

29th – South Stoke – John Leighfield “The History of the Development of Printed Maps of Oxfordshire”. South Stoke Village Hall, 8:00pm.

December 2019

6thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Christmas party followed by Fiona Stafford “The long, long life of trees – and the brief lives of flowers”. Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, 7:00pm.

9th Chipping Norton – Kevin Heritage “Holton Park”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

11th British Modern Military History Society – David Ray “Colditz Castle 1940-1945”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thKennington – Tim Healey “A 17th century Christmas”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

16thMiddleton Cheney – Kevin Varty “Away with the Fairies: A true and fascinating story”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

January 2020

7thWheatley – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire in the Civil Wars 1642-1650”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

9thWootton & Dry Sandford – Bill King “The Magic & Mystery of Glenn Miller”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

13th Weston on the Green – Nigel Lambert “The Otmoor Riots”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

14thMarcham – Peter Steere “The League of Beleaguered Gentlemen – Comparing the impact of three Medical Officers of Health on the health of Berkshire residents in the late 19th century”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

15thBritish Modern Military History Society – David Drew “Air-to-Air refuelling during the Falklands Campaign and for the period 1982-84”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15thHarwell – Andrew Manning “Just a beginning? The Grove Road Iron Age settlement and its hidden human face”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – Peter Hawley “Women poets of the First World War”. Venue tbc, 8:00pm.

16thWychwoods – David Innes “Oxfordshire’s Military History”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

20thKennington – Anni Byard “The Portable Antiquities Scheme”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

27thMiddleton Cheney – Rosy Burke “The Ally: The closure of the aluminium factory in Banbury”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

February 2020

4thWheatley – Deborah Hayter “The Lost Villages of Oxfordshire”. Merry Bells Village Hall, 8:00pm.

5thBritish Modern Military History Society – Robert Dicketts “Agent Celery, Our Man in Hamburg – a true spy story of World War 2”. Woodcote Village Hall, 7:30pm.

10th Chipping Norton – Nicholas Russell “Coombe – The Mill at Evenlode”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

11thMarcham – Roger Wyatt “Birds and Wildlife of Withymead and Beyond”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

13thWootton & Dry Sandford – Tim Healey “Drovers Roads in Oxfordshire & Beyond”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

20thWhitchurch & Goring Heath – AGM followed by Mark Davies “James Sadler, the Oxford balloonist”. Venue tbc, 8:00pm.

20thWychwoods – Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

24thMiddleton Cheney – AGM followed by Brian Little “The Changing Face of Banbury”. All Saints Church, 7:30 pm.

27thAston – John Caldecott “Daisy”s Story”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:00pm.

March 2020

9th  Chipping Norton – AGM followed by Mark Davies “Oxford’s Historic Waterways”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

10thMarcham – Liz Woolley “The Development of Oxford’s Suburbs 1850-1914”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

12thWootton & Dry Sandford – Robert Foster “The Story of the Mary Rose”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

18thHarwell – Jane Card “Does this picture tell a true story? Using artworks as historical evidence”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

19thWychwoods – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire during the Second World War”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

26thAston – Julian Sayers “The Guilds”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:00pm.

April 2020

6th – Chipping Norton – Alistair Lack “CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

14thMarcham – Martin Buckland “Canal Restoration: Benefits to Wildlife and the Environment”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

15thHarwell – Dr Katherine Watson “Crime, Medicine and Science in History”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

16thWychwoods – Cedric Reavley “Pharmacist and Family History in Burford”. Milton-under-Wychwood village hall, 7:30pm.

May 2020

11th Chipping Norton – Tom Crook “The Great Stink: Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian Battle against dirt”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

12thMarcham – Julie Ann Godson “Memories of the Vale: a lost way of life before the railways came to the countryside”. All Saint’s Church, 7:45pm.

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