Details of illustrated talks

Click on the title of a talk below to find out who gives it, how much they charge and their contact details. Please note that inclusion in this list does not signify OLHA’s recommendation.

100 Radley objects

1066: Oxfordshire’s part in the Norman Conquest – a light-hearted romp

1909 Strike at Ruskin College: The Plebs League, the Great Unrest and Independent Working-Class Education

1940s boy scouts: how they were recruited into Churchill’s secret army

1940s girl guides: a forgotten army of 750,000

350 years of glasshouses at the Oxford Botanic Garden

600 years of Morris dancing in 60 minutes

A 17th-century Christmas

A crystal vision of Victorian Britain: the Great Exhibition of 1851

A guides’ guide: Working in historic houses in the 21st century

A literary tour of Oxford(shire) waterways

A short history of the GWR Abingdon Branch

A walk along the Thames Path from the source near Cirencester towards Oxford

A way with water: Farnborough Hall and the development of a Georgian estate

A Victorian Christmas

Abingdon Abbey’s deer park and Radley Large Wood

Alice’s adventures in Oxford: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames

Alice and the Dodo in Oxford

All that glitters: Woodstock’s cut steel industry

Always Ready, Always Willing: The story of fires and firefighting in the city of Oxford from 879 to 1974

Apples! The myth and mystery of England’s favourite fruit

Archaeology of Stowe Landscape Garden

Architecture of Oxford University

Armistice 1918 and After: Some Local Perspectives

Artists in Wonderland: the Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford

Astrop Spa – the history of

Beacons of the past – help uncover the archaeology of the Chilterns from the comfort of your own home

Beating the ancient bounds of Oxford city: memorable moments from the last 500 years

Beer, sausages and marmalade: Oxford food and drink in the 19th century

Brewing in Oxford

Bridging the Gap – Goring and Streatley through the ages

Brome and Whorwood families of Holton Park: recusants and royalists

Can onions cure earache? Medical advice from the 1700s

Canal history: the world to Wiltshire, from 520BC to the present day

Canal people: the very many people who can be described as such

Canal restoration: benefits to wildlife and the environment

Capability Brown at Radley: rediscovering a lost landscape

Cemeteries of Oxford – More than a century of history

Child labour in 19th-century Oxfordshire

Children and war: children’s experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire

Cholsey Miscellany

Christ Church, Oxford: tracing the development of the college through over 400 years of national, academic and architectural history

City of Oxford during the Civil War, 1642-46

Common right – private property: how enclosure shaped the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire landscape

Conscientious objectors in First World War Oxfordshire

Cotswolds Cornucopia: a whirlwind tour taking in sites and stories, landmarks and surprises

Cowley Road, in the context of the social history of East Oxford (n.b. this is a guided walk, but it can be offered as a virtual tour, via zoom or other on-line platform)

Creative Women – the history of women involved in the Arts and Crafts Movement in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds (including Jane and May Morris)

Crime and punishment in Victorian Britain

Cropredy: developing the archaeology of a village

CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein

Dad’s underground army: the Auxiliary Units of the British Resistance Organisation

Daniel ‘Damnable’ Harris: Oxford Castle gaoler extraordinaire

Deserted settlements of Radley

Disaster Waiting – The Severn Bridge Disaster

Drovers’ roads in Oxfordshire and Beyond

Early women professional gardeners, including the founders of Waterperry

Edwardians on the move

Einstein and the Refugee Scholars in Oxford

Elizabeth Wisdom(e): The Chipping Norton Murderess?

Fair Mile Hospital: a quick overview

Famous Local Folk: the people behind the blue plaques of South Oxfordshire

Fight against fascism in Oxford

Five generations at Fair Mile Hospital

Food of the Gods: Adventures in chocolate

Fore and Aft – The Purton Ship Graveyard

From assembly rooms to public toilets: The uses and abuses of spa architecture

From Axtell to Zacharias: the men who built Oxford

Further Tales from the Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR) Project

Get your kicks on … the A40: a ride across England, through Oxfordshire, to Wales, and how the A40 links Egypt, France, and Spain

Getting around in the 1960s

Glenn Miller: the magic and the mystery

Glimpses of the Other Oxford through the Eyes of a Victorian Mission

Glove-making in Oxfordshire

Goring: an Oxfordshire Village in the 1960s

Goring & Streatley’s Hall of Fame

Goring’s Wonderful Railway

Green Man trail in Oxfordshire

Harcourt Arboretum: the first 50 years

Hardit Singh Malik – The Flying Sikh

Harvest rituals

History of Oxford University

Holton Park: an estate and family through the lens of the 1890s

Holton Park: from medieval manor to secondary academy – 1,000 years of change and continuity

How many architects named Gilbert Scott do you know?

How the brownies helped win World War II, including their secret work for MI9

How the English fell in love coffee

How the English fell in love with tea

Impact of the First World War on Oxford’s women’s lives

In Defence of the Drift – A Gloster Boy Abroad

Indian Army during the First World War: an Oxf and Bucks Light Infantry Perspective

Industrial archaeology in your garage, shed and attic

Influential 20th-century women gardeners and designers in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds (including Norah Lindsey and Rosemary Verey)

James Sadler and me: how the first Englishman to fly enabled me to overcome lifelong height anxiety

James Sadler, Oxford pastry cook and the first English aeronaut

Jericho: Oxford’s first industrial suburb, from cholera epidemics to gentrification (n.b. this is a guided walk, but it can be offered as a virtual tour, via zoom or other on-line platform)

John Taylor the Waterpoet: mad, sad, glad and bad Civil War Oxford

Kidlington in the Great War: The lost soldiers’ stories and remembrance in an Oxfordshire village

Kingerlee: the family and the building firm

Leisure and entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford

Licensed to Vote – the impact of the 1918 Representation of the People Act on Oxford/Oxfordshire women (including the suffragists and suffragettes)

Light in the Darkest Hour – Dunkirk’s Little Ships

Literary Oxford

Lives of Local Medieval Saints

Local history: how to do it!

Lord Nuffield’s great generosity to Oxford colleges

Lord’s – the home of cricket

Lost villages of Oxfordshire (or Northamptonshire / Warwickshire / Buckinghamshire)

Lydney’s Lost Fleet – The Lydney Ship Graveyard

Meet at Dawn, Unarmed: the Christmas Truce of 1914

Memories of the Vale: a lost way of life before the railways came to the countryside

More than three men in a boat: the rise and fall of pleasure boating on the Thames

Morris dancing [tailored to area where appropriate]

Morris’s motopolis: the motor works and the transformation of Oxford

My Gulf War (Operation Granby) – A look at life in HQ British Forces Middle East 1990/91

Nineteenth-century women travellers and explorers

No corsets! The aesthetic and rational dress movements come to Oxford

Northamptonshire and its hearth taxes

Not just Napoleon and Jane Austen: Lesser known weird and wonderful memories from 1815

Nuffield College’s “Island Site” in west Oxford

Old time Christmas

Olive Gibbs, local politician and peace campaigner

On this day in Oxfordshire: a true, historical story for every day of the year

On two wheels: the fascinating story of the bicycle

Otmoor Riots in a wider context

Our Boys 1914-1918: who were the fallen of one Oxfordshire valley?

Over the hills to glory: the story of the Ascott Martyrs

Oxf and Bucks on the Somme, 1916

Oxford Castle: 17th- and 18th-century crimes, escapes, and punishments

Oxford in the Civil War (a)

Oxford in the Civil War (b)

Oxford in the history of medicine

Oxford of Inspector Morse

Oxford Past and Present: Images from the Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR) Project

Oxford’s 400-year-old Botanic Garden: notable keepers, visitors and events

Oxford’s architecture

Oxford’s historic waterways: the Oxford Canal, the Thames and the Cherwell

Oxford’s Jewish heritage

Oxford’s Penicillin: the forgotten WW2 story of the development of penicillin by scientists in Oxford

Oxford Preservation Trust – opening doors all year round

Oxford: town & gown: a literary and historical overview

Oxfordshire at the Great Exhibition

Oxfordshire in the British Civil Wars 1642-51

Oxfordshire in the Second World War

Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39

Oxfordshire country houses

Oxfordshire Home Front, 1914-18

Oxfordshire on Canvas: how artists have captured the local area and been influenced by it

Oxfordshire’s Military Heritage – 43AD to the present day

Pagans & puritans – the story of May Morning in Oxford

Paradise lost and restored: 400 years of garden design in Oxfordshire

Peripatetic poor in the eighteenth century

Place-names, landscape and settlement in the Banbury region

Poor Law in the eighteenth century: the crisis in the parishes

Port to Port – A Historical Journey, the Length and Breadth of the Sharpness to Gloucester Canal

Portraits of two 18th-century gentlemen

Poverty, pestilence and public health in Victorian Britain

Power and personalities: politics in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford

‘Professors of Rowing’: the first Oxford-Cambridge boat races

Publicans and Builders: The Capels of Cumnor and Boars Hill

Radley gentry, yeomen and land

Radley Church and the Civil War

Radley: the thousand-year evolution of a manor

Radley timber framed buildings

RAF Brize Norton – Over 80 years of flying operations

Richard (Beau) Nash and the making of Bath Spa

Ridge and furrow – what’s it all about?

Remembrance after the Great War

Research at home using Oxfordshire libraries’ on-line resources

Romans of Oxfordshire

Rose Hill, Oxford: surprising contrasts and great historical interest

Rout on the Riviera – Exercise Tiger – The Slapton Sands Disaster

Ruskin College: the ‘ups and downs’, a history of the college

Ruthless Land Speculators in Early Nineteenth Century Oxford: Crews Dudley and George Kimber

Saints and sinners: Victorian and Edwardian religion in Oxfordshire

Salt in Prehistoric Britain

Saunders of the River – Sam E Saunders, boat builder of Goring, Streatley and founder of the Aviation Company Saunders Roe

Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire: selected tales of toffs in trouble

Sculls, skiffs and steamers: the history of Salter’s Steamers

Secret archaeology of the Chilterns – revealing our landscape’s history through LiDAR and citizen science

Seventeenth century village – who was in charge?

Sex, drink and death in the 17th century

Sharpness Scuppered Ships – The Sharpness Ship Graveyard

Shaw House: Berkshire’s hidden gem

Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil War, 1642-46

Spa towns: individual talks on Buxton, Bath, Bristol Hotwells, Harrogate, Cheltenham, Tunbridge Wells, and Leamington Spa

Stolen Lives: Individual tragedies of the Great War

‘Taking the waters’: The waxing and waning of the English spa

The Air Transport Auxiliary: unsung heroes of World War II

The Battle of Cropredy Bridge and the Oxfordshire Campaign

The Church in revolt? Conscientious objection, religion and the public in Oxford in 1916

The curious history of English prophets: Mother Shipton, Joanna Southcott and John Wroe

The ‘cold-footed brigade’ and the ‘local bigwigs’: Conscientious objectors and the First World War military service tribunals of Oxfordshire

The coming of the railway to Oxford

The common lodging-house in Victorian England

The contradictory nature of Oxford: 800 years of social struggle and radical scholarship (n.b. this is a guided walk, but it can be offered as a virtual tour, via zoom or other on-line platform)

The corruption of Parliament? MPs, money and public service in modern Britain

The elusive Lewis Carroll

The Friends’ [Quakers’] Ambulance Unit: Its humanitarian relief work across Europe in the First and Second World Wars

The gender agenda: the British suffrage movement

The Great Stink! Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian battle against dirt

The history of Oxford University

The history of Radley College: school, grounds and buildings

The history of the development of printed maps of Oxfordshire and of the adjoining counties

The Home Front in World War II

The invisible brick: revealed in language and literature, film and fiction, music and murder, in the local area and much more

‘The Joneses of Jesus’ and Oxford’s other Welsh connections

The man who who collected Oxfordshire: the antiquary Percy Manning

The parish of St Thomas the Martyr, West Oxford

The pursuit of pleasure: Victorian and Edwardian leisure

‘The Richest Man in Oxford’: James Ryman, Art Dealer and Picture Frame Maker

The river at war: why the Thames was such an important strategic feature in World War II

The Roman invasions, occupation and colonisation of Britain

The Upper Thames Patrol

The Upper Thames Patrol: the waterborne Home Guard of the River Thames

The US Ninth Air Force in the UK in World War II

The water gypsy: how a Thames fishergirl became a viscountess

‘Those goody-goody fellows’: The Quaker India Conciliation Group and Indian independence in the 1930s

Thousands of miles in the Rob Roy canoe: the life and times of John MacGregor

‘Three weeks in wet sheets’: Hydrotherapy in 19th-century England

Titanic Effort! – RMS Carpathia’s dash to save a stricken liner

Titanic: marvels, myths and the midlands – the world’s most famous ship and its surprising connections to the middle of England

Tom Carter of Marsh Baldon: the invisible collector

Town Lands: the story of Henley Workhouse

Tracks to the trenches

Transport in the Goring Gap – an illustrated history

Travels with Auntie: my life at the BBC World Service

Turning over Stones – Nun’s Acre, Goring and its architect Percy Stone

University of Oxford Botanic Garden: the first 100 years

University of Oxford Botanic Garden: the first 393 years

Unravelling the mysterious making of the Stonesfield Embroidery

Using Open Source LiDAR for archaeology – how to find, process, and understand the data

Victorian and Edwardian development of East Oxford

Victorian and Edwardian industrial buildings of Oxford

Victorian workhouse

Votes for women in Oxford (and/or Oxfordshire)

Voyages to the House of Diversion: Hanwell Castle and its Jacobean park

Wartime children

West Country defences in World War II

Where are the Boys? The first fateful day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916

William Castle: a notable Banbury eccentric and Morris Fool

Wilts & Berks Canal: past, present and future

Women in Air Force Blue

Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) in World War II: the largest female voluntary organisation ever (with references to the WI)

World War II rationing and cooking for victory: a fair share for all ( with demonstrations and tasting samples)

Wreckers’ Tales – Ship Breakers of the Severn

Wrecks to Relics – Purton’s Mulberry Blueprint

WWI memorials: public schools in the Great War

X marks the spot: ballot papers in Britain, France and the US, c. 1750-1950

Yesterday’s runways: airfields of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds

Z-A of Oxford: 1000 Years of History in 26 Letters – an entertaining talk about the city’s eccentric past