Exhibitions & events

May to SeptemberBlenheim Palace hosts a series of talks about the history of the palace and its inhabitants; each talk will be followed by afternoon tea. Topics include Lady Henrietta, 2nd Duchess of Marlborough; The Military Marlboroughs; and Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. Further information, dates and booking here.

Saturday 21 May: Levellers’ Day in Burford, with stalls, talks and other events, all of which are free. Further information here.

Saturday 4 June: As part of the Finstock Village Music Festival, the Finstock Local History Society will be displaying documents, photographs and maps from its archive in the village hall from 12 noon to 5pm. These will include a newly-acquired copy of Cornbury and the Forest of Wychwood by Vernon J Watney, published in 1910, and key documents from Tony Cooper’s recent research on the Great Prizefight at Whiteoak Green, 1846. Copies of the society’s most recent publication Two Wychwood Villages: Finstock Upon the Hill, and Fawler Down Derry will also be on sale.

Sunday 12 June: The Oxford Bottle Show will be at Exeter Hall in Kidlington, with over sixty stalls selling historic bottles, jars and other items, many relating to Oxfordshire breweries, chemists and provisions merchants. Further information here.

Saturday 6 August: The first Berkshire Heritage On-line Fair, hosted by the Berkshire Local History Association and the Berkshire Family History Society. The fair will cover Berkshire both before and after the 1974 boundary changes, so will be of interest to some areas which are now in Oxfordshire. Further details here. If you represent a local history society in former Berkshire, and would like a ‘stand’ at the fair, please register your interest by contacting Ann Smith by 30 May.

Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September: A Child Through Time, a weekend event exploring a child’s life through history, from the Romans to the Anglo Saxons, the Norman Conquest, the  Hundred Years War, Dissolution of the Monasteries, the English civil war, the industrial revolution and World War II evacuees. A hands-on exhibition over two days at the Hornton Pavilion, free entry.

Saturday 1 October, 10:00am – 4:00pm: Oxfordshire Family History Society’s Fair, The Marlborough School, Woodstock. Many resources and help available; other counties’ societies, plus sellers of books, maps and genealogy materials to help organise and store your research. Free entry and parking; food available. Further information from events@ofhs.uk or publicity@ofhs.uk.


If you know of any relevant events which could be advertised on this page, please send details to: membership@olha.org.uk

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