Exhibitions & events

Ongoing until Saturday 30 October: A new exhibition about the history of the parishes of St Thomas’s and St Ebbe’s in Oxford at the County Library, Westgate. St Thomas’s was home to Oxford’s breweries, to its boating and barge communities, and to those who built the railways. Neighbouring St Ebbe’s was the site of Oxford’s gasworks and its cattle market, and had more pubs per square yard than any other part of the city. Despite post-war clearances, a surprising number of historic buildings remain to remind us of this rich heritage.

Wednesdays, 13 October to 10 November: Open afternoons at the Oxfordshire Museum Resource Centre near Standlake. Discover the stories behind the objects in the collections, and see some of the exciting items recently acquired. Book your free behind-the-scenes tour here.

Saturday 23 October, 10:30am – 12:00pm: The Oxfordfordshire Buildings Record will host a guided walk, A Wander in Waterstock. This small tranquil village by the River Thame was recorded in 1098 as having five households. Now about eighty inhabitants live along the single lane through the settlement. There are twenty listed buildings, including possibly the oldest cruck house in Oxfordshire, and an interesting pump house of 1898. Places limited to twenty, so booking is essential; please contact Felix Lam.

Saturday 30 October: a day conference to be held in Oxford, Communities of Dissent 1850-1914, organised by the Chapels Society in association with Harris Manchester College, Oxford. The conference is one of the outcomes of a project about Non-conformism by the Family & Community Historical Research Society, led by Oxford’s Dr Kate Tiller, which investigated experiences of chapel culture in local areas of England and Wales. The conference will present the results of this research, and of other recent studies on the significance of chapels and chapel life during the Victorian and Edwardian heyday of Non-conformity in Britain. Further infomation and booking here.

Sunday 31 October, 9am – 1:30pm: The 2021 Oxford Bottle Show, Exeter Hall, Kidlington. Dozens of stalls selling historic bottles, many with an Oxfordshire connection, plus tins, boxes and other treasures. 9:00am entry £5; 9:30am entry £2:50; free after 10:00am.

Saturday 6 November (2-6pm), and Sunday 7 November (12-4pm): Steeple Aston Village Archive (SAVA) produces an annual exhibition each November, drawing on material already in the archive, and collected during  original research on the chosen theme. This year it is Houses Through Time – the history of nine Steeple and Middle Aston houses and their residents, some ordinary, some extraordinary. The display will be at Steeple Aston Village Hall, Fir Lane, OX25 4SF, on  Entry free. [The exhibition will move on-line if necessary.]

Ongoing (online): Where Smooth Waters Glide is a new on-line exhibition from the Berkshire Record Office (BRO) celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Thames Navigation Commission’s first meeting on 9 May 1771. The commission (later the Thames Conservancy) managed the River Thames from its source to its tidal reach at Teddington. It built the locks, weirs and towpaths and was responsible for preventing flooding, for draining adjacent land for agricultural or residential use, and for prosecuting people who polluted the water. Staff at BRO have recently completed a project to catalogue the records of the Thames Conservancy. View the exhibition here.

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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