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.

Sundays 14 August, 11 September and 9 October, 10am to 4pm: Visit the Auxiliers’ operational base, the model farm and the watermill at Coleshill House near Faringdon, the training headquarters for the Auxiliary Units, the secret British Resistance which would have swung into action in the event of a German invasion. The 11 September event will be a special heritage day when all the components of the estate will be open and augmented with a programme of short talks, activity workshops and re-enactments.

10 August, 20 August, 21 August, 17 September and 18 September, 11am – 5pm: The remarkable mosaic floor at North Leigh Roman Villa will be open to visitors. Further information here.

Sunday 14 August, 10am – 1pm: Tackley Local History Group, exhibition of historical items – photos, objects and memorabilia concerning Tackley and Oxfordshire – from collector Simon Somerscales’s personal collection. 2, The Ridge, Tackley. Free.

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 24 September: An all-day trip to the Battle of Bosworth Museum and battlefield,  Roman Leicester, and the Abbey Pumping Station Museum, organised by the Hornton History Group. Further information and booking here.

Monday 26 September, 6pm: Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will give an illustrated talk on The Story of England: Kibworth Revisited, at Merton College, Oxford, in support of the Oxfordshire Victoria County History (VCH). Tickets are £15 including a glass of wine. Further details and booking here.

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.

Until 24 November: The exhibition Children and Military Lives – Stories of Adventure, Family, and Exile at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. With a focus on Oxfordshire people, the exhibition explores the experiences of children of serving military personnel, and of children who have been directly affected by conflict, both in the past and the present. Further details 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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