Exhibitions & events

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September: Oxford Open Doors. There are dozens of places to visit, guided walks, self-guided trails, and virtual events. Advance booking is required for some visits and tours. Further information and booking here.

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September (11am-5pm): The exquisite mosaics at North Leigh Roman Villa will be on display for the last time in 2021. The villa was one of the largest in Roman Britain and the mosaics, which formed the floor of its winter dining room, give a powerful sense of its original opulence. The award-winning North Leigh Roman Villa Volunteers will be on hand to discuss the villa and life in Roman Britain, and visitors can meet a Roman coin expert and see conservation in action as the mosaics are carefully cleaned. Read more here.

Saturday 2 October, on-line: The Oxfordshire Family History Society’s annual fair will be held on-line this year. Representatives from more than a dozen county family history societies and other organisations, including the Family and Community Historical Research Society and the Historic Towns Trust, will be on hand to answer questions. The fair is free and open to all, but prior registration is necessary. Programme details and registration here.

Saturday 2 October, via Zoom: The Oxfordshire Buildings Record (OBR) will host an on-line conference on Oxfordshire’s traditional buildings. There is no charge, but places are limited, so prior registration is essential. Programme details and booking here.

Saturday 16 October: A one-day symposium on the Medieval Wall Paintings of St Mary’s Church, Chalgrove will be held in the church. St Mary’s houses an internationally-important scheme of paintings carried out in the first half of the 14th century, depicting the childhood and Passion of Jesus, and the death and assumption of the Virgin Mary. Speakers, including Prof Paul Binski, Prof Miri Ruben, Dr Ellie Pridgeon, and Cambridge PhD student Sommer Halquist, will explore and explain these extraordinary art works. Further information here and tickets (£20) here.

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.

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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