Exhibitions & events

Ongoing throughout summer 2021: A new temporary exhibition, Skeleton Science, at The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock brings to life the work of bioarchaeologists as they unlock the secrets of our long dead ancestors, using the clues to be found in their bones. Read more about it here.

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.

Sunday 18 July, 10am – 5pm: Coombe Mill near Long Hanborough is open again and this will be the first public steaming event of 2021. The mill machinery will be powered by steam for the first time since 2019. Combe Mill is a working hands-on industrial museum, the original sawmill and workshop of the Blenheim Palace Estate. Further information here and booking here.

Monday 26 July, 10am or 2pm: Join local historian Mark Davies for historical tours of the Oxford Botanic Garden which is celebrating its 400th anniverary in 2021. Learn about early keepers like the German Prince of Plants and Horticulture’s Sapient King; visitors (respected, regal, and rude); and balloonatics, scavengers, apes, dragons and monsters. Further information and booking here.

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