Talks & meetings

There are talks on a wide variety of local history subjects going on all over the county more or less every weekday. During the Covid-19 lockdown period many groups organised on-line talks, and these proved very popular. They have the advantage of being accessible to everyone, wherever you are in the world! In some cases these are continuing; other groups are returning to face-to-face meetings from autumn 2021 onwards. Talks which we know are happening are listed below. Note that a small charge may be made for non-members to attend (on-line or in person).

For further information, click on the name of the local society in the list below to get to its website. Contact details for societies are here.

For other events and exhibitions see this page.

December 2021

1stFriends of the Oxfordshire Museum – Howard Robinson “A History of Worcester Cathedral and some of its unusual Patrons”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing contact@FriendsOfTOM.org.uk

2ndCharlbury – Janice Kinory “The production, distribution and use of salt in Prehistoric Britain”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

2ndEynsham – Martin Harris “Christmases Past”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

2ndOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Jaqueline Mitchell “Birds in our Gardens and Landscapes – A Seasonal Selection of Poetry and Prose”. On-line talk, 6:00pm, register at https://ogtevents.eventcube.io

7thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Rob Thompson “He’s a Lumberjack and he’s Okay… The Canadian Corps 1914-1917”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

7th – Henley – Tim Healey “A 17th-century Christmas”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

7thHook Norton – Tom Crook “The Great Stink”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

7thLower Windrush – Bill King “Airfields of Oxfordshire”. Standlake Village Hall, 7:30pm.

7th – Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society (OAHS) – Malcolm Graham “Creating Prospects, Removing Nuisances: The Work of the Oxford Paving Commissioners 1771–1800”. (A lecture in memory of Chris Day). On-line talk, 5:30pm, further information at https://oahs.org.uk/lectures.php (OAHS members only).

9thBanbury – Paul Clark “Historic buildings of Chipping Norton and Hook Norton: results from recent survey work”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30 pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams; for further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

9thDidcot – Mike and Janet Hurst “Days of Christmas past – 20th-century Christmas memories”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

9thLongworth -Antonia Keaney “Christmas at Blenheim Palace, past and present”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

9thMuseum of Oxford – Mark Davies “What a Liberty!”. Oxford Town Hall, 6:00pm, book via https://museumofoxford.org/event/what-a-liberty-with-mark-davies

10thFinstock – Frank Collingwood “The life and times of William Morris, later Lord Nuffield”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

13thChipping Norton – David Artingstall “Blockley: A Cotswold Village from Bishop Wuffstan to Father Brown”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

13thOxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) – Genealogical Society of Victoria  “Immigration to Australia: 1788-1970”. On-line talk, 9:30am. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

15th – British Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Niall Barr “Alamein: T’was a Famous Victory”. Woodcote Village Hall (Covid-allowing), 7:30pm; e-mail zoom@bmmhs.org or check www.bmmhs.org to confirm venue.

16thAbingdon – Ian Giles: live costumed performance of historical Christmas and winter folk songs and music. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

16thThame Museum – Andy Thomas “Christmas: A Festive History”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, tickets from www.thamemuseum.org/whats-on/talks-online/

20thGoring Gap – David Allan “The Amazing Mr. Dickens: the inspiration behind his most famous characters”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

21stIffley – Mark Davies “Lucid lines and liquid history – the landscapes of the River Thames and Oxford Canal”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm. Non-members please contact Paul Butler on mpetipa@ntlworld.com in advance, as places may be limited.

January 2022

4thHenley – Paul Lacey “Early Independents [bus service operators] of the Henley & Marlow Area”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

4thHook Norton – Alasdair Brown “Black GIs and the Hook Norton “Riot” of 1944”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6thCharlbury – Trevor Jackson “RAF Brize Norton: Over 80 years of operational history”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

6thFriends of the Oxfordshire Museum – David Juler “|The Museum of Oxford: Recent changes, Acquisitions and Attractions”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing contact@FriendsOfTOM.org.uk

10th – Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) – Charles Eldridge “Bletchingdon: A Village Research 1772-1948”. On-line talk, 8:00pm. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

10thRadley – Marie Louise Kerr “Romans of Oxfordshire: Roman settlement and impact in the local area”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

10thWeston on the Green – Mick East “Thatching in the village by my family”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

11thThame – Chris Bowler “Tudor Farmhouse with hidden Treasures”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

12thWychwoods –  Julie Ann Godson “Oxfordshire in the past”. Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall, 7:30pm.

13thBanbury – Simon Townley “Oxfordshire Towns in the Victoria County History”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30 pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams; for further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

13thDidcot – Stephen Dawson “Oxford Preservation Trust”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

13thWootton & Dry Sandford – Richard Dudding “Radley – gentry, yeomen and land”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

17thGoring Gap – MA Seaborne “The curious occurrence of mumming”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

17thKennington – Brian Andrews “British history of the Computer”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

17thWheatley – Karen & Bret Wiles “Women’s Voluntary Service in WWII: the largest female voluntary organisation ever”. Merry Bells Village Hall, High Street, 8:00pm.

19thBloxham – Dominic Sandbrook “The Top 10 British Prime Ministers”. 7:30pm, venue tbc, for further information contact ian_myson@hotmail.com

20thAbingdon – Katharina Ulmschneider “The Story of the T’ang Dynasty Camel in the Ashmolean Museum – An Example of Art Looted by the Nazis”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

20thLongworth -Stephen Barker “The Flying Sikh in the First World War”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

24thCumnor – Simon Wenham “Power and personalities: politics in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Old School, 7:30pm.

24thHanney – Ivan Cadge “The history of Abingdon Station and its branch line: the story of this railway service from 1856 to 1984”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

24thMarcham – James Gilbert “My life and work as Consultant Transplant and Vascular Access Surgeon”. Marcham Centre, Barrow Close, 7:45pm. Also available to view live on-line: e-mail membership@MarchamSociety.org.uk to register.

24thMiddleton Cheney – Terry Andrews “Andy’s Transport of Banbury”. All Saints Church, 7:30pm.

24thOxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) –  Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. On-line talk, 8:00pm. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

24thTackley – Les Summers “The Story of the Lady of Legend:  The building of a replica 100-year-old steam locomotive”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

26thDorchester – AGM followed by John Stevenson “Modern buildings in Oxford”’. Dorchester Abbey, 7:30pm.

26thSouth Stoke – Steve Parrinder “The Dissolution of the Monasteries, with reference to Eynsham”. Village Hall, 2:15pm.

27thKirtlington & Bletchington – Tom Crook “The Great Stink – Engineers, Sewerage Systems and the Victorian Battle against Dirt”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

27thLaunton – Liz Woolley “From Axtell to Zacharias: the Men who Built Oxford”. Parish Hall, 7:30pm.

February 2022

1stHenley – David Barber “Royal Swan Upping”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

1stHook Norton – Ian Keable “The History of Cartoons from William Hogarth to Private Eye”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing scotlandend@btinternet.com

1stLower Windrush – Trevor Jackson “History of RAF Brize Norton”. Standlake Village Hall, 7:30pm.

1stNorth Leigh – Liz Woolley “Beer, Sausages and marmalde: Food, drink, politics and tourism in 19th-century Oxford”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

3rdCharlbury – Clare Shakya “Climate ambition in the time of Covid 19”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

3rd – Museum of Oxford – Uncomfortable Oxford “Proctors and Prostitutes – The Policing of Women by the University of Oxford”. Oxford Town Hall, 6:00pm, book via https://museumofoxford.org/event/proctors-and-prostitutes-the-policing-of-women-by-the-university-of-oxford-with-uncomfortable-oxford

8thThame – Mark Davies “Stories of Oxford Castle: from dungeon to dunghill”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

9thWychwoods –  Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire during the Second World War”. Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall, 7:30pm.

10thBanbury – Mark McKerracher “Feeding Anglo-Saxon England: archaeological science and early medieval farming”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30 pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams; for further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

10thDidcot – Liz Woolley “Olive Gibbs, local politician and peace campaigner”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

10thWootton & Dry Sandford – Tim Healey “Apples ! The Myth and Mystery of England’s Favourite Fruit”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

14thChipping Norton – John Marshall “What’s so special about St Mary’s?”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

14th – Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) – Mike Clelland “The 1921 Census”. On-line talk, 8:00pm. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

14thRadley – Stephen Dawson “Oxford Preservation Trust – opening doors all year round”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

14thWheatley – Katherine Bradley “Early women professional gardeners including the founders of Waterperry”. Merry Bells Village Hall, High Street, 8:00pm.

15thClanfield & Bampton – Rosemary Honour Smith “My Clanfield”. Carter Institute, Main Street, Clanfield, 7:30pm.

15thIffley – Julian Munby “Mapping the towns in Oxfordshire and beyond”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm. Non-members please contact Paul Butler on mpetipa@ntlworld.com in advance, as places may be limited.

17thAbingdon – Timothy Walker “The History of Oxford University Botanic Garden”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

17thLongworth -Marie-Louise Kerr “Lives of Local Medieval Saints”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stGoring Gap – Marie-Louise Kerr “Romans of Oxfordshire”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

23rdDorchester – Liz Woolley “Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford”. Dorchester Abbey, 7:30pm.

24thAston – Julian Sayers “The Guilds”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

24thKirtlington & Bletchington – Christopher Metcalfe “Tales of Kings and Cup-Bearers in History and Myth”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28thCumnor – Katie Hambrook “Field and place names in East Oxford, and some in Cumnor”. Old School, 7:30pm.

28thHanney – Wendy Morrison “The Hill Forts of the Chilterns and the use of LIDAR: how ground mapping radar has transformed understanding and revealed new sites”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

28thMarcham – James Mather “The Watlington Hoard”. Marcham Centre, Barrow Close, 7:45pm. Also available to view live on-line: e-mail membership@MarchamSociety.org.uk to register.

28thMiddleton Cheney – AGM followed by Chris Wells “Banbury in Living Memory”. All Saints Church, 7:30pm.

28th – Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) – Penny Walters “Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy”. On-line talk, 8:00pm. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

28thTackley – Rachel Strachan and Neil Wilson “Shipwreck off Tasmania: the loss of 42 impoverished migrants from Tackley”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

March 2022

1stHenley – AGM followed by short presentations by members. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

1stHook Norton – Alex Davies “Changes in Later Prehistory”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

1stLower Windrush – Marie-Lou Kerr “Romans of Oxfordshire”. Standlake Village Hall, 7:30pm.

1stNorth Leigh –  “The History of Cogges Museum”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

3rdCharlbury – Kathy Haslam “The Kelmscott Manor Past, Present and Future Project: ‘a vision rather than a dream’. Venue tbc, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

8thThame – Martin Attridge “The Great Fire of London in 1666”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

10thBanbury – Robin Darwall-Smith “Beyond Port and Prejudice: a new look at Georgian Oxford”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30 pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams; for further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

10thDidcot – Josie Midwinter “Life in a Didcot corner shop in the 1950s”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

10thWootton & Dry Sandford – Peter Forsaith “From London to Oxford: building Westminster College (a queer sort of story) ”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

14thChipping Norton – AGM followed by Mark Davies “A Literary Waterways Tour”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

14th – Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) – David Hobro “Family Tree Drawing”. On-line talk, 8:00pm. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

14thRadley – Deborah Hayter “Poor law in the 18th century – the crisis in the parishes”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

14thWeston on the Green – Melanie King “Can onions cure earache? 17th-century medicine”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

15thIffley – Tim Porter “The Medieval Forest”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm. Non-members please contact Paul Butler on mpetipa@ntlworld.com in advance, as places may be limited.

16thBloxham – Marie-Louise Kerr “Romans of Oxfordshire: Roman settlement and impact in the local area”. 7:30pm, venue tbc, for further information contact ian_myson@hotmail.com

17thAbingdon – Nina Morgan “William Smith and the History of Geology in Oxfordshire”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

17thLongworth -Mark Davies “Daniel Harris:  Oxford Castle Gaoler Extraordinaire”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stGoring Gap – Richard Fortey “History of a Chiltern Beechwood”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

21stKennington – Katherine Bradley “Nineteenth century women travellers & explorers”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

21stWheatley – Kevin Heritage “Holton Park from Medieval Manor to Secondary Academy – a 1000 years of change and continuity”. Merry Bells Village Hall, High Street, 8:00pm.

23rdDorchester – Geoffrey Tyack “Architecture of Georgian Oxford”. Dorchester Abbey, 7:30pm.

24thKirtlington & Bletchington – David Griffiths “The Vikings”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

28thCumnor – Trevor Jackson “RAF Brize Norton:over 80 years of flying operations”. Old School, 7:30pm.

28thHanney – Terry Randall “The lost manor house of the Fitzwarryns”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

28thMarcham – Muriel Pilkington “The Lost Villages of Oxfordshire”. Marcham Centre, Barrow Close, 7:45pm. Also available to view live on-line: e-mail membership@MarchamSociety.org.uk to register.

28thMiddleton Cheney – Wendy Morrison “Iron Age discoveries at Steane, near Brackley”. All Saints Church, 7:30pm.

28thOxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) – Jessica Feinstein “South African genealogical records”. On-line talk, 8:00pm. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

28thTackley  – Tim Healey “Sex, Drink and Death in the 17th Century”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

31stAston – Katherine Bradley “The impact of the First World War on women’s lives”. Fellowship Centre, Cote Road, 7:30pm.

31stLaunton – Mark Davies “Stories of Oxford Castle”. Parish Hall, 7:30pm.

April 2022

5thHenley – Deborah Hayter “Lost Villages of Oxfordshire”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

5thHook Norton – Mark Davies “Oxford Castle in the 17th/18th Centuries”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

5thLower Windrush – Janice Kinory “Further Tales of HEIR (historic images of Oxfordshire)”. Standlake Village Hall, 7:30pm.

5th – North Leigh –  Steve Parrinder “The Lost Abbey of Eynsham”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

7thCharlbury – An evening with the Charlbury Museum. Venue tbc, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

11thChipping Norton – Carol Anderson “‘Over The Hills To Glory’: The Story of the Ascott Martyrs”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

11th – Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) – Hilary Blandford “From Lunacy to the Old Bailey”. On-line talk, 8:00pm. OFHS members only, join at https://www.ofhs.uk/about/join-us.

11thRadley – Mark Davies “Professors of rowing – the Oxford-Cambridge boat race”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

12thThame – Tim Healey “Pagans and Puritans-the story of May morning Oxford”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

13th –  Wychwoods –  Mark Davis “Alice’s Adventures in Oxford: Lewis Carrol and the River Thames”. Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall, 7:30pm.

14thDidcot – AGM followed by Melanie King “How the English fell in love with tea”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

19thIffley – Stephan Wass “A Way with Water: Farnborough Hall and the development of a Georgian estate”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm. Non-members please contact Paul Butler on mpetipa@ntlworld.com in advance, as places may be limited.

20thBloxham – “An evening with…” A social evening featuring short talks from some of our members. 7:30pm, venue tbc, for further information contact ian_myson@hotmail.com

21stAbingdon – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire (the modern county) in the English Civil War, with especial reference to the Abingdon area”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

21stLongworth -Hana Whitton “Ashdown House and the Winter Queen”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

25thCumnor – AGM and Tim Healey “Pagans and Puritans:the Story of May Morning in Oxford”. Old School, 7:30pm.

25thHanney – Richard Dudding “The Half-Timbered Houses of Radley”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

25thGoring Gap – Catherine Sampson “Royal weddings”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

25thKennington – Mark Davies “Oxford’s 400-year-old Botanic Garden: notable keepers, visitors & events”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

25thTackley –  Julie Ann Godson “Our Boys 1914-1918: Who were the fallen of one Oxfordshire valley, and how villages coped during WW1”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

27thDorchester – Pam Manix “Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter”. Dorchester Abbey, 7:30pm.

28thLaunton – Martin Sirot-Smith “Sulgrave – 5000 years”. Parish Hall, 7:30pm.

May 2022

3rdHenley – Janice Kinory “Tales from the Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR) Project”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

3rdHook Norton – AGM followed by Carol Anderson “The Ascott Martyrs”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

5th – North Leigh –  Anthony Wagg “The Wars of the Roses”. Memorial Hall, 7:30pm.

5thCharlbury – Judith Curthoys “Cows and curates: Christ Church’s land and livings in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds”. Venue tbc, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

9thChipping Norton – Tom Crook “‘The Great Stink’: Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian Battle against dirt”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

9thWeston on the Green – Norma Aubertin-Potter “Kidlington Zoo”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

10thThame – Derek Turner “Tales out of School – Lord Bill’s archivist reveals all? ”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

11thWychwoods –  AGM and John Bennett “Buildings of Milton under Wychwood”. Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall, 7:30pm.

12thDidcot – Martin Sirot-Smith “SulgraveManor”. Northbourne Centre, Church Street, 7:30pm.

12thRadley – Members’ interests evening. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

16thGoring Gap – Tim Healey “Sex, drink & death in the 17th century”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

16thKennington – Martin Buckland “Canal restoration: benefits to wildlife & environment”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

17thIffley – Simon Townley “Landscapes and settlements of the Oxfordshire Chilterns”. Church Hall, Church Way, 7:30pm. Non-members please contact Paul Butler on mpetipa@ntlworld.com in advance, as places may be limited.

18thBloxham – Stephen Dawson “Oxford Preservation Trust – A Tour of our Work”. 7:30pm, venue tbc, for further information contact ian_myson@hotmail.com

19thAbingdon – Ed Peveler “The Use of LiDAR in Archaeology, with especial reference to the Chiltern Hillforts Project and sites in Berkshire”. Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, 7:45pm.

19thLongworth -Simon Wenham “Living the Lexicon: James Murray and the Creation of the Oxford English Dictionary”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

23rdMarcham – Julie Ann Godson “High Society Scandals in Oxfordshire”. Marcham Centre, Barrow Close, 7:45pm. Also available to view live on-line: e-mail membership@MarchamSociety.org.uk to register.

25thDorchester – Keith Parry “Thames Bridges between Reading and Oxford”. Dorchester Abbey,7:30pm.

June 2022

7thHenley – Marie-Louise Kerr “Famous Local Folk”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

13thRadley – Liz Woolley “From Axtell to Zacharias: the men who built Oxford”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

20thKennington – Simon Wenham “A crystal vision of Victorian Britain: The Great Exhibition of 1851”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

27thMarcham –  Virginia Grant “The History of Kingston Bagpuize House”. Marcham Centre, Barrow Close, 7:45pm. Also available to view live on-line: e-mail membership@MarchamSociety.org.uk to register.

July 2022

11thRadley – Tom Crook “The Great Stink! Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian battle against dirt”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

12thThame – Muriel Pilkington “The Mitsfords”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

September 2022

12thRadley – Tim Healey “Apples! The Myth and Mystery of England’s Favourite Fruit”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

13thThame – Paul Barnett “RMS Carpathia’s dash to save a stricken Titanic”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

15thLongworth -Martin Syrot-Smith “Daily Life in Tudor Times”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

19thKennington – Mike Hurst “Tracks to the Trenches”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

19thWheatley – Julie Godson “Scandal in High Society Oxfordshire: selected tales of toffs in trouble”. Merry Bells Village Hall, High Street, 8:00pm.

October 2022

4thHenley – Alastair Lack “The History of Oxford University”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

11thThame – Deborah Hayter “The Poor Law in the eighteenth century: the crisis in the parishes”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

17thKennington – Mike Heaney “The man who collected Oxfordshire: the antiquary Percy Manning”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

17thWheatley – Mark Davies “Oxford’s Town and Gown: to lick a lord or thrash a cad”. Merry Bells Village Hall, High Street, 8:00pm.

20thLongworth -Michael Heaney “600 Years of Morris Dancing”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

November 2022

1stHenley – Bill King, subject to be confirmed. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

8thThame – Stephen Barker “Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil Wars 1642-51”. Thame Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

14thWeston on the Green – Simon Wenham “The Great Exhibition”. Village Hall, 7:30pm.

17thLongworth -Richard Dudding “Radley Wood”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stKennington – Bill King “Yesterday’s runways: airfields of Oxfordshire”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

28thWheatley – Simon Wenham “Morris Motopolis: the motor works and transformation of Oxford”. Merry Bells Village Hall, High Street, 8:00pm.

December 2022

6thHenley – Gabor Thomas “Excavation of the Anglo-Saxon Monastery in Cookham”. Kings Arms Barn, Kings Road, 7:45pm.

19thKennington – Ian Giles “Christmas music and song through the Ages”. Methodist Church, Upper Road, 7:45pm.

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