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 hoping to return to face-to-face meetings from September 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 other events and exhibitions see this page.

September 2021

13thChipping Norton – Alistair Lack “CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

13thRadley – AGM followed by “Radley Remembered – a presentation of memories of Radley to 1953”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

14th – British Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Ian Binnie “The Second Mounted Division at Gallipoli”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

14thSoldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (Woodstock) – James Campbell “Shepard’s War: EH Shepard, The Man Who Drew Winnie-the-Pooh”. On-line talk, 7:00pm, watch live at https://www.sofo.org.uk/whats-on/shepardswar/

14thThame – Janice Kinory “Tales from the Historical Environment Image Resource (HEIR)”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

15thLittlemore – Christopher Young “Roman Pottery finds in Oxford”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, further information from https://littlemorelocalhistorysociety.wordpress.com/2021-programme/

16thBanbury – Simon Wenham “Crime and Punishment in Victorian Britain”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30 pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams; for further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

16thWychwoods – Stephen Barker “Oxfordshire during the Second World War”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing mail@wychwoodshistory.uk

20thAdderbury – Stephen Oliver “St Mary’s Adderbury: Its history and restoration”. Adderbury Institute, 7:30pm.

20thGoring Gap – Dan Allen “Women and the Victorian Army: What was life like for soldiers’ families at home and abroad?”. Goring Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stClanfield & Bampton – Hugh Conway Morris “Couched in the vernacular: the history of words, language and building”. Carter Institute, Main Street, Clanfield, 7:30pm.

23rdKirtlington & Bletchington – Tim Healey “Apples: The Myth and Mystery of England’s Favourite Fruit”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

27thCumnor – Mark Davies “A literary tour of Oxford(shire) Waterways”. Old School, 7:30pm.

27thHanney – Janice Kinory “Salt production, distribution and use in Prehistoric and Roman Britain”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

27thMarcham – AGM followed by Jim Asher “Butterflies, Marcham and Lockdown”. Marcham Centre, 7:30pm.

30thBloxham – Julie Anne Lambert “The Art of Advertising”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing ian_myson@hotmail.com

30thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Clare Sargent “Capability Brown at Radley: rediscovering a lost landscape”. On-line talk, 6:00pm, register at https://ogtevents.eventcube.io

October 2021

5thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote)– Kathy Quinlan Flatter and Linda Parker “The Blitz in London December 1940”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

5thHook Norton – Dominic Sandbrook “Britain in the 1980s”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

6thFriends of the Oxfordshire Museum – Angie Bolton “Rich Pickings in the Museum Services Archaeology Collection from the Palaeolithic to the late Medieval”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing contact@FriendsOfTOM.org.uk

7thCharlbury – Simon Townley “Cornbury Park: Research from the VCH”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

7thEynsham – Nicholas Clapton “Another Renaissance: English Music from 1897-1945”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

11thChipping Norton – Visit to Churchill Museum with talk by Christine Gower “The abandoned Village of Churchill”. Churchill Museum, 2:00pm.

11thRadley – Hubert Zawadzki “The Land of the White Eagle: the Story of Poland”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

12thThame – Paul Barnet “In Defence of the Drift”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

13thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Gareth Glover “Waterloo Myths and the Quest for the Truth”. Woodcote Willage Hall (Covid-allowing), 7:30pm; e-mail zoom@bmmhs.org or check www.bmmhs.org to confirm venue.

13thWolvercote – AGM followed by Alison McDonald “10,000 Years of Life Beside the Thames”. Village Hall. 7:30pm.

13thWychwoods – David Young “Primitive Methodism”. Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall, 7:30pm.

14thBanbury – Nick Lipscombe “Combined Arms Tactics in the English Civil War”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30 pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams; for further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

14thWootton & Dry Sandford – Timothy Walker “The Harcourt Arboretum – the first 50 years”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

15thFinstock – Tony Cooper “The Great Prize Fight at Whiteoak Green, 1846”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

18th – Adderbury – Ciaran Walsh “The Otmoor Riots in a Wider Context”. Adderbury Institute, 7:30pm.

18thBicester – Sheila Allcock “Homes fit for Heroes: The Centenary of Council Houses”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

18thGoring Gap – Paul Henderson “James Sowerby:  Enlightenment, Art and Science”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

19thClanfield & Bampton – Alan Larkman “Birds in our locality”. Carter Institute, Main Street, Clanfield, 7:30pm.

20thBloxham – Ian Keable “The Century of Deception: The Birth of the Hoax in the Eighteenth Century”. 7:30pm, format tbc, contact ian_myson@hotmail.com for further information.

20thEnstone – ffiona Perigrinor “The Hazards of Medieval Pilgimage: Marjery Kempe and her fellowship (1414-1417)”. 7:30pm; e-mail johnch.pritchard@tiscali.co.uk for venue.

21stLongworth -Julie Ann Godson “On This Day in Oxfordshire”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

21stOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Advolly Richmond “Flora Domestica: A Social History of Indoor Pot Plants”. On-line talk, 6:00pm, register at https://ogtevents.eventcube.io

21stWychwoods – David Young “Primitive Methodism”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing mail@wychwoodshistory.uk

22ndThame Museum – Susan Fern “The Lenborough Hoard and the Buckingham Mint”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, tickets from www.thamemuseum.org/whats-on/talks-online/

25thCumnor – Liz Woolley “Victorian and Edwardian industrial buildings of Oxford”. Old School, 7:30pm.

25thHanney – Trevor Jackson “The history of RAF Brize Norton – from 1936 to the present day”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

25thMarcham – Alastair Lack “The History of St John’s College”. Marcham Centre, 7:30pm.

25thTackley – John Perkins “Revisiting The Romans in Tackley”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

27thSouth Stoke – Tim Healey “Apples: the myth and mystery of England’s favourite fruit”. Village Hall, 2:15pm.

28thKirtlington & Bletchington – Mark Davies “James Sadler: Oxford pastry cook and First English Aeronaut”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

November 2021

2ndBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote)– Gary Sheffield “The Role of NCOs in the armies of the British Empire 1914 – 1945”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

2ndHook Norton – Tim Healey “Sex, Drink and Health in the 17th century”. Baptist Church Hall, Netting Street, 7:30pm.

3rdFriends of the Oxfordshire Museum – Alice Foster “In Memoriam: War in Art and Literature”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing contact@FriendsOfTOM.org.uk

4thCharlbury – Rod Evans “A whistle-stop tour of the planning system loosely based on 23 years a planning inspector”. On-line talk, 8:00pm, email talks.charlsoc@gmail.com to enquire.

4thEynsham – Peter Burnett “The Devil’s Picture Book: Playing Cards and their story”. Church Hall, Thames Street, 7:30pm.

8thChipping Norton – Mike Hurst “Old Time Christmas”. Methodist Church Hall, West Street, 2:00pm.

8thRadley – Timothy Walker “The Harcourt Arboretum”. St James the Great Church, 7:30pm.

9thThame – Liz Woolley “Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War”. Barns Centre, Church Road, 7:30pm.

9thOxfordshire Buildings Record – Lee Prosser “Baltic timber marks”. Details from events@obr.org.uk

10thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Paul Beaver “Suez”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

10thWychwoods –  Juliet Heslewood “William Morris and the Cotswolds”. Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall, 7:30pm.

11thBanbury – Anni Byard “Archaeology, artefacts and a career in ruins”. Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, 7:30 pm, and streamed live via Microsoft Teams; for further information e-mail simon.townsend@banburymuseum.org

11thWootton & Dry Sandford – Liz Woolley “The common lodging house in Victorian England”. Wootton Community Centre, 7:30pm.

12thThame Museum – Tom Crook “The Big Stink: The Victorian Battle Against Dirt”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, tickets from www.thamemuseum.org/whats-on/talks-online/

15th – Adderbury – Barry Davis “The Cawley Family of Adderbury House”. Adderbury Institute, 7:30pm.

15thBicester – Liz Woolley “’No Other Way’: Oxfordshire’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-9”. Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, 7:30pm.

15thGoring Gap – Nicola Tallis “Lady Jane Grey”. Goring Village Hall, 2:30pm.

17thBloxham – AGM and Tim Healey “The Green Man Trail in Oxfordshire”. 7:30pm, format tbc, contact ian_myson@hotmail.com for further information.

17thLittlemore – Malcolm Airs “Nuneham Courtenay: ‘…one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world’”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, further information from https://littlemorelocalhistorysociety.wordpress.com/2021-programme/

18thLongworth -Alastair Lack “Oxford of Inspector Morse”. Southmoor Village Hall, 7:30pm.

18thOxfordshire Gardens Trust – Susannah Charlton 20th-Century Gardens and Landscapes”. On-line talk, 6:00pm, register at https://ogtevents.eventcube.io

18thWychwoods – Juliet Heslewood “William Morris and the Cotswolds”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing mail@wychwoodshistory.uk

19thFinstock – Ruth Nissim and friends “After Female Suffrage – what happened between the wars (1919 – 1939)”. Village Hall, 8:00pm.

22ndHanney – Marie-Louise Kerr “Oxfordshire in Canvas: The portrayal of the county by famous and lesser-known artists and the history these images reveal”. War Memorial Hall, East Hanney, 8:00pm.

22ndMarcham – Richard Venables “My role as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire”. Marcham Centre, 7:30pm.

22ndTackley – Liz Woolley “How the coming of the railway changed Oxford”. Memorial Hall, 8:00pm.

24thEnstone – Caroline Barron on “Women in Medieval London”. 7:30pm; e-mail johnch.pritchard@tiscali.co.uk for venue.

24thSouth Stoke – Marie Louise Kerr “Oxfordshire art with reference to South Stoke”. Village Hall, 2:15pm.

25thKirtlington & Bletchington – Haydn Middleton in conversation with novelist Tim Pears “You Couldn’t Make It Up! The challenges and charms of writing historical fiction”. Kirtlington Village Hall, 7:30pm.

29thCumnor – Martin Way “Glimmer in the dark”. Old School, 7:30pm.

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

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

8thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Paul Caddick-Adams “The Battle of the Bulge”. On-line talk, 7:30pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

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

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

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.

14thBritish Modern Military History Society (Woodcote) – Robin Brodhurst “The Battle of the Atlantic – The Turning Point”. On-line talk, 2:00pm, register by e-mailing zoom@bmmhs.org

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.

January 2022

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

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

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.

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.

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.

February 2022

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

March 2022

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

April 2022

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

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

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

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.

May 2022

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

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

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

June 2022

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

July 2022

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

September 2022

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

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

October 2022

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

November 2022

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

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