Recording the unwritten history of Bicester and the surrounding villages has become an important task for the Society. The retention of memories relating to people, places and events enriches the knowledge and understanding available for future generations to consider about times past and provides a valuable insight into how people lived and went about their daily business. If you have recollections of Bicester and the surrounding area please use the contact box at the bottom of this page to share your memories with us.
‘Do You Remember When?’ Oral History sessions are organised on a regular basis by Bicester Local History Society and Bicester Resources Centre as part of a Banbury Museum Reminiscence Partnership. Bicester Local History Society organise a session on the first Monday of each month at 7.30 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) in ‘The Pop-In’ Centre’, Crown Walk, Bicester. Oral history Sessions follow set themes where participants are invited to contribute their recollections about the topic under discussion. The sessions are recorded and the content will be published at as part of the project.
Examples of themes that we have covered at meetings have included:
The Causeway, Markets and Fairs, The Market Square, Transport, Sheep Street, Market Hill, Crockwell, North Street, King's End, London Road, Chapel Street & Priory Road, Local characters and personalities, Highfield, Local Services (Police, Medical etc.), Local sayings, Church Street and Bicester in World War II,
Meetings that took place in 2011 included:
4/4 Employment - The Wonderful World of Work!
2/5 Entertainment in Bicester
6/6 The Home
4/7 Childhood & Toys
5/9 Sport & Hunting / The Armed Forces in Bicester
3/10 Informal chance to view local photographs brought by contributors
5/12 Christmas in Bicester Past
If you have memories about the area that you wish to share with us please use the contact box below. Many thanks.