Bicester Local History Society is keen to encourage members and friends of the Society to undertake a range of local history projects that will enhance our knowledge of Bicester and the surrounding villages.
We have a number of projects that are either ongoing, planned for the future or possibly just pipe dreams! Volunteers are currently engaged in or have recently completed a variety of tasks that fulfil this aim. These include:
- The restoration of Bicester's Georgian Fire Engine. (Follow this link to see progress on the restoration of Bicester's first fire-engine.) The completed restoration was unveiled at Bicester Carnival in July 2011. Click in this link to see a report and pictures of the fire-engine's Carnival appearance. Follow this link to view an article published in the BBC magazine 'Who Do You Think You Are?' in November 2011.
- Preparing a catalogue of local historian Miss Dannett's research papers
- Developing a programme of local town and village history walks
- Providing index information for a number of local history books
- Researching information for local history talks that will be shared with the Society
- Undertaking oral history research and interviews as the basis for a forthcoming publication and DVD resource
- Campaign for the provision of a Museum / Heritage Centre in the town
- Research material for publications on 'Pubs & Inns in Bicester' and a history of the origins of local 'Street Names' in the town
- Researching articles to add to the internet web pages
- Production of a town architectural leaflet 'A Stroll round Bicester's Buildings'. This was launched at the Bicester History Exhibition on 21st May 2011 and is available from Bicester Local History Society at a cost of 50p.
We welcome any volunteers who would like to help develop these projects or who have projects relating to their own interests. Please contact us if you feel that you can help in any way.