Upcoming Talks

Our monthly meetings take place at the Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, and start at 7:30pm.

Below is a list of our upcoming talks, but for more information please contact: Mrs Sally James (Treasurer) on 01869 243804 or email: sallyjames46@hotmail.com

19th November 2018
Oxfordshire in 50 Objects
Stephen Barker

Fifty fascinating objects, each telling a unique story, and brought together to celebrate Oxfordshire Museums Service’s half century. Chosen by community groups and members of the Service past and present, this exhibition showcases Oxfordshire's rich heritage through the memories, experiences and interests of people from across the county. I curated the exhibition on behalf of the Service.

17th December 2018
Christmas Social


21st January 2019
Churches have memories - the memorials of St Edburg's Church
Christopher Young


18th February 2019
Oxfordshire Mills
Elaine Steane

Elaine Steane, MBE and former nurse, now a keen Rambler, has researched some of the wide variety of mills in Oxfordshire for her latest walking guide Milestones to Millstones (www.milestonestomillstones.co.uk). The mills include windmills, water mills, a thriving roller mill producing locally sourced flour and a working steam mill. Milling idioms that are very much part of our language are included such as "Keep your nose to the grindstone" or "Come to a grinding halt".

18th March 2019
Common Right to Private Property: how enclosure shaped the Oxfordshire landscape
Deborah Hayter

This talk looks at how, why and when medieval field patterns, which had lasted in many places for a thousand years, were swept away to create a ‘mass-produced, drawing-board landscape.

17th June 2019
Oxford Past & Present
Janice Kinory

Janice explores the history of Oxford through photos from the HEIR (Historic Environment Image Resource) Project digital image archive at the Institute of Archaeology in Oxford.

15th July 2019
1066: Oxfordshire and the Norman Conquest
Julie Ann Godson

So many of the key events surrounding the Norman invasion of Anglo-Saxon England in 1066 took place in modern Oxfordshire. It was an event which changed the country forever. And from the birth of a prince to the formal surrender after the Battle of Hastings, Oxfordshire frequently provided the background for the board-room take-over which was the Norman Conquest of England. Enjoy a not-too-serious romp through the most tumultuous ever period of England's history.

16th September 2019
AGM followed by a talk by our chairman
Bob Hessian

Bob's topic is to be confirmed!

21st October 2019
Oxford's base and brickish skirt: the development of the suburbs 1850 - 1914
Liz Woolley

In 1850 Oxford was still contained largely within its mediaeval city walls. Just over sixty years later, on the eve of the First World War, its footprint had quadrupled, thousands of new brick terraced houses had been built and the suburbs had “grown up around Oxford on every side like a huge swelling which needs to be cured.” This talk examines why the suburbs grew so rapidly, what factors affected how they developed differently to the north, south, east and west of the city, and the effects that suburban growth had on Oxford and its residents.