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

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.