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 2024
Bicester Brains Trust Quiz
Matthew Hathaway

Following on from the talk in June, our July meeting was planned to be a humorous recreation of the Bicester Brains Trust. However, we don’t have enough Brains to pull that off, so the evening will now take the form of a quiz night instead. Members, working in teams, will try to pick the correct answers given to a number of questions from multiple choice answers.

16th September 2024
AGM & This Week in History
Matthew Hathaway

The AGM will be followed by a talk from our newsletter and magazine editor, Matthew Hathaway, outlining events from this week across the years.

21st October 2024
Bicester Shops & Shopping
Bob Hessian

Bob's talk, illustrated with old photos of Bicester town centre, will explain how shopping in the town has changed over the years and the challenges that retailers now face.

18th November 2024
Trench Humour in the First World War
Stephen Barker

Soldiers often turned to humour to alleviate the stress of life in the trenches. Jokes, puns, and satirical songs were a part of the soldiers’ oral culture. Much of the humour was lost on those outside the soldiers’ group, but it resonated with the soldiers and allowed them to cope with the strain of service and combat. This presentation takes a light-hearted look at trench humour in slang and through tunes, cartoons, satirical journals, concert parties and in many other ways.

15th December 2024
Christmas Music & Song Through the Ages
Ian Giles


20th January 2025
Poverty, Pestilence & Public Health in Victorian Britain
Dr Simon Wenham

Britain may have been the ‘workshop of the world’ in the Victorian period, but the sceptre of poverty and pestilence loomed large over the lives of many of its citizens. A large proportion of people were not only close to the bread line, but repeated epidemics decimated whole swathes of the population. This talk explores the wealth and health of the British during the Victorian period and the State’s struggle to improve conditions.

17th March 2025
The Message in the Map
Nick Millea


19th May 2025
Garden Archaeology - a different kind of digging
Dr Stephen Wass

For the past decade landscape archaeologist Dr. Stephen Wass has been working, mainly for the National Trust, developing a better understanding of some of our greatest historic gardens. Investigating properties ranging from the medieval park at Baddesley Clinton, through seventeenth-century gardens at Hanwell and Packwood to the great landscape garden at Stowe, Stephen has used the techniques of archaeology to gain a better understanding of their construction and development and will be sharing some thoughts on how garden archaeology can support our understanding of some key moments in history.