2021 Programme


Important notice: Our programme of talks has now moved online using the Zoom platform, due to the current coronavirus epidemic.

The upcoming talk is highlighted in red. Members will be sent a link to the Zoom talk before each meeting. Non-member tickets for online talks are available from WeGotTickets, ticketing links will be provided for the appropriate talk title in the following list when available.

We are unlikely to hold any indoor meetings for quite some time yet. We feel that it is our responsibility to avoid risking the health and welfare of our members and visitors.


Our talks are normally all held on the third Wednesday in the month. Talks start at 7.30 pm, virtual doors open at 7.15pm.

Walks, when held, are either on a Saturday morning or afternoon, or Wednesday evening, and during the covid pandemic the walks will take place following the Government guidelines at the time.

January 4th 2021
New Year walk, meet 10:00 am outside St Mary and St Nicholas church, (at the roundabout where Cowley and Sandford roads join).

January 20th 2021
AGM plus talk “Lawn Upton House, Littlemore”, Mary Steele and Buffy McClelland

February 17th 2021
“The Z – A of Oxford, 1000 years of history in 60 minutes”, Richard O Smith

March 17th 2021
“The coming of the railway to Oxford”, Liz Woolley

April 21st 2021
“Beacons of the past-investigating a prehistoric Chilterns landscape”, Wendy Morrison

Talk cancelled due to illness of speaker. To be rescheduled….

May 19th 2021
“The history of Littlemore Hospital- from Victorian pauper asylum to mental health institute”, John Stewart

September 15th 2021
East Oxford – a centre of industry 1,000 years before the University and 1,800 years before Morris Motors”, Dr Christopher Young.

November 17th 2021
“Nuneham Courtenay – one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world”, Professor Malcolm Airs

The talk will explore the fascinating history of the Palladian-style Nuneham House, the Harcourt family, the landscaped park, the arboretum and the planned village. Members will receive an email link to the Zoom talk. The link for tickets for non members will be available through WeGotTickets from 1st November, and will be posted on this site. Non-members tickets cost £3.00 plus 30p agency booking fee.