Diary of Events
Monday, January 21st:
Michael Heaney: Percy Manning, the Antiquary who collected Oxfordshire
Percy Manning amassed enormous collections about Oxford and Oxfordshire, covering all periods of history and documenting folklore and customs as well as material objects.
Monday, February 18th
Timothy Walker: The Oxford Botanic Garden, the first 393 Years
Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest in the UK. This talk looks at the origins of the garden and then describes how and why it has changed since then. Timothy Walker began at the Garden as a trainee gardener and finished as its director
Monday, March 18th
Ruth Peters: Romantic Decline – Preserving Chastleton House
Ruth Peters, Senior House Steward at Chastleton, will explore the delicate balance needed at a National Trust property between conserving the historic collection and presenting the property to today’s public.
Monday, April 15th
AGM + Nick Allen: Richard Andrew, a fifteenth century Adderbury and New College man
While Adderbury historian Nick Allen was trawling through the medieval archives of New College, Oxford, in search of early Adderbury men who went up to university, he came across the name of Richard Andrew. Nick will tell his story in this talk.
Monday, May 20th
Ben Ford: Initial Results from the Westgate archaeological dig in Oxford
In 2016 Westgate, the largest archaeological endeavour ever to have been undertaken in the City of Oxford, won ‘Archaeological Project of the Year’. Ben Ford, the Project Director, will bring us up to date with the ongoing work.
Monday, June 17th
Julie Ann Godson: The Water Gypsy: How a Thames fishergirl became a Duchess
Oxfordshire historian Julie Ann Godson will tell us the true Cinderella story of Betty Ridge, a Thames fisherman’s daughter who married a lord in 1766. Julie Ann calls this “an astonishing romp through the Georgian and Regency periods”.
Monday, July 15th
Deborah Hayter: Harvest Rituals
The harvest was in the past a matter of life and death for rural communities and involved everyone for a few weeks. Rituals built up and landscape historian Deborah Hayter makes a welcome return to explore what these were about.
Monday, September 16th
Maggie Black: From local committee to international organisation: Oxfam’s extraordinary journey
Maggie Black is the author of A Cause for our Times, the history of Oxfam’s evolution into Britain’s largest aid charity. She worked for Oxfam during the 1970s and then served with UNICEF before becoming an independent writer and editor.
Monday, October 21st
Bill King: Yesterday’s Runways
Bill King has developed a keen interest in Britain’s history, where his main concern is the Second World War. He has conducted research, published articles, taken part in radio programmes and advised on television series.
Monday, November 18th
Richard Westcott: Confessions of a Pantomime Dame
Richard Westcott turned professional at the age of 50 after years of amateur fun with the Banbury Cross Players and other local groups. His first Panto was on the Isle of Man, and he has also done weekly rep and open-air Shakespeare.
Wednesday, December 11th
Association Christmas Party
Our traditional bring and share supper in The Institute, Adderbury, plus the ever-popular Association Quiz.