Oxford Preservation Trust – opening doors all year round

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Stephen Dawson Stephen is the Operations and Development Manager of the Oxford Preservation Trust. In addition to organising the annual Oxford Open Doors weekend, the Trust is responsible for the management of various heritage sites and the protection of buildings and items of architectural significance in and around Oxford – work that never stops. […]

Poor Law in the 18th Century: the crisis in the parishes

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Deborah Hayter The talk discusses the reasons for the increasing struggle by many parishes during the 18th century to pay the poor rate to growing numbers of poor people, and the variety of schemes they adopted to try to ‘balance the books’. Deborah is a tutor at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education, specialising […]

NEW DATE: The Land of the White Eagle: The Story of Poland

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Hubert Zawadzki The talk describes the turbulent and complex history of Poland from its medieval origins to the present day. Dr Zawadzki, a former history teacher at Abingdon School and a member of Wolfson College Oxford, is the joint author of A Concise History of Poland and has appeared on BBC programmes involving Poland. […]

The Great Stink! Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian battle against dirt

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Tom Crook The talk discusses the notorious ‘Great Stink’ of summer 1858 in London, its causes and the approach adopted to combat the problem. Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Oxford Brookes University. Non-members welcome – a donation of £2.50 towards the meeting costs would be appreciated

Apples! The myth and mystery of England’s favourite fruit

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Tim Healey Many fascinating facts are presented in this talk which has five themes: myths, the history of apples, apple rituals, working with apples, and local varieties. Tim is an Oxford-based writer, broadcaster and musician, making his third visit to the Club. Non-members welcome – a donation of £2.50 towards the meeting costs would […]