CHANGE TO PUBLISHED PROGRAMME: A Guide’s Guide: Working in Historic Houses in the 21st century

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Sarah Somerville Sarah is the Visitor Services Officer at Shaw House, a Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house situated on the northern edge of Newbury and managed by West Berkshire Council as a visitor attraction and conference centre. As well as guiding tours of the house, Sarah manages events held at Shaw House and […]

Keble College and The Light of World by Holman Hunt

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Lizzy Rowe Lizzy looks at the origins of Keble College and tells some of the fascinating stories about its early days, focusing in particular on The Light of the World, the famous painting by William Holman Hunt that hangs in its Chapel. Lizzy teaches art history and leads guided tours of Oxford city centre […]

From Axtell to Zacharias: the Men who built Oxford

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Liz Woolley The talk examines some of the characters involved in the city’s enormous expansion during the Victorian period including builders, architects, property developers and landlords. Fortunes were made, reputations were lost, regulations were ignored, and political careers were boosted. Liz is a local historian specialising in aspects of Oxford and Oxfordshire, with a particular interest […]

The History of the Railway from Didcot to Oxford

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Laurence Waters Laurence draws on his extensive knowledge of local railway lines to tell us the history of the railway from Didcot to Oxford. Laurence has written several books about the Great Western Railway, the latest being Railways of Oxford: A Transport Hub that Links Britain. He is the Photo Archivist of the Great […]

The History of the Radley Lakes area up to 2000

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Richard Dudding Until commercial gravel extraction began after World War II, the area known today as the Radley Lakes was farmland. Richard, Club archivist and secretary of the Radley Lakes Trust, describes the history of the area from the Iron Age to 2000. His talk offers a preview of the history chapter of a […]