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 Harcourt Arboretum: one of Oxfordshire’s brightest botanical jewels

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Timothy Walker The Harcourt Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay was founded in 1835 by the Harcourt family and annexed to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in 1963. The talk looks at the 180-year history of the site and some of the highlights of the 130-acre Arboretum. Timothy is a former director of the Oxford […]

Romans of Oxfordshire: Roman settlement and impact in the local area

Radley Church Church Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Speaker: Marie-Louise Kerr The talk covers the Roman invasion of Britain, life before and after the Romans arrived, and examples of Roman remains, archaeological finds, and sites of Roman occupation in Oxfordshire. Marie-Louise is an experienced museum curator caring for a wide variety of collections, and describes herself as ‘a curator without a museum’. Non-members […]

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 […]