Events and Excursions


Our lectures for 2019-2020 have been confirmed and are listed below.
All lectures are free and open to the public as well as members, so please invite guests.
The Reception after the Tom Hassall Lecture on 10th March 2020 is also free for members but booking is required.
Download the poster for all the lectures

Harlington Manor

Our excursion programme for 2019 has concluded. But there will be a full programme for 2020 coming soon!

Kingerlee: The Family and the Building Firm since 1868

Date: 28th January 2020
Time: 17.30-18.30
Lecturer: Liz Woolley
Location: Rewley House

Thomas Henry Kingerlee took over his father's building firm in 1868 and moved from Banbury to Oxford in 1883, a time when the city was expanding rapidly and undergoing enormous social, political and economic upheaval. Kingerlee was soon to become one of the key figures in those changes, rapidly becoming Oxford’s largest builder and landlord, and one of its biggest employers with several hundred workers. Thomas Henry was a leading Nonconformist, a Liberal Councillor, and twice Mayor of Oxford. This talk will examine how the family and the firm influenced Oxford’s development in the Victorian and Edwardian periods and highlight some of the hundreds of private and public buildings which Kingerlee have built, renovated and repaired in the city and elsewhere. The company is still going strong and is now run by two of Thomas Henry's great-great-grandsons, David Kingerlee and Richard Wilsdon.

Liz Woolley is a local historian specialising in aspects of the history of Oxfordshire and Oxford. She is particularly interested in the city's 'town' (as opposed to 'gown') history, and in the everyday lives of rural people across the county, chiefly during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Manorial Records as a Source for English (and Oxfordshire) History

Date: 11th February 2020
Time: 17.30-18.30
Lecturer: Professor Mark Bailey
Location: Rewley House

This lecture will provide a brief introduction to manorial records, including how to find them through a national online catalogue (the Manorial Documents Register) which is currently being updated for Oxfordshire. Hundreds of thousands of these documents survive from the thirteenth to the twentieth century, representing a superb source for local and national history unparalleled in the world. Examples will be drawn from medieval manorial records in general, and Oxfordshire in particular.

Mark Bailey is Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, author of The English Manor (2002), and a member of the Manorial Documents Register Advisory Board. He drew extensively upon manorial records when delivering the James Ford Lectures in British History at the University of Oxford in 2019.

Paid Mr Brown £200: Capability Brown at Radley

Date: 25th February 2020
Time: 17.30-18.30
Lecturer: Clare Sargent
Location: Rewley House

The surviving account book of Capability Brown records receipt of £672 from Sir William Stonhouse at Radley Hall between 1770 and 1772. What did Brown do at Radley? What survives? And what can the contract tell us about Brown's client network?

Clare Sargent is Head of Archives at Radley College.


The Prehistory of the Upper Thames Valley: New Light on Ancient Landscapes

Date: 10th March 2020
Time: 17.30-18.30
Lecturer: Gill Hey
Location: Rewley House

In 1995 Richard Bradley delivered the Tom Hassall Lecture on the 'Earlier Prehistory of the Oxford Region', but by the time Volume 1 of 'Thames Through Time' was completed fifteen years later, new discoveries had shifted and enhanced our understanding of the period. In the same way, ten years further on again, new discoveries and the analyses of earlier excavations have made important contributions to our knowledge of life in the valley between 4,000 and 2,000 BC. This lecture will explore this new evidence and the extent to which it has changed our interpretation of the Neolithic and early Bronze Age of the Upper Thames.

Gill Hey has worked at Oxford Archaeology since 1986, and has wide-ranging research interests in Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement and landscape. She is now OA's Chief Executive Officer.

Tom Hassall Lecture Reception

Date: 10th March 2020
Time: 18.45-20.00
Location: Rewley House

A reception will be held for OAHS members immediately following the Tom Hassall Lecture on Tuesday 10 March at Rewley House. No charge but donations will be welcome. Numbers limited, booking essential.

Oxfordshire Past 2020

Date: 13th June 2020
Time: 10.00-16.00
Location: Banbury

This enjoyable annual event in the Oxfordshire calendar is for anyone interested in history, buildings and archaeology. There are stalls and exhibitors throughout the day. Click for more details