Our popular programme of excursions and open-air walks around Oxfordshire is back for 2022 when you can join a friendly group to explore our county with an expert guide.

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Michael Wood: The Story of England - Kibworth Revisited
A Lecture in support of the Victoria County History of Oxfordshire
Merton College, Oxford, Monday 26 September at 6pm
Tickets £15 including a glass of wine at a short post-lecture drinks reception
In 2010 the BBC aired Michael Wood's 'Story of England' series, which (rather like the VCH) explored national history through the experiences of a single place, Kibworth in Leicestershire. Michael Wood will revisit the series, assessing new finds and exploring its long-term impact on community history.

All proceeds will go to the VCH Oxfordshire Trust to support its fundraising for the completion of the VCH Oxfordshire series.

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Oxfordshire Past 2022

took place at Banbury Museum and Gallery on 9th July with a full programme of speakers and stalls, and included the 2022 OAHS AGM.

Talks included: Recent archaeological work in the city of Oxford :: Oxfordshire Buildings Record activity in 2021 :: Excavations at Drayton Lodge Farm, Banbury :: Banbury Remembered :: Archaeology in Oxfordshire in 2021 :: Beacons of the Past :: Update on the work of the Victoria County History :: Heroes of the Viking World :: A tour of the museum gallery by Simon Townsend

Spring Newsletter

Our annual newsletter has been posted to all members but you can also read or download it. It contains details of the upcoming AGM at Oxfordshire Past 2022 on 9th July and reports from committee members. OAHS Newsletter-Spring2022
For anyone who wishes to enjoy and understand Oxford's matchless architectural heritage:
The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack £35.00

The Historic Heart of Oxford University tells the story of the growth of the forum Universitatis– as the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor called it – and relates it to the broader history of the University and the city.
Based on up-to-date scholarship, and drawing upon the author's own research into Oxford's architectural history and the work of Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor, James Gibbs and Giles Gilbert Scott, each of the eight chapters focuses on the gestation, creation and subsequent history of a single building, or pair of buildings, relating them to developments in the University's intellectual and institutional life, and to broader themes in architectural and urban history.
191 pages, 250 x 210mm
ISBN: 978-1851245284
Hardback, £35.00
The Making of the Urban Landscape tells the story of our towns and cities and how they came into being over the last two millennia, from Roman and Anglo-Saxon times, through the Norman Conquest and the later Middle Ages to the 'great rebuilding' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the 'polite townscapes' of the eighteenth, and the commercial and industrial towns and cities of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The final chapter then takes the story from the end of the Second World War to the present, from the New Towns of the immediate post-war era to the trendy converted warehouses of Shoreditch.
384 pages, 24.18 x 15.95 cm
ISBN: ‎ 978-0198792635
Hardback, £25 ‎

JUST PUBLISHED: A History of the County of Oxford XX: The South Oxfordshire Chilterns: Caversham, Goring, and Area

A unique multi-disciplinary study of a key part of the Oxfordshire Chilterns over a thousand years, based on intensive new research and exploring landscape, settlement, farming, and social and religious life.

ISBN: 9781904356547 pp 546 3.05 x 2.09 cm 65 b/w, 8 colour, 23 line illus.

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The OAHS journal Oxoniensia is available online. It is one of the foremost archaeological, architectural, and local history journals in the country. It includes excavation reports, surveys of buildings and standing structures, and articles on the history and topography of Oxford and Oxfordshire. The year's volume is generally published towards the end of the year.
Volume 86 (2021) is now available ONLINE to all OAHS members

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The Archaeology of Oxford in the 21st Century
Anne Dodd, Stephen Mileson, Leo Webley
A major new contribution to the archaeology and history of Oxford, including introductory chapters by Tom Hassall and David Radford.
OAHS is delighted to announce the publication of its first Occasional Paper, a 480-page, full colour volume on 'The Archaeology of Oxford in the 21st Century', available for just £30 + p&p.

This richly illustrated volume is based on excavations in central Oxford carried out by Oxford Archaeology and mainly focuses on the Middle Ages. It includes new evidence about the city’s inns, colleges, and craft workshops, as well as supplying remarkable insights into diet and everyday life in the Jewish quarter.
The volume includes a new synthesis of current knowledge of Oxford's archaeology by city archaeologist David Radford, and a review of changing approaches to urban archaeology by Tom Hassall. One of the most exciting findings was the first very likely medieval Jewish signature in British archaeology.

Read an extract of The Archaeology of Oxford: Current Knowledge and Future Prospects by David Radford

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