Lectures

Bookings now open for lectures in 2022


** SORRY - The lecture by Martyn Allen on Graven Hill Through Time has been postponed. A new date will be fixed shortly and everyone who has booked will be emailed with the new details.

Our lectures in January and February will be held online using Zoom. As Zoom only allows 100 people to log in for each lecture, OAHS members will be given priority. One booking covers everyone who will be listening on one device, so your household companions are welcome to join you.

We hope it will be possible to hold the Tom Hassall Lecture at Rewley House in March. Booking for the Tom Hassall Lecture will open in February.

We will record each of the lectures, if the speaker agrees, for anyone who was unable to join live and the recording will be available shortly afterwards for one month.

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Lincoln College Chapel and the Rebirth of Stained Glass in England


Date: 11 January 2022
Time: 17.30
Lecturer: Mark Kirby
Location: Online on Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 100
Closing Date for Bookings: 09 January 2022


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The seventeenth century saw a sudden revival in English stained and painted glass, in which Oxford played a particularly important role. This talk will compare Lincoln's windows with others in Oxford, and describe the use by glaziers of continental engraved religious prints for their designs. Their study requires detective work in the search for sixteenth and seventeenth century prints depicting Jonah and the whale, the Resurrection, and other biblical themes.
Dr Mark Kirby is an architectural historian with a special interest in church architecture of the 17th century, and is currently the Chairman of Council of the Ecclesiological Society. As Child-Shuffrey Fellow at Lincoln College, he is studying the College Chapel and Chapel Quad for a book to be published as part of the 2027 celebrations of the 600th anniversary of the college's foundation.


POSTPONED
Graven Hill Through Time: Recent Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, medieval and post-medieval discoveries to the south of Bicester


Date: 25 January 2022
Time: 17.30
Lecturer: Martyn Allen
Location: Online on Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 100
Closing Date for Bookings: 23 January 2022


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Recent excavations by Oxford Archaeology in advance of the Graven Hill Village Development at the former MoD Bicester site have revealed discoveries dating between the middle Iron Age and the post-medieval period. These include a small middle Iron Age settlement, a late Iron Age/early Roman settlement, a well-preserved section of Roman Akeman Street, an Anglo-Saxon cremation burial, and the significant remains of a 12th to 14th century farmstead, possibly a previously unknown manor house south of the deserted medieval village at Wretchwick and Bicester town. This talk will present a summary of these discoveries and assess their significance within the wider landscape, shedding light on changes that occurred around Graven Hill over the past 1,500 years.

Martyn Allen is a Senior Project Manager in the post-excavation team at Oxford Archaeology.


Inscribed Dates and Building Rituals


Date: 08 February 2022
Time: 17.30
Lecturer: David Clark
Location: Online on Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 100
Closing Date for Bookings: 06 February 2022


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Using examples collected by Oxfordshire Buildings Record members during lockdown, this talk will look not only at the few early vernacular examples but also at the organised ceremonies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries associated with the laying of foundation stones and other aspects of building rituals.

David Clark is Secretary of the Oxfordshire Buildings Record and a former President of the Vernacular Architecture Group. He chairs OAHS's Listed Buildings Sub-committee, and is a former Treasurer of the Society.


Invisible Labour: Working Women in Oxford 1881-1921


Date: 22 February 2022
Time: 17.30
Lecturer: Anne Laurence
Location: Online on Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 100
Closing Date for Bookings: 20 February 2022


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Women's work remains an elusive topic despite the efforts of historians over the past half century. Much female employment was part-time, or occasional, and went unrecorded. Women in Oxford worked in traditional female trades such as domestic service, needle trades, nursing, victualling, laundry and running lodging houses. They worked in female institutions such as women’s colleges, girls’ schools and reformatories. But there were also women greengrocers, butchers, an umbrella maker, a tripe dresser and crumpet maker. And what difference did the First World War make? The release of the 1921 Census in January 2022 will show how far women's paid work was transformed by the war and by the development of the motor works.

Anne Laurence is Emeritus Professor of History at the Open University. She organised the community history project in 2018 commemorating the 37 men from New and South Hinksey killed in the First World War. She is currently working on women's work, waged and unwaged, in Oxford.


THE TOM HASSALL LECTURE 2022
Roman Oxfordshire: Recent Research and Discoveries


Date: 8 March 2022
Time: 17.30
Lecturer: Edward Biddulph and Andy Simmonds
Location: to be confirmed
Cost: Free
No of Places: to be confirmed
Booking for this lecture will open in February


The scale of development-led archaeological work in recent years means that our picture of Roman Oxfordshire is constantly evolving. In this lecture we will highlight recent discoveries, from both commercial and research excavations, and examine what these can tell us about life in the county during the Roman period.

Edward Biddulph is a Senior Project Manager at Oxford Archaeology and a Roman pottery specialist.

Andy Simmonds is a Senior Project Manager in Oxford Archaeology's post-excavation team.