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Programme of Events for 2017

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Longworth & District History Society's Calendar for 2017

NB Tickets usually required for all outings as numbers are strictly limited. If you reserve a ticket but find you cannot attend, please inform Pam so this can be offered to others. Queries: Pam: 01865-820500.
All talks take place in Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, on the third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise mentioned. Timed for 7.15 for 7.30 start.
Thursday 19th January

Brian Durham
Brian Durham

“What would a Percy Manning (d. 1917) collect now"?  New thoughts on old questions in Oxfordshire.

Brian Durham retired as Archaeologist to Oxford City Council in 2008, following a 35-year career in English field archaeology. In this talk he looks back at questions that have tantalised him, and applies newly available LIDAR data from the Environment Agency to a few of these, including how a traveller from Longworth would have crossed the Thames to Oxford over the past two millennia.
Thursday 16th February

Nick Shippobotham
Nick Shippobotham

“Edward Loveden: The Man who Created Buscot Park”

Nick Shippobotham is a native of Cardiff, a product of Bristol Grammar School and a graduate of Cambridge University. He began training as an accountant before escaping to life as a computer programmer. His enjoyment of history began with an interest in his own family tree and in 2011 he privately published his family's story. He moved to Stanford in the Vale in 2013 and, as well as collaborating in the publication of the life of Edward Loveden, has been writing short stories for the amusement of himself and a few friends.
Tuesday 21st February Annual General Meeting.

AGM To be held in the Southmoor Village Hall Swallow Room at 7.30. A chance to vote and discuss what we do and how we should do it – new ideas welcome. Followed by a local historical quiz, plus free wine and nibbles.
Thursday 16th March

Mark Davies

Mark Davies

“Professors of Rowing”

I am an Oxford local historian and guide, with a particular interest the history and literature of the non-University aspects of the city, and especially its waterways, having lived on a narrowboat in Oxford since 1992. My talks on the influence of the River Thames on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' and this one on the University Boat Race are the main exceptions to my focus on ‘Town’ history, as opposed to ‘Gown’. I have written and published seven local interest books on the topics above, published many articles, and speak occasionally about Oxford’s history and also modern boat-life on radio and TV.
Thursday 20th April

Eric Sidebottom

Eric Sidebottom

“The History of Penicillin”'.

Eric Sidebottom was born in the Peak District of Derbyshire, educated in Lancashire and Oxford, qualified in Medicine from Oxford and Barts in 1963. He spent most of his life teaching medicine and researching cancer in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology and as Medical Tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford. In the early 1990s he had five years as Assistant Director of Clinical Research at The Imperial Cancer Research Fund. He continues his career as a budding medical historian and freelance lecturer. He has recently published a guide book on the nine century history of Oxford medicine. Current interests, other than medical history, include children (3), grandchildren (7), travel and stained glass.
Thursday 18th May

Martin Buckland
Martin Buckland  

 "The Invisible Brick – revealed in language and literature, film and fiction, music and murder”

Martin Buckland has been interested in Industrial Archaeology from the age of four when watching Great Western trains with his Dad at Iver where he was born. Nearly seven decades later he is involved with the Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre and with the restoration of the Wilts & Berks and other canals. Synopsis of the talk 'The Invisible Brick - Revealed in Language and Literature, Film and Fiction, Music and Murder, in the local area and much more.' A different look at an article so abundant that it becomes invisible. There will be real bricks to look at and handle as well as numerous pictures relating to the world of bricks - you may be surprised that many are not of bricks themselves!
Thursday 15th June @ 6.30pm


Elizabeth Hazeldene

Mary Blandy’s Henley walk.

Elizabeth will lead a walk around Mary Blandy’s Henley. Parking in Greys Road and Kings Road car park, or if on a minibus, in Station Road car park.
Meet outside St Mary's Church, Hart Street, at 6.30pm for our tour.
£6.50 per person, but a max. of 25 people
so a ticket must be purchased beforehand. (Tickets cost: Members £6.50 Non-members welcome at £8.)


Thursday 13th July @ 6.30pm

Visit to Wallingford

Wallingford Town Walk.

A guided town walk around the town of Wallingford from 6.30pm to approx. 8.30pm followed by a visit to the museum.  Tea/coffee will be served during the tour. (The museum ticket will be re-usable at any time till the end of November 2017)
Car parking should be easy at that time - the nearby Waitrose (free after 5pm), should have spaces available, but a list of the other car parks, of which St Georges Road is closest will be printed on back of tickets. Parking also in the Cattlemarket, or Goldsmiths Lane. Meet at the entrance at 6.30pm for our tour.
(Tickets cost: Members £10. Non-members £12.)



Summer Break No Meeting

Thursday 21st September

Peter Keene
Peter Keene

‘A Green Walk with Handles’

Peter Keene leads us on a 4 mile walk - Harrowdown Hill, River Thames and Newbridge. If you cannot make the 'uphill' trip then a lift can be arranged, if booked beforehand with Janet Keene 01865 820522')

Peter  is well known to us all, in leading many walks, as a local author and his service on the history society committee almost since its inception.

Meet for 2pm start from Longworth Village Square.

Thursday 19th October

Liz Woolley

Liz Woolley

“Beer, Sausages and Marmalade: food, drink and politics in Victorian Oxford”

Liz lives in Oxford and has a Diploma and an MSc in English Local History from the University’s Department of Continuing Education. She is particularly interested in Oxford’s “town” as opposed to “gown”  history and in the lives of ordinary working citizens in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Thursday 16th November

Simon Wentworth

Simon Wenham

“Salters Steamers”

Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department where he teaches the ‘Exploring the Victorian Age‘ and the ‘Investigating the Victorians‘ courses. His doctoral research at the University of Oxford was on the history of Salter Bros Ltd, an Oxford-based Thames boat firm. The thesis was turned into the book Pleasure Boating on the Thames: a History of Salter Bros 1858 – Present Day
Thursday 07th December



“Our Christmas Feast Entertainment”

Pandemonium are a folk and ceilidh band from Wantage and will be providing our musical entertainment. They are known to love singing and playing instruments with the emphasis always on having fun. We shall have our usual glass of 'Cingestun Punch' on arrival that evening, followed by the Feast. Afterwards we shall listen to local folk songs (and some to join in with), and funny stories. Do come and have some fun.


If you would like more information or have any questions, please do get in touch.

Ideas for talks and visits

We are always looking for interesting speakers, subjects and possible visits. If you know of an interesting historical subject, or a place of interest you would like to suggest, please let us know.