A-Z LECTURES and CATEGORIES

Area: Oxfordshire

'Founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region ... The Society organises monthly lectures by acknowledged authorities on topics related to history and archaeology and to those of Abingdon in particular. There is also, during each summer, a programme of visits to sites of particular significance ...  The Local History Group provides a forum and meeting point for members with a particular interest in the local history of Abingdon and its region.' The Lambrick Lecture is an Annual Lecture for the Society held in memory of Gabrielle Lambrick.

'The Society organises a varied programme of meetings and observing evenings throughout most of the year and tries to cater for all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to experienced astronomers. Our closeness to both the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Oxfordshire’s “Space Centre”) and to the University of Oxford ensures a steady stream of high-quality lectures.'

'We have a published programme of events featuring a range of activities to give variety and interest to members, whatever stage or level of skill they are at. These include evenings when members or guest speakers show and talk about their pictures ...'

'The Abingdon Museum Friends ... work with Abingdon County Hall Museum as a focal point for Abingdon’s residents and interested parties. Abingdon County Hall, completed in 1682, dominates the centre of this ancient town, once the county town of Berkshire. Its principal creator, Christopher Kempster, was one of Sir Christopher Wren’s masons ... The Abingdon Museum Friends raise funds mainly through membership subscriptions, as well as historical talks, quizzes, and events.'

'The objective of the Abingdon Horticultural Society, which was founded in 1885, is to promote the advancement of horticulture generally, and especially among amateur gardeners, by means of talks, demonstrations, shows and otherwise.'

'Sett up in 1967 by wildlife lovers, to give an opportunity to learn about the natural world around us, promote conservation, and - just as important - to get out and see it in the company of experts and friends. Butterflies, bats, fowl, flora, fungi: all on the agenda ... We welcome new members, and non-members are welcome at our events.'

Normally, 'the Society currently meets twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays ... The first meeting, called a Club Night, takes place on the first Wednesday in the month and generally consists of a presentation by an external speaker ...'.

Category Africa

'Apart from hosting and working with regional study groups and running frequent workshops and conferences to disseminate research findings and publicise topical issues, the Centre runs a weekly seminar on Thursdays where scholars and postdoctoral researchers in Oxford and from different parts of the world present their work. The Centre also regularly hosts prominent African statesmen, leaders, entrepreneurs, social activists, intellectuals, thinkers, scholars, writers, artistes, and others who are interested in Africa and African affairs.'

'The College hosts many lectures and seminars, including those by lecturers appointed by the University and associated with All Souls ... These lectures are open to the public and information about the lectures is posted as soon as it is available.'

'The Ashmolean is first and foremost a University museum. We are committed to making our collections and expertise accessible for academic engagement at Oxford and in partnership with universities worldwide. The Museum is a world-class resource to enrich all kinds of intellectual enquiry, and our curators' scholarship contributes to teaching throughout the Oxford curriculum.'

'Founded in 1958 by a group of local historians to encourage research into the local history of Banbury town and its hinterland. Our annual programme of activities runs from September to July, with lectures from September through to Easter and then a varied programme of outings and events in the summer. We meet for the lectures at 7.30 pm on the second Thursday of each month ... Members and visitors are made very welcome at our meetings.'

'The Society meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month between September and May and endeavours to provide the medium through which fellow collectors can meet and enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of stamp collecting and its related fields. We foster a friendly and informal atmosphere, with the minimum necessary formality, in which both novice and philatelist alike can co-exist and thrive. The programme of events covers most branches of philately without too much emphasis on any one sphere.'

Category Oxfordshire

Member of BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT Grouping

'Bicester Camera Club is the ideal group to join if you're interested in taking your enjoyment of photography to the next level, or just want to learn more about your camera and how it works for you ... The Club meets every other Monday evening throughout the year (with adjustments for Bank Holidays), at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. Photographers of all levels of experience and ability are welcome to join us.'

'Founded in 1986 and is a successor to Bicester Local History Circle, which ran in the town for many years under the leadership of Gwendoline Dannatt. BLHS came together when members of an abandoned adult education class, studying the 1851 census, decided to form an interest group ... The Upcoming Talks page in the Meetings & Events section lists the forthcoming popular monthly talks that we have organised, some of which focus on Bicester, others on more general local history themes.'

'Blackfriars is a "Priory", the home of a community of Dominican Friars who open their doors to others, welcoming university students, researchers, men training for priesthood – and many local people who join us for religious services and social events. It is a place of friendly spiritual and intellectual encounter, where faith and reason enter into deep dialogue with the modern world ... Research and debate at Blackfriars are focussed around our two Institutes: The Aquinas Institute; The Las Casas Institute for Social Justice ... The Institutes’ research is propagated into the wider society by means of conferences, talks, books, online resources, and through a developing outreach programme for schools. An annual residential summer school run by the Aquinas Institute offers an introduction to theology for young adults.'

'The Bodleian Libraries is the library service supporting the University of Oxford ... Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; as well as 27 other libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries ... The Bodleian Libraries are also a key part of Oxford’s cultural community and leads an exciting programme of public exhibitions and events to engage communities with our collections ... The Friends of the Bodleian are invited to a lively programme of lectures, exhibitions and concerts designed to explore and enjoy the Libraries’ holdings.'

'Formed in early 2019, we organise monthly talks for anyone interested in military history over the last 200 years from Nelson’s times to the present day. With top quality talks given by writers, academics, former military personnel, and experts in their field with a wide variety of topics ... we can accommodate up to 100 people at each talk in pleasant surroundings, offering a warm and welcoming evening out.'

'Formed in 2005, we are well established amongst the other national societies and enjoy a strong, enthusiastic membership of all ages and abilities, the group being administered by a core committee ... We try and observe whenever conditions and other commitments allow and invite everyone to join us under the stars. Regardless of the weather, however, we also meet once a month in Chipping Norton for a talk by a professional astronomer or CNAAG member and a warm welcome is guaranteed if you care to come along.'

'Chipping Norton Literary Festival is created and run by volunteers. All the fizz and sparkle of the Festival days is a result of year round tireless work by a small army of people who put their enthusiasm and skills – and above all their love of books - to work for their festival and their community.'  Normally held Mid April.

'Keep up to date with what is going on at Corpus. Read the latest news together with information about special lectures, delivered by distinguished speakers,  and other academic events.'

Category Oxford

Member of the Council of Christians and Jews Grouping

'For generations people have brought their gifts and skills to enhance the life of Dorchester Abbey and this tradition continues as a huge variety of groups and organisations hire and use the Abbey each year as the venue for a wide and vibrant programme of concerts, theatre, visual arts and other events.'

'Enstone is the main village within a cluster of 9 hamlets making up Enstone Parish. It lies on the A44 between Woodstock and Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire ... Enstone History Society runs a series of events throughout the year ... Currently, the membership stands at around 65 but new members are always welcome.'

Category Asia

'Launched in 2001 and, since then, has brought over 200 academics, artists and other performers from around the world to Oxford Brookes for scholarly talks and other public events.'

Category Antiquity

'The Oxford Classics faculty, with some sixty permanent post holders, is one of the largest in the world, and Classics students never have the sense of being in a small minority within the university: over 150 undergraduates and almost 100 graduates are admitted to read classical subjects each year. We can offer an unparalleled range of undergraduate and graduate courses, catering for a huge range of interests. The Faculty hosts three research centres and over twenty research projects, while the research of individual faculty members covers almost every aspect of life, literature and art in the ancient world.'

'Since 1993, the Global Retreat Centre at Nuneham House (administered by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UK) has welcomed thousands of people from across the world. They come to restore balance and focus to their life through solitude, silence and the study of spiritual values ... Our events range from residential retreats to talks and courses, for grass roots workers in the community to dialogues for leading thinkers on international and environmental issues. All aim to provide insights and experiences into the basics of meditation and the application of values. Whatever your reason for visiting, you will find a warm welcome, a calming and unpretentious atmosphere, and sensitive and experienced speakers.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Great Western Society exists to preserve, restore and operate, as a permanent public exhibition and museum, locomotives, rolling stock, equipment machinery and relics of historical operational and general interest and educational value with particular reference to the former Great Western Railway and its successors following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948 and also to collect, make available for public reference and publish information concerning the history, equipment and operation of the former Great Western and other railways ... The Great Western Society has local groups which organise meetings and events in the Bristol, Oxford, South West (Torbay), Swindon and Taunton areas. The Groups also support the Society by undertaking practical work at Didcot or locally and through the vital elements of fundraising and local publicity.'

'Green Templeton has a busy and varied calendar of events throughout the year, ranging from lectures and seminars to workshops and panel discussions, attracting high profile speakers and experts.'

'The Humanities Division is one of four academic divisions in the University of Oxford, bringing together nine faculties and the Ruskin School of Art. Our faculties are among the largest in the world, enabling Oxford to offer an education in Arts and Humanities unparalleled in its range of subjects, from music and fine art to ancient and modern languages ... The Faculties within the Humanities run a number of public lectures throughout the year.'

Category Oxfordshire

Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology Grouping

Category America - South

'As a centre for the study of the region, the LAC serves as a venue for debating ongoing research and relevant current affairs. Leading international scholars and key public figures from the region regularly contribute to the LAC’s flagship weekly seminar.'

'The Longworth & District History Society has been researching the history of this area since 1995 ... The Society has progressed from strength to strength with exceptional talks attracting many people, some travelling in from well outside our villages ... Summer visits are increasingly popular and it is not uncommon for visits to local farms or village walks linked to country houses to attract up to 70 people.'

'Mansfield hosts a lively and engaging series of free public talks, every Friday from 5.30pm, during Oxford University term time ... The talks are open to all and as such are an important element of the College’s public engagement efforts.'

'The Marcham Society was founded in 1994 to encourage community interest in the history, natural history and environment of the village and the local area. We arrange eight evening meetings each year with talks by guest speakers or members. There are monthly walks and group visits to local places of interest. Projects include local history, building recording, coppicing and surveys of the churchyard, hedgerows, birds, and butterflies.'

Category Booksellers

'Mostly Books Meets… is a podcast series that sees us speak to incredible authors, journalists, poets and professionals from the world of publishing. We’ll be asking them about the books that shaped them – from their childhood favourites to the book that changed their life.'

'The oldest botanic garden in the UK, founded on July 25th 1621. Established as the Oxford Physic Garden for growing medicinal plants used to teach medical students, the Garden was the birthplace of botanical sciences at Oxford. It became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden in the 1830s to reflect its role in experimental botany ... Situated in Nuneham Courtenay, Harcourt Arboretum is only 20 mins drive from Oxford Botanic Garden, with regular buses.'

'All our events are continuing to take place online. They are free and open to all. We welcome you just as warmly as ever to take part, and enjoy what’s on offer virtually. There’s a wonderful range of opportunities for you to explore some of the most pressing issues facing us today.'

'Oxford Civic Society is dedicated to the continuous improvement of Oxford as a wonderful city in which to live, work, study and relax. Appreciating our past, enjoying the present and pursuing a vision for the future are at the heart of what we do ... We run a year-round programme of Oxford-themed talks, walks and visits aimed to encourage an awareness and understanding of our city. The talks (free and open to all) are given by leading speakers in interesting locations across the city. Topics can include Oxford’s history, buildings, arts and science, and current development projects.'

'The Oxford Geology Group is a dynamic, growing and very active local geological society that has been in constant operation since 1957 ... Our varied programme of illustrated evening lectures runs throughout the year. Two lecture series run in parallel, one on the fourth Tuesday of the month and the other on the second Thursday of the month ... Lectures aim to cater for those starting out in the Earth and planetary sciences as well as those with some specialist knowledge.'

Category Oxford

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'In reviving the Oxford Festival – we are determined to reinforce our longstanding commitments to: * freedom of speech, debate, and diversity; and maintaining our tradition of courteous dialogue, allowing for contentious and difficult subjects to be publicly examined; * the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching; * providing platforms for as wide a range of published topics as possible.' Normally held Late March.

'The Oxford Philatelic Society was founded in 1890 ... Evening meetings are held monthly, usually on the third Monday of the month, and are at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. We also hold morning meetings in the darker months of November to March on the first Monday of the month, 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.'

'A progressive photographic club which has been in existence for over a hundred years. Our membership includes everyone from beginners to high-end achievers and as a club we are well respected within the U.K. photographic fraternity ... Our key activities include: Meetings – every Tuesday during our September – May season. This is our main point of contact with each other, The programme has a variety of guest speakers, competitions and discussion evenings, with occasional practical sessions ... '

Category Oxford

Member of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society Grouping

'Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning Museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages.'

Category Oxford

Member of the British Association of Numismatic Societies Grouping

Category Oxfordshire

Member of the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK Grouping

'Our objectives are "to further and promote the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment" ... We provide an educational programme for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper, including taster sessions, meetings and practical courses for beginners.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'Oxfordshire Gardens Trust is all about exploring and celebrating the wonderful parks and gardens in the county, both large and small, public and private, historic and contemporary. Join us to learn about them, their history and the challenge of caring for them in the 21st century. We have a fascinating programme of activities throughout the year, including lectures on a wide range of topics and guided visits to parks and gardens, often private and only accessible by special arrangement. Membership is a great opportunity to find out more and of course to make new friends.'

Founded 1997: 'Its purpose is to study the history of Radley and the surrounding area by any suitable means that members desire'.  Meetings 'are held on the second Monday evening of the month (apart from August) when speakers are invited to give talks on a range of local and historical topics. A visit or tour of a local building/place of interest is often arranged during the spring or summer'.

Category Oxford

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Didcot

Member of the RSPB - 6 South East England Grouping

'We aspire to be a world-class business school community, embedded in this world-class University, tackling world-scale problems ... Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and entrepreneurial business school deeply embedded in the world’s most prestigious university. We deliver cutting-edge education and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society.'

Category Banbury

Member of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association Grouping

'The Sibfords Society began in 1993 and changed its name to The Sibfords History Society in 2019. Meetings are held nine times each year. These include talks of historical interest and external visits during the summer. We concentrate mainly on the local area but are occasionally happy to invite speakers from further afield. We have an archive room where we preserve evidence for future generations.'

Aims: '* To promote an interest in local history among residents of Sutton Courtenay and the surrounding district by holding regular meetings and inviting guest speakers; * To undertake research on the history of the village and its neighbourhood; * To encourage and support research into family history'.

Category Arts Festivals

'We are an inclusive, community-driven arts and literature festival situated in the picturesque market town of Thame. Our mission is to inform, inspire and entertain people of all ages.' Normally held Mid October.

Category Oxford

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

Category Wantage

Member of The Arts Society - 6 South East England Grouping

'A hub for intellectual collaboration and cross disciplinary research projects, based in the Humanities at the University of Oxford. While our funding, training and networks develop research projects and careers, our engagement activity increases the social impact and understanding of humanities research amongst a wider public audience.'

'To create Talks and Series (such as Seminar Series and Conferences), you need to apply to become a Talks Editor. All members of the University are entitled to be a Talks Editor, if you are a student, please ask a member of staff to approve your application ... Please be aware that your talks will be advertised quite widely in the University. They may, for instance, be included in weekly digests and be added to people’s calendars. For this reason, please be sure to keep your talk information up-to-date ... The Home Page will show you all talks for the next 30 days - you can use the tabs to see tomorrow’s or next week’s talks.'

Category Wallingford

'Founded in 1973, initially in response to an appeal by Oxfordshire archaeologists for local people to keep a watching brief on development in the town, there being no statutory protection for archaeological access in those days. A well-attended public meeting decided to broaden the new Society's brief to include history and the desire to link documentary research with archaeological investigation has always been, and continues to be, a fundamental concept in our approach to research. The backbone of the Society's activities is the yearly series of monthly of talks.'

'An eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!'

'Founded in 1963 to “study nature and promote its conservation” West Oxfordshire Field Club is a natural history society based in Witney, Oxfordshire ... We have indoor meetings with invited speakers on the first Friday of each month from October to May at 7:30 pm ... and walks to places of natural history interest, usually local, throughout the year. We usually have two social events each year and organise the occasional long weekend away to areas of particular natural history interest. Each January we have a Members’ Night where members can share their own observations and interests.'

'We are a group of photographic enthusiasts who aim to help and encourage all members to take better photographs and to exhibit their work. We welcome all who are interested in photography, from the novice to the more experienced. We meet ... every Tuesday from 7.30pm, September through to May.  Our Club is open and ready to welcome you to come along and enjoy presentations from some of the world’s leading photographers and to experience masterclasses from experts in many genres of photography.'

'Our online calendar is packed with events, including lectures, concerts, plays, dinners, exhibitions and seminars.'

'Founded in 2009 with the aim of presenting high quality talks on literature to local book lovers, offering time to socialise after the talk with refreshment (a glass of wine at evening talks/tea and cake at afternoon talks). Since then its reputation and membership have grown and we are pleased to welcome members and visitors from Oxfordshire and beyond.'

'The Wychwoods Local History Society (WLHS) ... was founded by village members in 1981 ... With a thriving membership, the Society researches and publishes local and family history ... The Society in normal times meets once per month from September to May each year. Anyone with an interest in local history is very welcome to join us. We have guest speakers at every meeting ... On the edge of the former Royal Forest of Wychwood, Shipton under Wychwood, Milton under Wychwood and Ascott under Wychwood are adjacent villages in the valley of the river Evenlode in West Oxfordshire, on the eastern edge of the Cotswold Hills.'

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