Iffley History Society

2016-2017 programme of events is about to start!

The first meeting is Tuesday 18th October, at 7.30pm in Iffley Church Hall.
It will start with the AGM.
All those who were members of the Society last year will have received a printed (gold) programme card, the Autumn Newsletter, and the papers relevant to the AGM (Agenda, Minutes of the Previous AGM,  Chairman’s & Treasurer’s Report) either in print or in their email inbox. The tradition is to treat these items as readso that  we can all start enjoying the evenings talk with as small a delay as possible!

After the AGM, Mark Davies will start the year of talks on “Travel & Exploration” with his talk on “James Sadler: Oxford pastry cook and first English aeronaut”  markdavies

Mark Davies is a historian, author, public speaker, guide, and publisher specialising in the history of non-University Oxford, with a particular focus on the city’s waterways.  His published titles in this area of interest include  A Towpath Walk in Oxford (2001/2012), The Abingdon Waterturnpike Murder (2003/2008) and Alice in Waterland (2010/2012).  Mark also supplied the text for  the Royal Geographical Society’s ‘City of Streams and Spires’ waterside walk from Oxford to Sandford-on-Thames. (This is available as a free pdf & audio download – Item 16 is Iffley Lock!)

More recently Mark has turned his research interests upwards : in 2015 he published King of All Balloons: the Adventurous Life of James Sadler, the First English Aeronaut  & he has distilled his discoveries into an illustrated talk.

Hot air bajassadballlloons have nowadays become almost a regular sight above Iffley – but it is easy to imagine just how astonishing the sight of anybody floating above the earth must have been in the 1780s ….