The Society is now in summer recess.
Look out for deliveries of our 2017-2018 programme through Iffley letterboxes in September. (The first meeting of the new programme year will be in October.)
In the meantime, we post here some entertainments of historical interest available reasonably locally for all generations.
First, two free exhibitions at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock
Discovering Wychwood: Living and Working in A Royal Forest is on until 17th September 2017. “Until the 19th century, West Oxfordshire was the Royal Forest of Wychwood. The forest ruled the region for over 800 years influencing its landscape, buildings, industries and way of life. Experience a taste of what it was like to live here at the time of the Forest and experience its great legacy.”
The Heroes of the Viking World is on from 01 July 2017 to 01 October 2017
The exhibition is in collaboration with the Jorvik Viking Centre (York City) – but the displays will include archaeological evidence of the Vikings from Oxford too.
Traffic Alert! The very popular BBC Countryfile Live takes place 3 to 6 August at Blenheim Palace. Experience from last year is that a certain amount of traffic queuing is likely between Begbroke and the Bladon turn off – as the visitors to Countryfile Live are filtered off into parking before the road reaches Woodstock. So be prepared for delays.
Also free is Which Jane Austen? at the Weston Library in Broad St Oxford. This is subtitled (so to speak) War, empire and business: an exhibition on Jane Austen’s unexplored life. So we are claiming that it has historical interest too. It is on until 29 October.