Only a few more weeks to go before the first evening lecture – Tuesday 20th October – of the Society’s 2015-2016 programme. Members will shortly be getting a letter drop with printed newsletter etc. But every one – including those considering joining or just wondering if there was a talk (or two) they could come to as a visitor (door charge of £2 to £3 per talk)- can already check what will be on offer here
Between then and now the young at heart have the delights of the current manifestation of St Giles’ Fair to enjoy on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 September 2015. (For the resulting traffic diversions check the City Council) Henry Taunt took many photographs in its late Victorian/early Edwardian versions – and English Heritage have brought together 20 of them to create a Photo Essay which is available free online. Each photo has a caption provided by Dr Malcolm Graham, whom Society members know well as we have been lucky enough to have him as a speaker on a number of occasions.
Just time to draw breath, then there will be the excitement of Oxford Open Doors (mostly over weekend of 12 & 13 September) I’m sure many of the events which require booking are filling up fast – but there are many on a just come and see basis! For example if you haven’t discovered Bartlemas Chapel in Cowley (rents from Iffley contributed towards the costs of the leper hospital it served) or haven’t been to the top of the Saxon tower of St Michael at the North Gate, weather permitting! – this September may be your opportunity…
(Several members of the Iffley History Society had their “Time Team” moment by joining Archeox during the 2011 dig around the chapel. Click on the picture below if you are interested in reading the various site reports.)