Lectures

** Booking is required for all online lectures **


Our lecture series this year will take place online using the Zoom platform.
As Zoom only allows 100 people to log in for each lecture, booking is restricted to OAHS members, however, one booking covers everyone who will be listening on one device, so your household companions are welcome to join you.

We will record each of the lectures, if the speaker agrees, for anyone who was unable to join live and they will be available shortly afterwards for one month.


Bookings are closed the day before the lecture unless we are already at capacity.


If you are new to Zoom, we held a short practice Zoom session in early October so if you would like to see how Zoom works before hand, please see the recording linked below. You can also read more about how it works on the How to Zoom Help pages

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If this is your first visit or you haven't logged in to your OAHS account for a while, you may need to contact the Webmanager to reset your login name and password, email

Zoom Practice Lecture


Date: 07 October 2020
Time: 19:30:00
Lecturer: OAHS
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free
Closing Date for Bookings: 06 October 2020


Host: Peter Steere, Membership Secretary, OAHS
A practice session for any OAHS members who would like to brush up their knowledge of how to use Zoom in advance of the first lecture.

This lecture is now over. Click to view the recordings page (member login required)

Zoom Practice Lecture


Date: 09 October 2020
Time: 19:30:00
Lecturer: OAHS
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 100
Closing Date for Bookings: 08 October 2020


Host: Peter Steere, Membership Secretary, OAHS
A practice session for any OAHS members who would like to brush up their knowledge of how to use Zoom in advance of the first lecture.

This lecture is now over. Click to view the recordings page (member login required)

Standards, Spikes and Swedish Ironstamps


Date: 13 October 2020
Time: 17:30:00
Lecturer: David Clark
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 100
Closing Date for Bookings: 12 October 2020


THE OXFORDSHIRE BUILDINGS RECORD LECTURE
Standards, Spikes and Swedish Ironstamps: An exploration of the world of Oxford's historic railings
Designed to protect private spaces yet also be transparent, iron railings are an important element of Oxford's streetscape. However, they have been variously ignored, mistreated, wilfully removed, replaced with replicas, and misinterpreted. This talk will show that, despite all these issues, Oxford has a rich ironwork heritage that deserves greater recognition.

David Clark is Secretary of the Oxfordshire Buildings Record and a former President of the Vernacular Architecture Group, and he chairs OAHS's Listed Buildings Sub-committee.
This lecture is also open to OBR members.

This lecture is now over. Click to view the recordings page (member login required)

The Poor Law in the 18th Century


Date: 17 November 2020
Time: 17:30:00
Lecturer: Deborah Hayter
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 100
Closing Date for Bookings: 16 November 2020


The Poor Law in the 18th Century: The Crisis in Oxfordshire Parishes
Parishes had been made formally responsible for the relief of their own poor in 1601, and this seemed to work well enough throughout the 17th century. Using information from Banbury and other Oxfordshire parishes, this talk will show how growing unemployment in the 18th century meant that by 1800 many parishes were in crisis with large numbers of poor claiming their parish 'rights' and overwhelming the parish system.

Deborah Hayter MA did a diploma course in English Local History followed by an MA at the Centre for English Local History at Leicester. Since then she has taught many local history courses at Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education, and is often asked to speak to local history societies. She has lived most of her life in North Oxfordshire but now lives just across the river Cherwell in south Northamptonshire, and is an active committee member of the Banbury Historical Society.

This lecture is now over. Click to view the recordings page (member login required)

William Butterfield in Oxfordshire


Date: 08 December 2020
Time: 17:30:00
Lecturer: Geoffrey Tyack
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free
No of Places: 110
Closing Date for Bookings: 07 December 2020


William Butterfield (1814-1900) was arguably the most creative of all the Victorian Gothic Revival architects. Keble College, built to his designs between 1868 and 1876, is his most famous Oxford building, and it still has the power to delight and astonish anyone who is open-minded enough to appreciate the poetry of architecture. But Butterfield’s hand can also be traced in other Oxford colleges, notably Merton and Balliol, in his restorations of medieval Oxfordshire churches such as Dorchester Abbey, and in the design of new village churches at Horton-cum-Studley, Milton (near Banbury) and elsewhere. This lecture will survey Butterfield's achievement and will, hopefully, encourage members to explore his fascinating and sometimes little-known Oxfordshire buildings for themselves.

Dr Geoffrey Tyack is the current President of OAHS. He is an architectural historian, and has written extensively on the architecture of Oxford and Oxfordshire.

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