Oxfordshire Past 2024

Every year, the OAHS holds an annual meeting for members, local societies and interested non-members. It is a day of short talks with display stands about the history, architecture and archaeology of the county. Each year it moves to a new town in the county and partners with a different local group or society. It is an opportunity for like-minded people to get together and hear about new and ongoing research in the county. It is a chance for members to meet the OAHS committee and to meet up with old friends and make new ones. It also includes the AGM which is held at the start of the event.

This year Oxfordshire Past will be held at The John Paul II Centre in Bicester on Saturday 15th June 2024 and we are pleased to be partnering with the Bicester Local History Society (BLHS). The day will once again involve a diverse programme of talks with a range of stalls and exhibits to visit throughout the day. If you would like to have a stall or advertise a project, publication or new research, please contact Becky Peacock

The venue is located in the heart of the town, with good access to nearby rail and bus networks as well as local car parks, with easy access from the A34, M40 and A41. There is parking at the venue, with 30 spaces available. Address of the venue is John Paul II Centre, Causeway, Bicester OX26 6AW.

Booking Tickets cost £10 and includes tea/coffee during the day and may be purchased in advance using the link below (there is a limit to the number of places so book early to avoid disappointment). Online payments are preferred but you may send a cheque made payable to OAHS along with your name and full address to Becky Peacock, Oxfordshire Past, Janus House, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES.

Refreshments There will be two refreshment breaks of 30 minutes in the event with complimentary tea and coffee included in the ticket price. There is a 1 hour lunch break where catering is not provided. However there are places across the town to enjoy a light lunch or you are more than welcome to bring a picnic or packed lunch with you.

Accessibility There are accessible toilets at the venue and refreshments will be served in the same room as the event. The venue has audio-visual support and a hearing loop and details of this and other accessibility information will be provided with your ticket when you book or is on the website.

The draft programme is below but may be subject to change. If you would like to be a future host, offer a talk or bring a stall for your organisation to Oxfordshire Past, please contact Becky Peacock

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9.45-10.00 Registration
10.00Introduction Geoffrey Tyack, OAHS Chairman
10.00-10.20OAHS AGM 2024All OAHS Members Welcome
10.20Welcome to Oxfordshire Past 2024Geoffrey Tyack
10.25-10.45Recent archaeological work in the city of OxfordDavid Radford, Oxford City Archaeologist
10.45-11.05The archaeology of Graven Hill and the wider areaSteven Lawrence, Oxford Archaeology
11.05Coffee break30 min break
11.35-11.55Update on the work of the Victoria County History Simon Townley, Victoria County History
11.55-12.15Recent archaeological work across OxfordshireVicky Green, Oxfordshire County Council
12.15-12.30The new online resource project of the Oxfordshire Records SocietyWilliam Gibson, Oxfordshire Records Society
12.30Lunch break1 hour break
13.30Welcome and introduction by BLHSBob Hessian Chair, Bicester Local History Society
13.35-13.55History of Bicester RailwaysBob Hessian
13.55-14.20Oxfordshire Buildings Record activity in 2024David Clark, Oxfordshire Buildings Record
14.20-14.35Society news and recent projectsVarious
14.35Tea break30 minute break
15.05-15.25Updates from Across the Border - recent discoveries in North BucksLucy Lawrence, Buckinghamshire County Council
15.25-15.50The archaeologies of Bicester Priory Julian Munby, Chair, Oxfordshire Buildings Record and OAHS Librarian
15.50-15.45Closing addressGeoffrey Tyack and Bob Hessian
16.00Close of event

Previous Oxfordshire Past events, locations and their co-hosts

Are you and your society or organisation interested in partnering with us for future events? If you would like to be a host or bring a stall for your organisation to Oxfordshire Past, please contact Becky Peacock
15th June 2024BicesterJohn Paul II CentreSee above for Outline Programme
17th June 2023AbingdonAbingdon GuildhallProgramme
9th July 2022BanburyBanbury Museum and GalleryProgramme
12th June 2021OnlineProgramme
13th June 2020BanburyBanbury Museum and GalleryCANCELLED
8th June 2019WitneyThe Corn ExchangeProgramme
17th June 2018DeddingtonSt Peter and St Paul ChurchProgramme
17th June 2017ThameBarns CentreProgramme
7th June 2016AbingdonAAAHS, Northcourt Centre
4th June 2015Chipping NortonChipping Norton History Society and Museum
31st May 2014Woodstock Community CentreOxfordshire Museum, Woodstock
1st June 2013Kidlington, Exeter HallKidlington Historical SocietyProgramme
9th June 2012Henley, d:two CentreHenley on Thames A&HG
4th June 2011WitneyW&DH&AS
5th June 2010Benson, Village HallThe Bensington SocietyProgramme
30th May 2009Wallingford, Centre 70TWHASProgramme
7th June 2008BlewburyBlewbury Village SocietyProgramme
19th May 2007Thame, Barns CentreThame Local History Society
3rd June 2006Bicester, Courtyard CentreBicester LHSProgramme
7th May 2005Eynsham, Village HallEynsham HSProgramme
22nd May 2004Deddington, Windmill CentreDeddington & District HS
10th May 2003Wallingford, Baptist HallTWHAS
13th April 2002Abingdon, Northcourt CentreAAAHS
12th May 2001Benson, Village HallThe Bensington Society
29th April 2000Witney, Congregational ChurchWHAS
8th May 1999Shipton under WychwoodWychwoods LHS, New Beaconsfield Hall
18th April 1998Goring-on-Thames, Village HallSOAG
12th April 1997Abingdon, Northcourt CentreAAAHS
1996Wallingford, Centre 70TWHAS
13th May 1995Kidlington, Exeter HallKidlington Historical Society