Christopher Fance

Sep 142017
 

The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock marks the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act with an exhibition showcasing some of Oxfordshire’s most amazing treasure finds. As part of a nationwide celebration being led by the British Museum, the exhibition will look at the huge significance that both the Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme have had on the County’s collection and its contribution to our understanding of Oxfordshire’s history.

The Treasure Act, 1996 was introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the 24th September 1997 in order to preserve significant archaeological finds for the nation. Over the past 20 years thousands of objects found by members of the public have been made available to the nation because of the Act. The Portable Antiquities Scheme was set up at the same time to collect details of all the finds that did not class as Treasure. With over 1 million objects recorded so far, the scheme has created an extraordinary resource for exploring our past.

All of the objects in the exhibition have been found by local people and metal detectorists across Oxfordshire. They include Treasure finds and also items that have been recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Objects range from clay pipes and pots to gold coin hoards and Elizabethan rings. Recent acquisitions such as a beautifully decorated pair of Roman callipers, a hoard of Roman pewter from Somerton and an Iron Age brooch will all go on public display for the first time.

20 Years of Treasure – The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Oxfordshire’ opens on the 23rd of September with a free lecture at 10.30am – 11.30am by Michael Lewis, Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum. Please contact the museum on 01993 814106 to book a place.

Sep 142017
 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy…

Find out what this nursery rhyme has to do with the Museum Collections at the Museums Resource Centre at Standlake, when the stores open their doors once more to visitors on their Open Day on Sunday 8th October.

The centre will open to the public for one day to offer a unique chance to explore this treasure trove of museum objects from archaeology to the present day and  meet staff and volunteers to find out what they have been up to over the last year.  Whatever your interests, come on a tour behind the scenes of the centre, have a look at the objects in store and be inspired by the variety of Oxfordshire’s Heritage from archaeology to the present day.

Browse the Witney Blanket industry collections in its new dedicated storage area, for a chance to marvel at this world famous industry and to exchange memories of bygone days.

The centre will be open between 10 am and 4 pm. All are welcome, entry is free and there is parking on site. The site is accessible on level ground and suitable for wheelchairs.

Jul 252017
 

On Monday, 25 September, Tim Healey will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Sex, Drink and death in 17th Century Oxfordshire

This will be a romp through the pleasures and perils of life in this turbulent era, featuring bawdy frolics, alehouse revels, highway robberies, Civil War, fire and plague. Hugely entertaining, the talk also gives important insight into evolving customs – of courtship, celebration, faith and burial – at the dawn of the modern age.

Tim Healey is a writer and broadcaster who has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4. He is a frequent contributor to the Oxford Times colour magazine, Oxfordshire Limited Edition, and leads the 17th-century costume band, the Oxford Waits.

 We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Jun 272017
 

On Monday, 24 July, Kathy Chater will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Huguenots in the British Isles

Five hundred years ago Martin Luther’s protests against the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church of his day sparked religious controversy all over Europe. The Protestants in France, called Huguenots, were among the many waves of refugees from persecution who have over the centuries sought shelter in the British Isles. Many people have a family story of descent from them. How do you go about seeing if the story is true?

Kathy Chater has been tracing her own ancestry for nearly forty years. She is the author of Tracing Your Huguenot Ancestors (2012) and The Reformation in 100 Facts (2016) Her doctoral thesis was published as Untold Histories: Black People in England and Wales during the British Slave Trade (2009) and she has also writtenTracing Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (2nd ed. 2008) and My Ancestor Was A Lunatic (2014). She contributes articles and reviews on social and family history to magazines and websites.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

May 232017
 

On Monday, 26 June, after the AGM, Sue Honoré will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

The Oxfordshire DNA and Surname Projects

She will provide an update on the status of the Oxfordshire DNA project and talk about the key types of DNA tests available in 2017. She will also describe the new Oxfordshire surnames project and how members can contribute to this exciting new venture, making it a real community research project. The talk will contain plenty of real life examples of DNA and surnames in Oxfordshire.

Sue Honoré is an independent research consultant specialising in different generations in the workplace. Wearing her family history hat, she is editor of the Oxfordshire Family History Society’s journal, a family history advisor and co-manages the Oxfordshire DNA project with Richard Merry in Australia. In 2017 she is working with a small team on a new project to research all the surnames in Oxfordshire. Apart from her normal academic qualifications for work, Sue has an Advanced Diploma in Local History from the University of Oxford.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Apr 252017
 

The Oxfordshire Museum thinks that people might be interested to know that this summer the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock will be opening its doors until 8pm on the first Thursday of each month from May to September.

If you haven’t visited the Museum recently, it’s an opportunity to see it and its extensive gardens in a new light and to enjoy some summer specials including free gallery talks and live music. The Museum’s garden café will remain open into the evening providing light refreshments as the perfect complement to your visit.

Admission to the Museum is free and a programme of talks/lecture is also available to pre-booked groups.

For more information please call the Museum on 01993 814106

The Museum looks forward to welcoming you.

Apr 252017
 

On Monday, 22 May, Dave Annal will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Lost in London: Solving your London Family History Problems

Tracing your ancestors back to the period before civil registration and the Victorian census returns can present a 1750-marylebonegenuine challenge to most family historians. But if your family came from London, the problems that you’re likely to face can be even harder to overcome. The population of London doubled between 1801 and 1841 making it the most populated city in world. Outlying villages were swallowed up as London spread ever outwards – the boundaries of what constituted London were constantly being redrawn. The administration of the area was enormously complicated – the City of London alone comprised over 100 parishes – and the records of the various authorities responsible for running London are now spread around a number of different record offices. This talk will explain how to access and make the most of the capital’s diverse collection of records and will give some useful tips on tracking down those elusive London ancestors.

David Annal is a professional researcher with nearly 40 years’ experience. He is a former Principal Family History Specialist with the National Archives and worked at the Family Records Centre for many years. He has written a number of family history books (including the bestselling beginner’s guide Easy Family History) and, with Peter Christian, is the co-author of Census: the Family Historian’s Guide. David is also a contributor to Family History Magazine and a regular speaker on the family history circuit. He has been researching his own family history since the mid-1970s and hasn’t finished yet!

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Mar 282017
 

On Monday, 24 April, Jessica Feinstein will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Tracing Jewish Ancestry

How is tracing Jewish ancestry different? Where can Jewish records be found? What do you need to know? Using ofhs-pictureexamples from her own research, Jessica will show you the wealth of resources available. The talk will be of interest to anyone who has already looked for Jewish records or who thinks that a branch of their family might be Jewish, and if time allows we will try to answer your research questions.

Jessica teaches family history locally and can be found once a month in Abingdon Library, helping visitors with their research. Jessica is a student member of the Register of Qualified Genealogists and edits the newsletter and journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain. Jessica has researched Jewish ancestors in many countries, and is keen to pass on tips about research methods, resources and useful knowledge gained over many years of practice.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Feb 282017
 

On Monday, 27 March, Simon Townley will talk to Oxfordshire FHS on:

Benson to Bruern – Recent Victoria County History Discoveries from the Chilterns to Wychwood

This talk will pick out some of the highlights from the Victoria County History’s recent work on Ewelme Hundred 13_ewelme_almshouse_ext_dsc00406(published in the spring of 2016), and its ongoing work on the Wychwood area. Ewelme Hundred stretched from the Thames around Benson and Warborough to the Chiltern uplands around Nettlebed, with its medieval brick and pottery industry. Ewelme is widely known for its Chaucer connections and its 15th-century almshouses, while Benson was successively an Anglo-Saxon royal centre, a coaching stop, and site of the modern RAF station. The ongoing Wychwood work takes in a dozen parishes in and around the ancient Forest, including Shipton-under-Wychwood and the tiny hamlet of Bruern, where the impact of the medieval abbey is still clearly evident in the local landscape.

Simon Townley started working for the Oxfordshire VCH in 1987, and has been County Editor since 1996, overseeing volumes on Witney, Henley, and the Minster Lovell and Kelmscott areas. He is involved in several county societies including the Oxfordshire Record Society, the Oxfordshire Buildings Record, and the Oxfordshire Local History Association.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, and tea and coffee will be available.

Feb 042017
 

Cameras in the Sky     21 January – 26 March

Aerofilms Ltd was the first British company to make a business out of aerial photography.

Established in Hendon, London in 1919, Aerofilms’ founders were pioneers of the air. A collection of adventurers, showmen and aviation enthusiasts, the firm married the fledgling technology of flight to the discipline of photography.

From the very start of operations, Aerofilms took photographs of villages, towns, cities and landscapes all over the country. Continuing this far-reaching programme for 80 years, its photographs provide a unique view of the development of Britain’s urban centres and rural landscapes throughout the 20th century.

This collection of photographs shows Oxfordshire from above, featuring town and country, special events, industry and transport. The development of Oxfordshire, chronicled from above by Aerofilms is history like no other!

EPW000827 The Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library, All Souls College, St. Mary’s Church and Brasenose College Oxford ,1920 ©Historic England (Aerofilms Collection)

 The Oxfordshire Museum hopes you will be able to come along

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