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 312017
 

On Monday, 7 August 2017, Peter Christian will give a talk to Oxfordshire FHS entitled “The Future of Genealogy on the Internet”.

Peter says:

The Internet has become an essential medium for genealogists, both for access to records and for publicising your pedigree. This talk will look at how things are developing to try and get an idea of what online resources and facilities we may expect to see in the future. However, Internet developments also raise new issues for genealogists and some problems – barriers to access, the preservation of electronic data, personal privacy, for example – so we also need to consider the effects these may have on our research.

Peter spent five years as editor of the Society of Genealogists’ computer journal “Computers in Genealogy”, and was also responsible for setting up the Society’s first web site.
The author of countless articles about online resources for family history, he has also written a number of books on the subject, including ‘Census: The Family Historian’s Guide’ (co-authored with David Annal) and the best-selling ‘The Genealogist’s Internet’, now in its 5th edition.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and one of the Trustees of Genuki.

We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the meeting starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be a warm welcome for all.

 

Jul 312017
 

John Cramer and Angie Trueman, along with Mick Dumbleton, Alex McGahey and Malcolm Austen, manned our stand at the Bucks FHS Open Day at Aylesbury at the weekend.  There was considerable interest in our CDs – both PR transcripts and photographic MI CDs – and our range of books.

For those who could not be there, our CDs and books are available by post – browse the links to CDs and books on the left at www.ofhs.org.uk

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.

Jul 242017
 

In today’s Oxford Mail, news that Colin Harris, one of our Vice-Presidents, has been awarded an Honorary Master of Arts degree by Oxford University, in recognition of his 50 years of “continuous and exemplary service to the Bodleian.”

The university said: “The outstanding feature of his career has been his truly dedicated service to all types of library reader – from senior academics to masters’ students, professional writers to amateur historians – whom he has advised with expertise and unfailing patience.”

Currently, Colin is Superintendent of the Special Collections Reading Rooms.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15425128.An_honour_richly_deserved__Bodleian_Library_Superintendent_rewarded_with_degree_for_half_a_century_of_service/

Congratulations, Colin, from Oxfordshire FHS!

 

Jul 192017
 

Thank you to everyone who entered the DNA competition to celebrate the launch of the Oxfordshire surname project. We had 74 valid entries and a fantastic shortlist of 27, which made judging the competition a real challenge, despite having a thorough analysis template which evaluated many key factors and rated the entries scientifically.

Our congratulations go to the following six men who have won a Y-67 test in the competition: Peter Bartlett, Joe Bleay, Stan Bloxham, Roger Millin, Graham Orpwood and Chris Shayler.

As there were so many high quality entries with some fantastic Oxfordshire surnames, OFHS, Sue Honore and Richard Merry clubbed together to sponsor a discount on Y-DNA tests for 6 other men randomly drawn from the remaining shortlisted candidates. The winners of the discounts are: Andy Beesley, Warwick Cox, Kerry Drinkwater, Bill Joyner, John Tredwell and Gary Wiggins.

Our winners come from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, so the competition had clear international appeal and participation.

All competition entrants are in the process of being contacted personally.

More detailed updates on the DNA and surname projects will appear on the OFHS website www.ofhs.org.uk and in the OFHS journal over time.

We would like to encourage all those who did not win a prize or who have not considered DNA testing, especially males with a long Oxfordshire history on their surname line, to go ahead and have a DNA test. It will help the Oxfordshire research projects enormously. Further information on the Oxfordshire DNA project can be obtained from emailing dna@ofhs.org.uk

Once again, thank you to all entrants and congratulations to the winners.

 

Richard Merry & Sue Honore

Co-administrators of Oxfordshire DNA Project

& Oxfordshire Surname Project

 

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