Forthcoming Meetings

Dates for your Diary

Please note the following dates in your diary for meetings during the remainder of 2017 and early 2018:

Wednesday 5th July 2017 - Visit to Oxford University Botanic Gardens (Leave Sutton Courtenay 10.00am)

Tuesday 26th September 2017 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 14th November 2017 -  Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 13th March 2018 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

May 2018 (date and venue to be confirmed) - Focus on Sutton Courtenay - Various contributors

Meeting 26th September

Talk by Ken Welsh

"Prehistoric, Roman and Saxon Discoveries at Bridge Farm, Sutton Courtenay”

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Tuesday 26th September 2017  7.30 pm

All welcome : SCLHS members free; Visitors £3.00

About the Speaker

Ken Welsh

Ken Welsh is the Regional Manager for Oxford Archaeology South and was Project Manager for the Bridge Farm project between 2010 and 2016. He has a particular interest in the archaeology of the upper and middle Thames Valley having excavated sites from Gloucestershire in the west to Heathrow in the east.

Meeting 14th November

Talk by Martin Way

"The Golden Age of Stage Coaching - Turnpikes and Highwaymen”

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Tuesday 14th Novemberr 2017  7.30 pm

All welcome : SCLHS members free; Visitors £3.00

About the Speaker

Martin Way is a local historian and popular speaker at local history societies on a wide variety of topics including Anglo-Saxon art and the history of the Cotswold wool trade among others.

Meeting 23rd January 2018

Talk by Simon Wenham

"Morris’ Motopolis: the Motor Works and Transformation of Oxford”

There was an old adage that things move slowly in Oxford, but this completely changed when William Morris relocated his factory to the eastern suburbs of the city in 1912. His business became the biggest producer of cars in the country in the interwar period, which had a massive impact on the local area. This talk will explore the ways in which Oxford was transformed, in the aftermath of becoming the fastest growing city in the country.

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Tuesday 23rd January 2018  7.30 pm

All welcome : SCLHS members free; Visitors £3.00

About the speaker

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Dr Simon Wenham works as a research assistant to an Oxford academic and is also on the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University's Continuing Education Department (teaching history).

Simon’s research interests relate to the social history of Victorian Britain, the river Thames, the city of Oxford and the development of leisure. Other historical interests include child labour in the Industrial Revolution, the holocaust, slavery in antebellum America and the reformation. He has also provided advice for a number of books on a variety of topics.

Simon gives various popular-level talks to different groups and has spoken at academic conferences and seminars in the UK and abroad. 

Meeting 13th March 2018

Talk by Mark Davies

“James Sadler of Oxford : the First English Aeronaut”

James Sadler was born in 1753 and Mark Davies explores his extraordinary life from being a pastry cook to his adventures as a hot air balloon pioneer.

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Tuesday 13th March 2018  7.30 pm

All welcome : SCLHS members free; Visitors £3.00

About the Speaker

Mark Davies


Mark Davies is a local historian, walks and river-cruises guide, speaker, writer and author of the first biography of James Sadler (1753-1828).


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