VCH Oxfordshire talks and public events 2017-18

VCH Oxfordshire staff regularly give talks to local groups. If you wish to attend any of the following lectures, please note that most are hosted by local societies and that an entrance charge may be made for non-members. Talks are by the VCH County Editor Simon Townley except as stated. For more information email


  • 2 Jan: Chalgrove Local History Group (John Hampden Hall 7.45): History of Ewelme
  • 27 Jan:  Bensington Society (Benson Village Hall, 7.00 for 7.30): Benson: Anglo-Saxon Estate to Airfield
  • ​23 Feb: Oxfordshire Gardens Trust (Kellogg College, Banbury Rd, Oxford, 6.30 for 7.00): Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park: Recent Work by the VCH
  • 2 March: Oxford U3A (Rewley House, Oxford, 2pm): The Royal Forest of Wychwood
  • 17 March: Friends of Ewelme Church (Ewelme parish church 7.30): Benson and its Links to Ewelme
  • 27 March: Oxfordshire Family History Society (Exeter Hall, Kidlington, 7.15 for 8.00): Benson to Bruern: Recent VCH Discoveries from the Chilterns to Wychwood
  • 22 April: Rotherfield Peppard Parish Meeting AGM (10am): History of Rotherfield Peppard (Mark Page)
  • 25 April: U3A Woodstock Buildings Group (Rygrass, Woodstock, 2pm): Henley-on-Thames: Inland Port to Inland Resort
  • 15 June: Wychwood Local History Society (Shipton-u-Wychwood Village Hall, 7.30): Bruern (Mark Page)
  • 16 June: Cuxham History Society (Cuxham church, 8pm): VCH Work on Cuxham (Stephen Mileson)
  • 17 June: Oxfordshire Past (Thame) - including VCH update
  • 5 Sept: North Leigh History Society (Turner Hall 7.30): Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park
  • 17 Nov: Finstock History Society (Finstock Village Hall, 8pm): Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park
  • 4 Dec: VCH Oxon Trust Xmas lecture and reception for donors and supporters
  • 14 Dec: Banbury History Society (Banbury Museum 7.30): Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park


  • 8 JanChalgrove Local History Group (John Hampden Hall 7.45): Benson: Anglo-Saxon Estate to Airfield
  • 15 Feb: Wychwoods Local History Society (Shipton-u-Wychwood): VCH Research on Ascott-under-Wychwood (Simon Draper)
  • 14 March: Deddington & District History SocietyWychwood Forest and Cornbury Park: Recent Work by the VCH
  • 13 April: Ramsden Memorial Hall: VCH work on Ramsden and Wychwood Forest
  • 17 April: Witney Museum and Hist Soc. (Methodist Church, High St) Wychwood Forest and Cornbury Park: Recent Work by the VCH
  • 21-22 April: Society for Landscape Studies Field Weekend in Wychwood and the Chilterns: led by Simon Draper and Simon Townley (VCH Oxfordshire), with members of the Oxfordshire Buildings Record
  • Dec (date tbc): VCH Oxon Trust Xmas lecture and reception for donors and supporters