April 2017 | Banbury Museum

April 2017

Summer Outings 2017

Dear all,

The most important item in this message is a reminder about our fun History Quiz which will take place in the Museum Cafe on Thursday April 20th.  This is for all members and friends,  and we have also invited other local history societies to send teams to join us.  Sir Tony Baldry has kindly agreed to come and be our ‘celebrity quizmaster’.  I asked for an indication of numbers, which would help us to set out approximately the right number of tables and  provide enough refreshment and question papers, but I have not been overwhelmed with numbers signing in, and I hope it is not because you think this will be very serious and only to be tackled by those with a history degree!  The quiz (not complete yet) will cover all sorts of topics and there will certainly be some questions that probably everyone will know.  We will do the quiz by tables, but there is no problem about coming on your own as we can sort everyone into teams on the night.   Come at 7.30 pm so that we can get everyone settled with a drink, at a table and in teams ready to start at 8 pm.  As we need to raise some money for the shelving for all the wonderful books that have come to the society from Jeremy Gibson, we are going to charge members £5 (which will get you your first glass of wine) and non-members £7.50.  It would be helpful to have a rough idea of how many we might expect so could you very kindly indicate your intentions by replying to this email?  I hope lots of you will come and have fun.

A Reminder about the Banbury Historical Society Student Prize

This has been announced before and the deadline is the end of this month – but in case any of you are under 22 or have children/grandchildren who could be encouraged to have a go, the society is offering a prize of £100 for the best piece of work produced by a student between the ages of 15 and 22 years.  We are very keen to encourage and promote an enthusiasm for history among younger historians and we thought this might be a good way of doing so. 

Anyone can enter and we may give an extra prize for a good entry by an A level student.   I am attaching all the necessary information with suggested topics, where to hand it on and so on.

We now have our summer visits planned and booked so here are the details:


Banbury Historical Society Summer Outings 2017

Tour of “the Bod”  Oxford   2pm Thursday 18th May

The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and second in size only to the British Library with over 12 million printed items. Known to many Oxford scholars simply as ‘the Bod’, these buildings are still used by students and scholars from all over the world.

The  tour will go inside the buildings that form the historic heart of the University, .including the 15th century Divinity school, Convocation House, Chancellors Court and Duke Humfrey’s medieval library.

The tour lasts about 60 minutes and there’s a café in the new atrium in the Weston building, Blackwell Hall, where there are temporary exhibitions, and there is also an excellent shop with prints, books, home and fashion items.

Cost: entrance and tour £10 .

Places are limited to two groups of 13 – please book with Susan Walker on banhistsoc@outlook.com

Guided Visit to Historic Warwick 10.30 am Saturday June 10th

 led  by Graham Sutherland, A Blue Badge Guide
Meet at the Cape Road Car Park (free at weekends) at 10.30 am.

Cost: £5 per person for the tour with an additional £2 for admission to St Mary’s Church, both  payable on the day.
Members may bring guests.

Places are limited to 20 so please book with  David Pym on davidpym@lineone.net.

Kenilworth Elizabethan Gardens tour  2pm Thursday 6th July

A guidewill lead our group through the Norman Keep and into the newly recreated Elizabethan Garden, just as Queen Elizabeth I would have entered the private garden created in 1575 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Our guide will explain the inspiration behind this project and the recreation of the 16th-century fountain, aviary and four obelisks, as well as the search for Tudor plants, flowers and birds. This tour will also shed light on the love story between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley and her spectacular visit to Kenilworth Castle, when Robert would attempt to win his Queen’s heart. 

The tour lasts around 45 minutes and afterwards you will have the opportunity to explore the remains of the castle including John of Gaunt’s Great Hall, one of the finest of its kind;  tea will be available in the Stables Tearoom, a magnificent Tudor timber-framed building.

Cost: entrance and tour £12 and for English Heritage members (entrance is free) £3 for the tour.

There are 30 places- please book with Susan Walker on banhistsoc@outlook.com.

BHS Annual General Meeting at 5.30 pm on TUESDAY 11th July:  we all felt it was rather difficult to follow last year’s visit to Thenford, so this year we are doing something quite different.  The AGM itself will be held in Swalcliffe Church, one of the most ancient churches in our area, with visible signs of its Anglo-Saxon antecedents, and then we shall move to Swalcliffe Barn, a magnificent example of a large medieval barn, one of the best in Oxfordshire, for the usual refreshments.  

BALH (we are all members) is holding its annual Local History Day on Saturday 3rd June in north London. 10.30 – 4.30 pm.  There will be a discussion about Housing and Local History:  research agendas and practical issues;  the BALH AGM will take place, the local history awards will be given out, and then the BALH annual lecture will be given by Professor Chris Dyer (some of you will have heard him speak to us about John Heritage the wool broker).  He is always excellent, and this time his subject will be Local Societies on the move:migration and social mobility in the middle ages.

I have been asked by a member to publicize the Shelswell History Festival  which will be taking place from 7th – 9th July.  There will be a considerable focus on Flora Thompson but all sorts of other activities are being planned.  Lots of information is available on the website.

With best wishes

Deborah Hayter