This explores archaeological treasures of the first millennium AD that have been unearthed in Oxfordshire. ‘Discover the stories they tell us and find out what connects Bicester with the Colosseum in Rome’.
And meanwhile we have David Stuttard coming on the 12th February to talk to us about The Romans who shaped Britain. David Stuttard is a freelance lecturer, dramatist and author of numerous books including Parthenon, Power and Politics on the Acropolis (British Museum), A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives and The Romans Who Shaped Britain (both Thames and Hudson). Current World Archaeology praises his ‘commitment… to making [classical culture] accessible to new non-specialist audiences’. His talk will draw on a colourful cast of characters including Boudicca, Agricola, Carausius and St. Germanus, and he will be bringing vividly to life the story of Roman Britain from Julius Caesar’s first invasions to the flowering of villa culture in rural Oxfordshire and the end of occupation in ad 410 and beyond.
If you are interested in the Iron Age, you might be interested in the Didcot Iron Age Mirror Study Day on 7 February 2015, an event laid on by the Oxfordshire Museum. Leading experts will be discussing the mirror’s purpose, significance, manufacture, and the Iron Age society which created it.
Booking & information
Tickets £25 / £20 conc
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On March 12th we will have Stephen Wass, who is a landscape archaeologist, and his subject will be A Way With Water: Water Resources and the Life of an Eighteenth-century Park, Farnborough Hall, Warwickshire. We are planning to arrange a tour of the landscape around Farnborough Hall, led by Stephen, as one of our summer outings. It is a remarkable landscape full of archaeological features many of which demonstrate the changing ways in which water has been used over the centuries.
I hope that you are all checking your curio cabinets for interesting objects to bring along to our Historical Artefacts Quiz on the 16th April. The idea is that you should know what they are, and that others might have fun guessing. There will be a small prize for the most interesting object, and another for the best set of guesses. Do email me if you have a query about this, or if you have an interesting object and are wondering whether it would be suitable.
Further ahead, we have an exciting event coming up to celebrate 800 years since the Magna Carta. This will be on June 25th at Broughton Castle, at 7.30 pm, when we will have Professor Miles Taylor who will talk about the history of Magna Carta through the ages, and also Sir Robert M. Worcester, who is chairman of the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee. He will describe the inspiration of Magna Carta and its relevance today. This will be held in the Great Hall of Broughton Castle, which is particularly suitable as the ancestor, of the Fiennes family, Geoffrey de Say, was one of the 25 barons at the forefront of the opposition to King John which enforced the sealing of Magna Carta in June 2015. This event is being put on jointly by the Magna Carta Trust, Broughton Castle, Banbury Museum and the Banbury Historical Society.
The gardens at Broughton will be open for picnicking from 5.30pm and tickets will include a glass of wine. Click here for more information.
We will need some help on the day and it would be good if there were some volunteers from among the society’s members.
There’s more going on at the National Archives for any family historians among you. You can sign up for a free ‘Webinar’ on searching some of the WW1 records – all info on their website.
We’re still interested in ideas for speakers – good topics, interesting speakers, any interesting local research going on that we don’t know about…..
With best wishes