A Very Happy New Year to you all. The Banbury Historical Society is entering its diamond jubilee year in 2018 as we celebrate the first meetings of the society in 1958. Remarkably we still have Barrie Trinder and Jeremy Gibson with us who were among the first members all those years ago – congratulations to them.
Our first lecture of 2018 is on the 11th January and we have Dr. Mark Curthoys who will be talking about the Dictionary of National Biography, and how this can be used by local and family historians. It has over 60,000 entries on figures from the British past, all of whom are noteworthy in some way, either nationally or globally. Mark Curthoys will concentrate on people associated with Banbury and its wider region. Mark is Research Editor at the DNB and is mainly working on entries on people active in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Brackley History society will be meeting this coming Wednesday, 3rd Janutary, and they have Mike Luke coming to talk about Iron Age Excavations in Brackleyy. Evidence for two large Iron Age settlements was found with pottery, animal bone and some metal artefacts. As usual the Brackley society meets in the Methodist Church Hall at the top of the High Street.
With best wishes