Happy New Year to all our members. Somehow January is already fleeing past me and I should have sent out an enewsletter last week. I am hoping that you all have Thursday January 10th in your diaries when we have Rowena Archer coming to talk to us about Alice Chaucer, who became Duchess of Suffolk. Dr Rowena E. Archer trained as a medieval historian at Bristol and Oxford and is now a Fellow of Brasenose College and lecturer in medieval history at Brasenose and Christ church. She researches aristocratic culture in general but with a specific interest in women. One of those women is the subject of this month’s talk, entitled The Rise and Rise of Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk. Alice was the granddaughter of Geoffrey Chaucer and was born a commoner with no land or titles. Through her marriages she became a countess and then a duchess. She was widowed in 1450 and spent the next 25 years defending her only son and the family lands, property which made her one of the wealthiest nobles of the 15th century.
On Wednesday the 6th February the Brackley and District History Society is holding their AGM followed by a talk by Gerald Lesinski about the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. The Hospital is a set of medieval buildings which became in the 16th century an almshouse for retired soldiers – lots of interesting history to hear about. Brackley Methodist Hall, High street.
There’s still time to sign up for one of the weekly classes starting in January at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education. There’s always more history to learn about! https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/search#/courses?s=&areas=History%252C%20including%20local%20and%20social&format=1&sort=availability
It’s just possible that if you click on that you will be taken to the list of courses currently on offer.
News from Banbury Museum:
Pop Art in Print is proving to be a huge success, and continues until the 3rd of March. The exhibition showcases artwork from the modern age’s most important art movement, including music artwork legends Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake.
Amongst the featured work is Adonis in Y Fronts by Richard Hamilton, who was responsible for the ground-breaking White Album cover for The Beatles. Also on display is Peter Blakes’ Beach Boys, which was based on a press photograph of the band. Peter Blake went on to design the iconic record sleeve for the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Your ticket entry to Pop Art in Print now includes two family fun quizzes, one suitable for under 5s and one for older children. Spark your child’s curiosity, activate their imagination and encourage them to take a closer look.
The latest bulletin from the Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) is now available online, and all members of BHS are automatically members. You can read the bulletin by clicking on