November 2014 | Banbury Museum

November 2014

Dr Colin Harrison Lecture

Our next lecture will be on Thursday 13th November, when we will have Dr Colin Harrison,  Senior Curator of European Art in the Ashmolean Museum, talking on Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites.  

Oxford was the spiritual home of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and their early works reflect the doctrinal teachings of the Oxford movement. John Ruskin, closely associated with the University throughout his life, promoted the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and encouraged a new manner of landscape painting. The city had a formative influence on Burne-Jones and Edward Morris, who led the second generation of Pre-Raphaelite artists. This talk will explore the changing role of Oxford in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

Colin Harrison has worked at the Ashmolean since 1993, and has special responsibility for British and French paintings, prints, and drawings. Has curated many exhibitions, among them ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and Italy’ 2010 and ‘Happy Birthday, Edward Lear’ 2012.

Also on the same evening there will be a Christmas Book Fair,  offering a wide range of publications that will appeal to anyone interested in the history of Banbury and Banburyshire.

The sale provides an opportunity to buy some of the Banbury Historical Society’s most recent publications, including the lavishly illustrated Banbury Past, the richly-detailed diaries of William Cotton Risley, nineteenth century vicar of Deddington, three fascinating memoirs of Victorian Banburyshire, and the alphabetical digest of Rusher’s Directories, which includes a DVD of all the directories from 1832 until 1906 and is an essential source for anyone investigating ancestors who lived in Banbury.

The sale also celebrates the achievements of publishing historians who are members of the Society whose works include studies of Banbury Spencer Football Club, Newbottle and Charlton, Victorian Nonconformity, the local Scout Movement, and the Industrial Revolution.

Books will be on sale before the meeting and at coffee time after the conclusion of the lecture.

Any authors who are members of the Society are welcome to bring books for sale, but it is emphasised that this sale is of books that can reasonably be seen as Christmas presents, and all books should be in mint condition. If this event is successful we might organise a ‘Cake & Cockhorse Fair’ for back copies of journals and pamphlets at a meeting early in 2015.  If you are planning to bring books for sale, please download the attachment for the practical arrangements. 

You might also be interested in some (or all) of the following:

Trevor Rowley, a distinguished landscape archaeologist, is teaching a weekly class at the moment on the Black Death and deserted medieval villages at OUDCE.  He became interested in the fate of the medieval village of Broughton (I’m sure you will all have noticed that at Broughton there is the castle, church and rectory, and there is a modern village, but the medieval village has gone).  After discussion with Martin Fiennes he is going to do a preliminary walking survey of the park, and has a number of volunteers from his class.  He would be happy to have a few more from the Banbury Historical Society but in strictly limited numbers, so if you would like to join this party please let me know so that I can limit numbers – he doesn’t want to be overwhelmed.  This will be on Saturday 22nd November, 10 am to 3 pm-ish, bringing a packed lunch.

Liz Woolley of the Oxfordshire Local History Association tells me that there are still a few places left for their study day at Woodstock about Oxfordshire and the First World War.  Download the attachment for all the details and how to sign in.    

The Steeple Aston Village Archive group is holding another of its excellent exhibitions about the village school in Steeple Aston – a school with lots of history as it was founded in 1640.  Entitled Our Village School: Four Centuries of Education in Steeple Aston, it will be at the Village Hall in Fir Lane, Steeple Aston, on Saturday 15 Nov. (2pm-5pm) and Sunday 16 Nov. (12 noon-4pm).   Entrance is free.  There is an accompanying book – with lots of illustrations – which explores the history of Dr Radcliffe’s School from its foundation in 1640 to the present highly-regarded primary school, including the period between 1921 and 1969 when it also functioned as a Technical School and then as a Church of England Secondary School, serving as many as fifteen of the surrounding North Oxfordshire villages.

With best wishes

Deborah Hayter