November 2015 | Banbury Museum

November 2015

Welcoming Dr. Kate Tiller

We are delighted to be welcoming Dr. Kate Tiller back to continue our programme on Thursday 12th November on the subject of The Great War at Home.  

I have attached the poster for this talk – do display this if you are able to.

In 2015 we are still in the centenary of the First World War, and this has brought a new and intense focus on the impact of the war as it was felt on the home front.  The public and private lives of individuals, families and local communities everywhere were drawn into the unprecedented experience of over four years of war.  Kate Tiller has done some new research on this and her talk will illustrate the varied aspects of life on the home front that  be explored by local historians.  

Some of you will know that there was a Munitions Factory in Banbury in WW1.  It made the news just recently as it was declared by English Heritage to be ‘at risk’ and has been placed on their ‘At Risk’ Register.  It is on private land near the M40, and Banbury Museum has made a short film all about it which we will be showing at 7 pm before the lecture.  I have already seen it and it is excellent – don’t miss it!

Dr. Kate Tiller was a Founding Fellow of Kellogg College, University of  Oxford, and was Dean of the Department for Continuing Education.  She is Chair of the Education committee of the British Association for Local History and author of Remembrance and Community: War memorials and local history (2013) and many other publications on local history.  She also chairs the VCH Oxon Trust.  She has so many letters after her name it is difficult to find room for them, and has been an inspiring and encouraging teacher for many local historians for a long time.  

We shall be displaying our publications and copies of Cake & Cockhorse  at the Oxfordshire Local History Association’s Study Day on the local canals in Banbury Town Hall on 14th November and will be hoping to enrol some new members there.  If you missed Barrie Trinder’s talk on Banburyshire’s Victorian Boatpeople  on October 8th he will be speaking on 14th November, and there will be other talks too.  All the information and a booking form can be found at 

The Brackley & District History Society Has Maggie Loughran on Wednesday 4th November talking on Records of Life and Death, the weird and the wonderful.  She has found among records kept by the church and state from early times examples of the strange, abnormal, unusual, peculiar, weird, funny and offbeat.  Maggie is a lecturer, educator and author specialising in British Ancestry with over 25 years’ research experience.  She is co-author of the best selling Discover Your Roots (published 2006).   This will take place in the Methodist Church, Brackley, at the top of the High Street.

Banbury U3A has Martin Lloyd speaking on  November 9th on the topic of Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies.  Martin has been heard on BBC 4’s Midweek programme, has been involved in Who Do You Think You Are? and in Radio 4’s You and Yours. He has spent many years dealing with passports for HM Government and written a book on the subject.  Go to their website for more info about time and place   (

As last year, we shall be holding a Christmas Book Fair on Thursday December 10th, when Professor Chris Dyer of the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester  will speak about John Heritage, a (fairly) local wool-dealer and the local wool trade at the very beginning of the 16th century.   We shall be offering a range of publications that will appeal to anyone interest in the history of Banbury and Banburyshire.

The fair provides an opportunity to buy some of the Banbury Historical Society’s most recent publications, including the lavishly illustrated Banbury Past, (an excellent Christmas present),  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 fair 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, Icons of Northamptonshire, Victorian Nonconformity and the Industrial Revolution.

Books will be on sale before the meeting and at coffee time after the conclusion of the lecture.  Come with your chequebooks or plenty of cash.

With best wishes

Deborah Hayter