November Newsletter | Banbury Museum

November Newsletter

Smallpox in 18th-century Banbury

Dear all, 
    Our last lecture was a terrific high-speed adventure through the interface between genetics and archaeology bringing us the very latest research in this very fast-developing field. 
    Our next lecture is much more locally based but is also the result of recent work.  On the  8thNovember Dr. Rosemary Leadbeater, who has recently joined the society, will be talking about  ‘the constant terror of this loathsome and fatal disease’; facing smallpox in 18th-century Banbury.   Rosemary is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, and her talk takes an in-depth look at the transmission of smallpox in Banbury in the eighteenth century and the impact of the disease on local families. It will also discuss the ways in which communities were successful in helping to control the disease.   Rosemary teaches social history and the history of medicine and health at Oxford Brookes, and completed her PhD thesis in 2016, with the title Experiencing Smallpox in Eighteenth-Century England. She has also investigated pauper letters as a historical source and written on Florence Nightingale.
Don’t forget that access to the Education room at the Museum is via the canal towpath through the Cafe.

    The Society will again be holding a pre-Christmas book sale, featuring its own publications and those written by members, at this meeting on 8 November. 2018, a Dr Leadbetter’s article in the recent edition of Cake & Cockhorse has aroused much interest, and the meeting is likely to be well-attended.

     Members of the Society are welcome to bring copies of their books for sale:  the book stall will be managed by Clare and Stephen Jakeman, and authors bringing books for sale are requested to list them, and present the list, with the books, to Clare or Stephen. Any money from sales and any unsold books will be returned once sales have ceased after the end of the meeting. 

    Prices of all books should be clearly marked.

    This is a sale of new books that might be given as Christmas presents. Please do not bring second hand books.

    Please do not bring an excessive number of books as display space is limited, and past experience shows that at most only three or four copies of any one book are likely to be sold.

    The Banbury Historical Society is proud to have published 35 books on the history of the town and adjacent parts of Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire in the 60 years since its foundation, and a 36th volume is at an advanced stage of production. The Society also takes pride in the number and range of publications produced by its members.

    On Wednesday November 7th there is a change to the advertised programme of the Brackley History Society:   the talk will now be given by Chris Rowe, and it will be about the Eleanor Crosses.

    As described in a previous enewsletter, Dr. Richard Buckley will be talking about the search for, and discovery of, Richard III’s bones under the car park in Leicester in Kings Sutton on 24th November in aid of Save the Children (7.30 pm followed by drinks and canapes, tickets £15 from Margot Bell 01295 811166  or  

    If you’re interested in that, but can’t make it, Dr. Buckley will be talking to the Middleton Cheney History Society on Monday 26th November 7.30 pm.  This will be in All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney.

With best wishes,

Deborah Hayter