September 2014 | Banbury Museum

September 2014

Reminder: Dr. Peter Forsaith coming to talk

Another reminder that we have Dr. Peter Forsaith coming to talk to us this week (Thursday 9th) on ‘Companions or contradictions:  Methodists and Art?’  Methodists have a reputation as cultural philistines. But how deserved is this, or how accurate historically?

His talk will examine Methodism’s engagement with art from its early parallel development with the ‘English School’ of portraiture to the Methodist Church’s important collection of modern art, of which he has care.   There is an exhibiton of a selection of works belonging to the Methodist collection which is currently being shown at St. Mary’s Church in Banbury.

Peter Forsaith is a historian of religion, culture and society in eighteenth-century Britain. He is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University. He has had a diverse career, mainly in catering before joining Westminster College, Oxford in 1995.

Do pass this on to any members of the Methodist community whom you know and who might be interested.  This, and our next lecture, which is also rather art-historical (that wasn’t intentional), on the topic of the connection between Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites, might interest members of the Fine Arts Society so again do please pass these on if you have contacts there.

Christmas Book Fair:

Our meeting on Thursday 13 November will include a Christmas Book Fair, offering a wide range of publications that will appeal to anyone interested 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, 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 members of the Society who are publishing historians 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.

(Practical arrangements for those bringing books for sale.

Simon has agreed to open the building about ten minutes earlier than usual.

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.

The stall will be run by Claire and Stephen Jakeman whose decisions on layout &c are final. All books for sale should be handed to them by 19.10, with prices clearly marked (preferably in straight pounds), and a note of how many books are being handed over.

The sale will continue during coffee time. You should collect unsold stock and any takings from Stephen and Clare when they decide to cease selling. You might consider giving a proportion of your takings to the Society – our treasurer Geoff Griffiths will be on hand and glad to receive them.)

TTHE OXFORDSHIRE LOCAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION (OLHA) will be holding their next study day on 8th November 2014, on the topic of  OXFORDSHIRE AT WAR 1914 – 1918 

This will be at The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (in the grounds of the Oxfordshire Museum) 

Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN.  Full details in the attached flier.

The Parsons Street Backs group has met once and has leapt into action.  It’s not too late to bring your memories, information, expertise or enthusiasm to join in the society’s efforts to find out as much as we can about this historic bit of Banbury so that future development can improve and enhance it.  

With best wishes

Deborah Hayter