September 2015 | Banbury Museum

September 2015

First of the new season’s lectures

September is upon us and on Thursday we have the first of the new season’s lectures:  Dr. Jonathan Healey is coming to talk to us on  ‘The Tymes being soe Hard with Poore People’ Economic crises and poor relief in England 1598 -1730. 

Dr. Healey is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford and University Lecturer in Local and Social History at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. He specialises in the social and economic history of England from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

The seventeenth century saw England adopt a national system of poor relief, administered by parishes up and down the country. But did this provide an effective safety net during times of crisis? This talk asks whether the Poor Law could really hope to protect people from the vicissitudes of a fragile economy, at a time of recurrent food shortage, epidemics, and financial crises. A fascinating topic. As usual at the beginning of the season, the talk will be preceded by a glass of wine from 6.30 pm so do come along in time to enjoy that.

The Oxfordshire Local History Association will be holding a study day at Banbury Town Hall on Saturday November 14th  on the subject of canals and their impact on the County. The first speaker will be Barrie Trinder on his research on census records of boatmen and their families.

Mark Davies will speak about the Oxford end, the canal dynasties, the use of prisoners, and perhaps the involvement of boatmen in Town and Gown riots.

The programme has yet to be finalized, but there will be a short piece on Tom Rolt, and then Martin Buckland and Brian Stovold of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust will deal with the historical and present-day canal.

In the afternoon they expect to visit Tooley’s boatyard and perhaps board a narrowboat for a short trip.

More details from the OLHA website.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) Banbury Group would welcome BHS members to their meetings, where they have a variety of speakers, some of them on historical subjects. Their first meeting is on September 14th, at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Edmunds Road, when they will have Roger Shaw talking about the Oregon Trail, describing how 400,000 pioneers spent 6 harrowing months making their way 2000 miles over the mountains with 20,000 dying of cholera on the way. Meetings start promptly at 2.30 with doors open from 1 pm. More information from their website.

Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education is running a number of interesting weekly courses starting towards the end of the month, in history, local history and archaeology. At the risk of self-advertisement, some members might like to know that I will be teaching a course entitled ‘Sources for Village History’ on Wednesday mornings:  this will entail looking at lots of interesting documents and working out what they mean and what they tell us, rather than doing the history and then using documents as illustrations. There’s lots of information about all the OUDCE courses, and also their lecture series, on their website.