Historical Society

The Kirtlington Historical Society, which was founded in 1994, meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from September until April (December excepted) to hear and discuss talks on a wide range of topics, including archaeology and literary and art history as well as themes relating to political and social history. The siege of Malta in the Second World War, satirical cartoons, the Mary Rose, and the authorship of Shakespeare’s works are among the topics covered in previous years. Although the Society is mainly concerned with general history, there have also been several talks on the history of Kirtlington from the time of Victoria onwards. Talks are not aimed at a specialist audience, and interest is more important than prior knowledge: the Society seeks to show that the study of history can be more fascinating than some people remember it to have been at school. The last meeting each session is a members’ evening: this has taken various forms, but on the last occasion members were invited to bring a short piece of writing, an object or a picture relating to a historical event, and the audience was asked to say – or guess – what the event was.

The Society attracts members from neighbouring villages as well as from Kirtlington, and in light of the current membership it has recently been renamed The Kirtlington and Bletchington Historical Society.

The programme for 2017/18 is as follows:

September 28th 2017: Angus Hawkins: “Plumpers”, “Splitters” and “Treating”: Victorian Elections.

October 26th 2017: Adrian Tinniswood: “The Long Weekend” – English Country Houses between the Wars.

November 23rd 2017: Deborah Hayter – The Poor Law in the Eighteenth Century – the crisis in the parishes.

December: Christmas Lunch (date to be confirmed)

January 25th 2018: Alison Pollard : The Roman Houses of Pompeii

February 22nd 2018: Jennifer Foster: Hidden Faces in Celtic Art

March 22nd 2018: Ben Ford: The Archeology of the Westgate Centre

April 26th 2018:  AGM and Members’ Evening

We look forward to seeing you in the Village Hall: meetings will begin with a glass of wine or a cup of tea or coffee at 7.30pm. Annual subscription remains at £8. Visitors £2 per meeting.

All are very welcome.