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. Refreshments afterwards (tea and coffee) provide an opportunity for socializing, as does the annual Christmas Lunch. Meetings usually take place at 7.30p.m. in the Village Hall, and the annual subscription is £8. There is a charge of £2 per session for visitors. All are very welcome.
The programme for 2016/17 is as follows;
22-09-2015: Caroline Roaf: Letters Home:an Oxford Nurse on the Western Front 1915-1919
27-10-2015: Diana Aldritch: Charles II and the Restoration Court 1660-1685
24-11-2015: Pat Snelsdon: A Doorway through Bicester’s Architectural History
date tba in December: Christmas Lunch
26-01-2016: Matthew Holford: The World of the Pastons
23-02-2016: Trevor Mostyn: The History of the Sunni Shi’a Divide
23-03-2016: Liz Woolley: No Other Way: Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War
27-04-2016: AGM and Members’ Evening
To usher in the new programme and welcome visitors and new members, we shall offer a glass of wine and a nibble or two from 7pm to 7.30pm on September 22nd 2016. We hope to see you there.