Exhibitions & events

Ongoing until Saturday 29 June: an exhibition at the Museum of Oxford called Oxford Digs In: Our Food Stories. Working closely with local community groups, Oxford Digs In: Our Food Stories is a project exploring the journey ‘from farm to fork’, encompassing the history of allotments, famous Oxford foods, local shops and markets, cultural practices, feasts and gatherings, and preparing, cooking and preserving food. Oxford Digs In will bring Oxford’s food heritage to life through displays in the museum’s galleries and with a special events programme.

Monday 1 July: opening of  ‘A Way of Life’: the People Behind St Giles Fair, a new photographic exhibition at the Museum of Oxford, celebrating the traveling showmen and women who have brought the fair to Oxford every September for 400 years. There will be a special curator’s tour (with tea and cake) at 3pm on Saturday 13 July. The event is free, but booking is essential.

Sunday 7 July, 11am: Local historian Mark Davies leads a historical and literary Oxford walk Pictures, Parks, and Pleasure in the footsteps of Lewis Carroll and his muse, Alice Liddell, through some less-visited, quieter parts of the city. ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Delight’ guaranteed! Book here.

Sunday 7 July, 2pm: Local historian Mark Davies leads a historical and literary Oxford walk River and Meadow, along part of the route of the boat trip of 1862 when the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first told. The wider geographical and historical importance of the riverside area will be explained before concluding at Binsey Church – where all’s well that ends (Treacle) Well. Book here.

Tuesday 9 July, 11:00-12:30: The Oxford University Community History Hub is offering a training workshop on oral history methods in the Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford. This event is open to all local historians interested in an introductory or brush-up session about oral history methods and research ethics. Free and open to all; no need to book. Find out more here.

Sunday 14 July, 11am: Local historian Mark Davies leads a historical and literary Oxford walk The Pre-Raphaelites in Oxford: Artists in Wonderland, a walk encompassing key locations associated with John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and others, all bound up with Lewis Carroll, this time in his guise as a gifted photographer. Book here.

Sunday 20 October, 10am to 4pm: Thame Museum will be holding its second History Fair at Thame Town Hall. There will be stalls, activities for all ages and associated events. There are still some spaces for stallholders so if any group would like to participate please contact the organisers.

Saturday 26 October: The Oxfordshire Family History Society will be holding their annual Family History Fair at Cherwell School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford. This will be an opportunity to get help with your research, chat to subject experts, and browse a wide variety of stalls. Free and open to all. Find out more here.

Ongoing: The Museum of Oxford continues its popular series of free gallery tours, Stories of Oxford, led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. From football to fairgrounds, marmalade to Morris Motors, patron saints to pubs, barges, bones, and all types of quirky customs, there’s something to interest everyone. The next tours are at 1pm on Saturday 6, Thursday 11, Saturday 20 and Tuesday 23 July. Further information and booking here.

Saturdays, ongoing: Tours of Oxford’s magnificent Town Hall take place twice a month on Saturdays at 11am. These are a great opportunity to see behind the scenes and to learn about the building’s fascinating history. The next tours are on 6 and 20 July. Find out more here.

Wednesdays, ongoing: The Museum of Oxford’s series of city walks led by local historians, every Wednesday at 2pm from April to September. Further information and booking here.

If you know of any relevant events which could be advertised on this page, please send details to: membership@olha.org.uk

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