The Woodstock Society
The Woodstock Society

Meetings begin at 8.00 p.m. in the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Woodstock,

and by Zoom


Forthcoming Talks

19 September 2022


Mr Stephen Barker

Heritage Advisor


Oxfordshire on the Home Front, 1914-18


17 October 2022

7.40 p.m. Annual General Meeting of The Woodstock Society, followed by


Mr Nicholas Cleobury

International Operatic, Orchestral and Choral Conductor

Hon. Patron, Woodstock Music Society


                         From Choirstall to Rostrum, a Life in Music


21 November 2022


Mrs Alice Foster

Art Historian

Lecturer, Department of Continuing Education,

University of Oxford


                                  The Art of Partying

12 December 2022


Mr Richard Ovenden OBE

Bodley's Librarian

Head of University Gardens, Libraries and Museums

Fellow of Balliol College, University of Oxford


                                Knowledge Under Attack - how libraries have

                                fought back for 3000 years

23 January 2023


Professor Sir Adrian Hill KBE FRS FMedSci FRCP

Director of the Jenner Institute, Oxford

Professor of Vaccinology

Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford


                               New Vaccines for Global Challenges

20 February 2023


Professor Paul Newman

Director of Oxford Robotics Institute

BP Professor of Information Engineering

Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford

Co-Founder and CTO, Oxbotica


                                Robots Will Drive You and Everything

20 March 2023


Mr Simon Heighes

Journalist, Critic and Broadcaster

Leading expert on Baroque music


The Great British Choral Tradition on Record, 1888-2022

17 April 2023


Mr Peter Hilton

Former Chief Superintendent, British Transport Police


Tales from Six Decades of Policing

22 May 2023


Mr Will Gompertz

Artistic Director, The Barbican Centre, London

Former Arts Editor, BBC

Supernumerary Fellow of Harris Mansfield College, University of Oxford


                                   See What You're Missing

Previous Talks

20 September 2021 - by Zoom


Dr Xa Sturgis

Director, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Not Just a Knickknackatory - the Ashmolean Museum



18 October 2021 - preceded by AGM at 7.40 p.m.


Professor William Whyte

Professor of Social and Architectural History

St John's College, University of Oxford


The Growth of Victorian Oxford


15 November 2021 - by Zoom only


Dr Wendy Morrison

'Beacons of the Past' Project Manager

Chilterns Conservation Board


Citizen Science and LiDAR: Shedding Light on the Chiltern                                  Landscape


13 December 2021


7.30 p.m. Mince Pies and Mulled Wine in the Church

8.00 p.m. Mr Richard Wigmore

Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster


Handel's Oratorios




17 January 2022


Admiral Sir Philip Jones GCB DL

Former First Sea Lord

The Role of the Modern Royal Navy


21 February 2022


Dr Elizabeth Gemmill

Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford

The Don on the Quad: My Year as Junior Proctor in the University of Oxford


21 March 2022


The Very Reverend Jeremy Auld

Rector, Woodstock and Bladon Benefice


The Long Road to Woodstock



25 April 2022


Mr Carney Bonner

Emergency Response Operations Manager (South & Channel Islands), British Red Cross

An Insight into the British Red Cross Local                                                              Emergency Response


16 May 2022


Dr Philippa Joseph

Tutor in Art History, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education; Senior Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, University of London


                                Understanding the Alhambra: a Tale of Survival, Revival                                        and a Return to Splendour


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