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Talks begin at 8 p.m. 


Programme of Talks 2021-2022


18 January 2021


Rt Hon The Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws QC

Barrister, Broadcaster

‘Is the Rule of Law under threat under these populist times? ’

15 February 2021


Mr Peter Penfold CMG, OBE

former High Commissioner Sierra Leone

 ‘African Anecdotes…Bygone Diplomacy’



15 March 2021


Professor Marion Turner

Professor of English Literature, Tutorial Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford 
'Chaucer: A European Life’
(Princeton University Press, 2019)

19 April 2021    


Professor Helen King

Professor Emerita of Classical Studies, Open University

'Bodies, disease and medicine: Hippocrates and history'

Associated Book   ‘Hippocrates Now: The 'Father of Medicine' in the Internet Age’ (Bloomsbury, November 2019) 


17 May 2021


Jacqueline Thalmann

Curator, Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

‘When art came to Oxford: Christ Church Picture Gallery and the inspiration behind it’

7 June 2021


Mark Stevens

County Archivist at Berkshire Record Office

‘Reading Gaol to 1920’

20 September 2021


Dr Xa Sturgis

Director, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

‘Not Just a Knickknackatory – the Ashmolean Museum’


18 October 2021


Professor William Whyte

Professor of Social & Architectural History

St John’s College, University of Oxford

‘The growth of Victorian Oxford’

15 November 2021 


Dr Wendy Morrison

Beacons of the Past Project Manager, Chiltern Conservation Board

'Beacons of the Past: Citizen Science and LiDAR shedding light on the Chilterns Landscape’

13 December 2021  


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 Gemmil, 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

Confirmation awaited



18 April 2022 (Easter Monday)

Professor Russell Foster, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford
Sleep and Circadian Rhythms



16 May 2022

Dr Philippa Joseph, Lecturer on Architecture, Art and Design, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford

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



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