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Talks begin at 8 p.m. 


Programme of Virtual Talks Autumn 2020


21 September 2020


Liz Woolley

Freelance Oxfordshire local historian

'Beer, sausages & marmalade; Oxford food and drink in the nineteenth century'

     19 October 2020 (incl AGM)



  Craig Ogden

  Classical Guitarist

  Director of Guitar, Royal Northern College of Music

  ‘  ‘This Old Guitar’ – Reflections on a life in music  ’

16 November 2020


Dominic Hare

CEO Blenheim Palace

'Contradictions and Complications. Blenheim’s Relationship with the World’

14 December 2020


Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS

Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science,

University of Oxford.   Academic, Writer, and Broadcaster

‘The Creativity Code’ 

Harvard University Press, 2020 (Paperback)

Fourth Estate, 2019 (Hardback)


Programme of Talks 2021


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, Nov 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’

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’


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