The programme for Autumn 2015 to
Spring 2016 is described below. We meet at 8pm on the fourth
Tuesday of every month from September to April in the Old Hanney
Room of the Hanney War Memorial Hall. Visitors are always very
The coming of the railway to Oxford - Liz Woolley
The social, political and technological impact of the railway's
arrival in town is described and examined. The changes that
resulted in Oxford were considerable and the opposition to the
railway was based on a wide variety of prejudices, not least its
effect on students' moral welfare. LIz is a tutor at the Department
for Continuing Education - Oxford University.
15th - Christmas Social and Quiz.
Four Generations at Fair Mile - Ian Wheeler
An appreciation of one of the mid-1800s 'pauper lunatic
asylums', seen in the context of four generations of the speaker's
family who worked there. Ian is the author ofFair Mile Hospital: a
Drove Roads in Oxfordshire and beyond - Tim Healey
A history of the drove roads, their routes and traditions
and the impact they had on landscape and society. Tim is a
well-known local and national broadcaster, author and musician.
The History of Oxford's Covered Market - Malcolm Graham
The Covered Market opened in 1773 to replace traditional
street markets. The talk looks at the history of the buildings, the
businesses that have flourished, and at the challenges the market
has faced. Malcolm was until recently the librarian at the
Oxfordshire Local Studies Library and has published extensively on
The East Oxford Archaeology Project - Jane Harrison
A review of a project that has transformed the knowledge
of an 'unfashionable' part of Oxford. Jane Harrison is an
archaeologist at Oxford University and has led the East Oxford
May - July
The summer visits programme is currently being planned.
In 2015 we visited Stamford in the Vale archaeological sites, the
architecture of Victorian North Oxford and the great houses of
Sutton Courtenay. The 2016 programme will be on similar lines and
will also occur on the 4th Tuesdays whenever
We are currently also running an archaeology project to
investigate the history of the Hanneys and to try to clarify what
is myth and what was the real development path of the two villages.
This will involve geophysics, test pits, documentary research and
mapping among many aspects of the project. Anyone is welcome to
become involved, regardless of their level of experience. The
project will run for all the period of the programme and
For further details on any of the above items please contact Bill
Orson on 01235 868859.