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  • Traffic-free Oxford

    An Oxford Civic Society Lockdown video

    2 November 2020

    The lockdown during the spring and summer of 2020 gave Oxford the opportunity of seeing what the City could be like with far less traffic clogging the streets. This video shows ‘Lockdown Oxford’, with comments and thoughts from Oxford Civic Society’s Chairman. YouTube link: youtu.be/ov-aUcGGEDw

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  • Olive Gibbs: Oxford politician and peace campaigner

    A video of Liz Woolley's talk and Q&A is on YouTube

    22 October 2020

    Monday 19 October 8pm Olive Gibbs (born in 1918) was a redoubtable local Labour politician, peace campaigner and founding member of CND. During her long political career she helped to shape our city. Local historian Liz Woolley spoke about Olive’s extraordinary life and legacy. YouTube link: youtu.be/E1QCpvFjgcA

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  • Inequality in Oxford webinar

    A video of Sara Fernandez' talk and Q&A is on YouTube

    30 September 2020

    Oxford through the lens of social action, relationships and community cohesion.

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  • Rewilding webinar

    A video of Paul Jepson's talk and Q&A is on YouTube

    21 September 2020

    On Tuesday 15 September Dr Paul Jepson, Nature Recovery Lead at the environmental consultancy Ecosulis, gave an overview of rewilding from a European perspective. He discussed the potential for rewilding in and around Oxford. YouTube link: youtu.be/ZuKXnEJQy8M

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  • A quick guide to attending an online talk

    7 September 2020

    Online talks (also known as webinars) are easy to attend. We are using the Zoom platform to host these until talks in lecture theatres can safely resume. Such talks do not involve the listeners being seen or heard, as the OCS organizers will ensure that all web cameras and microphones are switched off. Anyone with…

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  • July 2020 ‘Visions’ published

    Oxford under lockdown and after

    10 July 2020

    How has Oxford been under lockdown, and what should it be like in future? Click the image to download. Topics in this issue: Shaping the City’s recovery OCS people The jigsaw that lacks a picture on the box (response to LTCP5) A shake up of the planning system Transport in a post-COVID era Balancing Heritage…

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  • Historic Oxford under Lockdown

    Liz Woolley shows some easily-missed details in the City

    4 July 2020

    Local historian Liz Woolley takes the opportunity of lockdown to pick out some places and things in Oxford which you might easily miss when there are more people around. You can see the video on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlA0dHQyd8o

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  • Zero-carbon homes webinar

    A video of Ian Pritchett's talk and Q&A is on YouTube

    26 May 2020

    A talk about the innovative work of Greencore Construction and how housebuilding can and must change to help tackle the climate crisis.

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  • March 2020 ‘Visions’ published

    Examining the issues in the city centre.

    4 March 2020

    This issue leads with a review of the problems facing the city centre and calls for an effective strategy for how it should develop. Click the image to download. It also has the Spring programme of public talks and members-only walks and visits which you can also see on the Programme page

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  • November ‘Visions’ published

    A bumper climate change issue for OCS@50

    9 November 2019

    The larger-than-usual November edition of ‘Visions’ has been published. In keeping with current concerns it focuses on climate change and related issues. Click the image to download. Visions – articles include What can we do about climate change?; Housing: making it fit for the future; Transport: speeding up the solutions; Climate action at Oxford University…

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