Programme

CORONAVIRUS

In the light of the advice from HM Government to avoid non-essential social contact over the coming months, we regret that we have decided to cancel events for the rest of March, including the AGM. We are not yet cancelling our later events from mid-April onwards but we will keep the situation and official advice under review and decide nearer the time what if any action to take. Members will be notified of any changes by e-Bulletin. We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time for all of us.

We run a year-round programme of Oxford-themed talks, walks and visits aimed to encourage an awareness and understanding of our city. The talks (free and open to all) are given by leading speakers in interesting locations across the city. Topics can include Oxford’s history, buildings, arts and science, and current development projects.

The extensive programme of visits and walks (members only and usually for a small charge) is led by local experts and held both in and out of Oxford.

Accessibility

Magdalen’s Grove Auditorium has level access via the main entrance doors though the foyer. Wheelchairs may be placed in front of the front row of seats. There is an accessible toilet via the fire exit leading to Longwall Street from the front of the Auditorium. Neither venue has disabled parking spaces nearby although there are limited general pay-and-display parking places in Longwall Street near the Grove Auditorium entrance.

Rewley House is wheelchair accessible via a ramp. Once inside there is a lift to the lecture theatre and to the bar! There is limited parking in Wellington Square and more in St Giles.

Oxford Town Hall Assembly Room is on the first floor. There is a street-level entrance to the Town Hall on St Aldate’s immediately after the Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop. You may need to ring the bell to get the door opened by Reception. Once inside there is a lift to the first floor and then a level floor to the meeting room.

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Open talks — all welcome

Come and learn about your city. No pre-booking, free of charge and open to all. Talks in March and April are cancelled. For May onwards we will keep the situation under review and decide nearer the time what if any action to take.

  • Architecture is plural: combining old and new – CANCELLED

    Tuesday 31 March 7.30pm
    Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square

    In the light of the advice from HM Government to avoid non-essential social contact over the coming months, we regret that we have decided to cancel this talk.

    As of now we are not cancelling our later events from mid-April onwards but we will keep the situation and official advice under review and decide nearer the time what if any action to take. Members will be notified of any changes by e-Bulletin.

    We thank you for your understanding at this difficult time for all of us.

  • Future development at Oxford University

    Monday 4 May 6pm
    Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square

    Pro-Vice Chancellor David Prout talks about the University’s ambitious development plans. Covering homes for key workers and post-grads, new academic institutes and more, the plans will have far-reaching effects on the city.

  • Zero carbon homes and the future of housebuilding

    Wednesday 20 May 8pm
    Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square

    The Managing Director of Greencore Housing, Ian Pritchett, talks about the company’s innovative work and about how housebuilding
    can and must change to help tackle the climate crisis.

  • Inequality in Oxford

    Wednesday 3 June 8pm
    Magdalen College Auditorium, Longwall Street

    Sara Fernandez, Director of Oxford Hub, will talk about Oxford through the lens of social action, relationships and community
    cohesion. It will be an opportunity to explore what it means to live in Oxford from a different perspective.

Members-only Walks and Visits

Tickets are needed for these events. Closing date for booking is 30 March. Applications for Summer events in May onwards will be held until a clearer picture emerges. Download the booking form

  • The regeneration of Blackbird Leys: a visit

    Wednesday 22 April 2pm

    *This visit is part of our Winter season and tickets are no longer available*

    Catalyst Housing Ltd is working in partnership with Oxford City Council to redevelop council-owned sites in Blackbird Leys. The
    development will provide much needed new homes in the District Centre, as well as new shops and new community facilities. A talk by Catalyst and City Council staff will be followed by a short walk around some of the areas which will benefit.

  • Science Oxford: a visit to Stansfeld Park

    Thursday 7 May 7.30pm

    A visit to Oxford Trust’s new award-winning building in Headington. Our visit will include a short talk, a chance to experience
    ‘hands on’ science and a walk in the park’s 17 acres of woodland.

  • Osney Island: a walking tour

    Saturday 6 June 10.30am

    Vernon Orr will lead a walk through the island’s Conservation Area, including its once-great abbey and recent developments.

  • Dorchester: a walking tour

    Wednesday 10 June 2pm

    Dorchester is a jewel of a town with its fine medieval abbey and 16th – 18th century houses. Malcolm Airs will lead the tour.

  • Bridge Street Community Garden, Banbury: a visit

    Saturday 4 July 10.30am

    See how an unloved, abandoned area can be transformed into a functional community space where local residents enjoy sharing skills and hosting events. Harry Wragg leads the visit.

  • Historic Banbury: a walking tour

    Saturday 4 July 1.30pm

    Rob Kinchin-Smith from Banbury Civic Society leads a walk through the town known for its ‘cheese, cakes and zeal’ to explore how buildings, spaces and planners affect our townscapes.

  • Rousham House and gardens

    Wednesday 17 June 10.30am
    Wednesday 15 July 2pm

    Rousham House and its landscape garden are mainly the work of William Kent. The house, built in 1635, still has some original
    features while the exquisite garden has altered little since the 18th century. Enjoy its walled garden, ponds, cascades and more.

  • Cutteslowe ponds: a walking tour

    Tuesday 28 July 1.30—3.30pm

    Ellie Mayhew of the Freshwater Habitats Trust leads a walk round this area of water meadow, home to a profusion of wildlife. Learn about the practical steps being taken to restore such habitat, including the translocation of rare plant life.