Programme

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

Open talks — all welcome

Come and learn about your city. No pre-booking, free of charge.

  • Recent architecture in Oxford

    Wednesday 24 January
    Magdalen College Auditorium, Longwall Street
    Tea/coffee from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm

    Geoffrey Tyack explains the interesting and often innovative new buildings that have gone up in Oxford over the past 20 years, including the Blavatnik School of Government and the new Middle Eastern Centre at St Antony’s College. Geoffrey Tyack is an emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College and author of Oxford: an Architectural Guide (1998).

  • East Oxford: a Victorian and Edwardian ‘new town’

    Thursday 8 February
    Magdalen College Auditorium, Longwall Street
    Tea/coffee from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm

    Local historian Liz Woolley tells the fascinating story of how Enclosure in 1853 led to the rapid development of farmland south east of Magdalen Bridge. Within 50 years, 2,500 homes had been built, attracting college servants, skilled artisans, labourers and “the ignorant and rambling poor”. These events laid the foundations of today’s thriving East Oxford.

  • Making Oxfordshire a better place

    Wednesday 21 March
    Magdalen College Auditorium, Longwall Street
    Tea/coffee from 6.30pm, talk at 7pm followed by AGM

    Jayne Woodley is the Chief Executive of the Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF). She talks about how OCF is developing its understanding of Oxfordshire’s needs and resources to inspire more philanthropy and to build partnerships and community-based solutions to our social problems.

  • From conflict to cohesion? Planning in Oxfordshire

    Tuesday 10 April
    Magdalen College Auditorium, Longwall Street
    Tea/coffee from 7.30pm, talk at 8pm

    Dave Valler
    Dave Valler

    David Valler, Reader in Planning at Oxford Brookes University, talks about the politics of the city’s growth. Unresolved dilemmas and political conflict over the expansion of the city have defined the nature of development politics for a generation. But are we now experiencing the beginning of a new era of joint planning and policy cohesion?

Members-only Walks and Visits

Tickets are needed for these events. Download the booking form here. Closing date 18 December. download booking form

  • St Cross College: a visit

    Thursday 22 February 10.30am

    St Cross is a graduate-only college which shares buildings owned by Pusey House in St Giles which date from 1884. They include Pusey House chapel (1914) designed by Temple Moore and the new West Wing bordering Pusey Street designed by Niall McLaughlin architects, opened in 2016,which completed the West Quad. The tour will cover these and more.

  • Historic Bicester: a walk

    Thursday 8 March 10am

    Bob Hessian, Chairman of Bicester Local History Society, will lead a walk around the historic parts of the town centre, explaining some of the details of the long and fascinating history of this vibrant market town.

  • Willowbrook Farm Kidlington: a visit

    Saturday 21 April 10am

    The Radwan family farm motto is ‘naturally reared, ethically farmed’. Since 2002 the family have transformed their land into an organic and free-range farm enterprise. The family will explain their philosophy as we are shown around. We then have the option of the farm’s own barbecue burger lunch and to stay for demonstrations and hands-on activities afterwards. Allow 2 hours for the visit and wear stout shoes. Note, the ground is uneven throughout the farm.

    Visit the website www.willowbrookfarm.co.uk to read more about this remarkable family and their vision of sustainable farming and living.