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

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.

Open talks — all welcome

Our Autumn programme of talks-by-webinar is below. Registration information will be available nearer the date; members should look out for our e-.bulletins, non-members please check this site.

  • Liveable streets – bringing them to Oxford

    Tuesday 8 September 8pm

    Dr Scott Urban of Oxfordshire Liveable Streets, will explain low-traffic neighbourhoods with successful examples from elsewhere. He will discuss what we could do here to claim back our streets for the people who live in them.

  • Rewilding – restoring ecosystems

    Tuesday 15 September 8pm

    Dr Paul Jepson, Nature Recovery Lead at the environmental consultancy Ecosulis, will provide an overview of rewilding from a European perspective. He will discuss the potential for rewilding in and around Oxford.

  • Olive Gibbs: Oxford politician and peace campaigner

    Olive Gibbs. Photo: The Oxford Mail

    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 talks about Olive’s extraordinary life and legacy.

  • The future of personal mobility

    Tuesday 10 November 8pm

    A quarter of all our energy is used in transport but vehicle emissions are slowly killing us. The general approach to cleaning up the air is to go electric. But where does the energy come from? What does the future of mobility look like? Is it the end of the road for the car? Allan Hutchinson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Brookes University, will talk through some of the challenges and exciting opportunities.

  • The railways of Oxfordshire

    Wednesday 18 November 8pm

    Photo courtesy of A E Doyle

    Railway historian Laurence Waters will talk about the development of the railway from its opening in 1844 until the present day. The gradual decline in the post-war years was compounded by the Beeching cuts of the 1960s; at one point even the ‘Cotswold Line’ was under threat. The privatisation of the railways has resulted in a resurgence in rail use both locally and nationally and Oxford has once again become an important railway hub.

Members-only Walks and Visits

Due to Coronavirus restrictions we are not currently offering any walks and visits.