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.

For any queries about the Programme, please email


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.

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.

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 Spring season talks are below. They are free and open to all - no booking required.

  • Morris’ motopolis: the motor works and the transformation of Oxford

    Wednesday 29th June, 8pm
    Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square

    Simon Wenham portraitThere was an old adage that things move slowly in Oxford, but this completely changed when William Morris relocated his factory to the eastern suburbs of the city in 1912. His business became the biggest producer of cars in the country in the interwar period. Simon Wenham, a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department, will explore the ways in which Oxford was transformed, in the aftermath of becoming the fastest growing city in the country.

Members-only Walks and Visits

Here is the programme of walks / visits for March to July 2022. They are for members only, and booking is essential.

For some time members have been asking for a simpler method of booking events and paying for them. We have chosen the online booking service Eventbrite which seems to offer the flexibility we need. Please go to the web links given below to book your place on these visits and pay for them. If you find we have reached our maximum capacity for a particular event, please make use of the waitlist function in Eventbrite.

Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis but the lists will stay open until seven days before the event. If you are offered a ticket via the waitlist you have 72 hours to claim it.

A joint member may book two tickets.

You can cancel your booking up to 30 days before the event and get a partial refund — Eventbrite takes a small percentage of the fee. After that no refunds can be offered.

If you book and cannot attend the event, we urge you to cancel as soon as you can so that someone else can take your place. Our events are popular and we almost always have a waiting list.

Please note: our walks and visits are open to MEMBERS ONLY. If you book a ticket and are NOT a fully-paid-up member you will be required to join the Society or top-up your lapsed membership before you join the event.

  • Didcot Railway Centre – Living Museum of the Great Western Railway

    Wednesday 15th June, 2pm

    Didcot railway centreDidcot Railway Centre includes a 1932-built engine shed and coaling stage, which are Grade II listed, on a site that covers some 24 acres. The Centre houses the largest collection of Great Western locomotives, carriages and wagons. Laurence Waters, the Honorary Photographic Archivist for the Great Western Society, will give members a guided tour of the site, including some ‘behind the scenes’ areas, including the Trust library building and archive. There will be steam trains running and everyone will be able to have a ride!

    Tickets £9. Maximum number 20.

    Eventbrite link:

  • Wadham College, University of Oxford

    Thursday 28th July, 2pm

    New buildings at Wadham CollegeThe focus of this visit will be the new state-of-the-art Undergraduate Centre, a recognition of the huge importance of social spaces in today’s universities, plus the Locke Access Centre which was built to accommodate Wadham’s extensive access programme including summer schools and aspiration days.

    Tickets £8. Maximum number 25.

    Eventbrite link: