Videos

The Society continues to produce videos from time to time, especially now when webinars have had to replace our programme of free public talks. All our videos are on YouTube and are listed below; you can find the same on our YouTube channel.

  • Oxford Botanic Garden

    Published 15 January 2021.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/toYPY3kjqWw.

    Thanks to a gift of £5,000 in 1621, Oxford acquired the first scientific garden in Great Britain which now hosts over 5,000 plant species. Gardeners’ Question Time panellist and Deputy Director of the Botanic Garden, Dr Chris Thorogood, explained its history and its role in research, conservation, education and public understanding. With accelerating global warming, what does the future hold?

  • The Future of Personal Mobility

    Published 20 December 2020.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/hcYdxyXvaw4.

    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, took us through some of the challenges and exciting opportunities.

  • Railways of Oxfordshire

    Published 18 December 2020.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/4gamQVHArrU.

    Railway historian Laurence Waters talked 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.

  • Traffic-free Oxford

    Published 2 November 2020.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/ov-aUcGGEDw.

    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.

  • Planning White Paper – webinar

    Published 26 October 2020.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/9JPXRS_uxKg.

    Oxford Civic Society prepared a response to the Government’s White Paper of changes to the planning system. In this webinar Peter Thompson (OCS Planning Grouip) outlines the White Paper’s proposals and the Society’s proposed response. His presentation is followed by a Q&A session.

  • Olive Gibbs – Oxford campaigner

    Published 19 October 2020.
    YouTube link: https://www.oxcivicsoc.org.uk/olive-gibbs-oxford-politician-and-peace-campaigner/.

    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.

    The recording of Liz’s talk is no longer available, but for more information please contact Liz at www.lizwoolley.co.uk.

  • Rewilding – restoring ecosystems

    Published 15 September 2020.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/ZuKXnEJQy8M.

    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.

  • Oxford Liveable Streets

    Published 8 September 2020.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Jw6jwhHYaVM.

    On Tuesday 8 September Dr Scott Urban of Oxfordshire Liveable Streets, explained low-traffic neighbourhoods with successful examples from elsewhere. He discussed what we could do here to claim back our streets for the people who live in them.

  • Inequality in Oxford

    Published 15 June 2020.
    YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI99BPuNrRo.

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

  • Litter Picking Hero Rylee

    Published 16 February 2020.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/0RtXxTmvAeo.

    Rylee, a young litter picking inspiration, has been sharing his top tips for litter picking ahead of OxClean’s big Spring Clean at the end of the month.

    In the video, Rylee explains why litter picking is important and why people should get involved in the Spring Clean. As someone who has been litter picking for some time, young Rylee is well-placed to share his wisdom.

  • Redbridge P&R Blue Plaque

    Published 1 November 2019.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/hI5s_VSzgvg.

    A Blue Plaque commemorating the launch of Oxford’s Park & Ride scheme in 1973 was unveiled at Redbridge on Friday 1st November 2019. Oxford Civic Society, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, was instrumental in getting this milestone achievement implemented.

  • Volunteering with OCS and OxClean

    Published 29 March 2017.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/ZsPFCVBMy0g.

    Sophie Law of BBC Radio Oxford interviews two volunteers from Oxford Civic Society who are active in the OxClean initiative.

  • Oxford Futures 2014

    Published 10 November 2014.
    YouTube link: https://youtu.be/gz_t7xxYgPE.

    Oxford Civic Society launched the report “Oxford Futures” by Nicholas Falk of URBED in March 2014. This is a short record of the launch.