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Apr
24
Wed
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area

After the Reformation, a minority of our ancestors – known as ‘popish recusants’ – refused to abandon Roman Catholicism, despite it being made illegal in England. Some others who were Catholic at heart conformed outwardly to the Church of England and were known as ‘church papists’. This talk reveals how recusants and church papists ensured the secretive survival of Catholicism in Oxfordshire and Berkshire during the long period in which ‘the old faith’ was outlawed. It also incorporates a more detailed look at the recusants of Dorchester and district.

Born 1949 in Reading, Tony is a retired chartered building surveyor, information scientist, operational risk manager and museum administrator, who has also been a freelance broadcaster. Today he is a historian specialising in bicycle history, Thames Valley recusancy and family history. He has lived most of his life in Berkshire and Oxfordshire and has been chairman of the Oxfordshire Local History Association for the past seven years. He was previously vice chairman and journal editor of the Oxfordshire Family History Society. He is currently working on a volume for the Oxfordshire Records Society and on another for the Veteran-Cycle Club.
Looking forward, the speaker on May 22nd will be Alex Davies on ‘The archaeological dig at Great Western Park, Didcot’

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

May
22
Wed
Historical Society : The Archaeological Dig at Great Western Park Didcot
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : The Archaeological Dig at Great Western Park Didcot

The housing development at Great Western Park allowed archaeologists to explore in detail a vast area of landscape. This revealed significant discoveries from virtually every period, allowing for the reconstruction of the various ways in which the inhabitants of Didcot have lived over the last 10,000 years. The evidence is in many respects representative of changes that can be seen over much of southern Britain. This talk will introduce the prehistoric discoveries made at Great Western Park and discuss how they help us understand the lives of our ancestors.

A selection of artefacts found at Great Western Park will also be on display.

Alex Davies obtained his PhD in 2016 on Late Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and society in the Thames Valley. He has since worked in post-excavation at Oxford Archaeology, primarily analysing and writing up prehistoric excavations and pottery. He is interested in all aspects of British and European prehistory, and the use of ethnography in the interpretation of prehistoric society.

Other News

  • Shops and Pubs We were overwhelmed by the attendance at our talk on 27th March and are hoping to repeat it for those who had to be turned away. We are immensely grateful to the local families and individuals who have helped us with this project. Meanwhile, come on our guided tour at the Festival on 6th or 11th May.
  • We are hosting Paul Booth’s talk on the Dorchester Dig on 8th May.
  • There are still places available on our outing to Salisbury on 6 July
  • The new season begins on 25th September, when Mark Davies will give a talk entitled ‘Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge boat races’.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

Sep
25
Wed
Historical Society
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Mark Davies ‘Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge boat races’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Oct
23
Wed
Historical Society
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Professor Malcolm Airs ‘William and Jessie Macfarlane and their Mission for Dorchester’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Nov
27
Wed
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas

Tim Healy ‘A 17th Century Christmas’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Dec
25
Wed
Historical Society
Dec 25 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Jan
22
Wed
Historical Society
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Feb
26
Wed
Historical Society
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Mar
25
Wed
Historical Society
Mar 25 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Apr
22
Wed
Historical Society
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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