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

Mark Davies on: ‘Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races’

Although the first known inter-college race was held in 1815, competitive rowing was still a low-key affair in Oxford when Cambridge University issued the first challenge in 1829. That changed in 1843, when a seven-man Oxford crew won an unlikely victory and rowing displaced cricket as the pre-eminent summer sporting activity. In between, an unusual alliance of Town & Gown had seen Thames’ watermen and boatbuilders – some immortalised in fiction – crucially equipping and training the early Oxford crews.

Mark Davies is an Oxford local historian, guide, and author with an especial interest in the history and literature of Oxford’s waterways. He has lived on a residential narrowboat on the Oxford Canal since 1992 and has led towpath walks in Oxford for 20 years. Most of his talks focus on the waterways of Oxford, including literary themes (especially Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’, on which he has spoken as far afield as India), but his other distinctive specialties include: Oxford Castle; 400 hundred years of the Botanic Garden; and the local contributions to the origins of hot-air ballooning. He is currently assisting the Museum of Oxford in preparation for its reopening in 2020.

October talk: Professor Malcolm Airs ‘William and Jessie Macfarlane and their Mission for Dorchester’.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

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

May
27
Wed
Historical Society
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Jun
24
Wed
Historical Society
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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