Dorchester historical society

Aims and Objectives:

A society open to anyone interested in history, and in particular local history, offering a range of opportunities to pursue personal interests.

 

When do we meet?:

Eight meetings are held each year on the fourth Wednesdays of January to May and September to November in the Village Hall at 7.30p.m. Meetings are listed in the Village Diary and the Dorchester News.

 

Other information:

The Meetings and Summer Outing are open to everyone. Visitors and new members are always very welcome.

 

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Upcoming Events:

Apr
22
Wed
POSTPONED: Historical Society: Liz Woolley ‘Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford’
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm

Postponed due to Coronavirus – date tbc


In the mid nineteenth century changes in employment practices and rising real wages meant that ordinary working people found themselves, usually for the first time, with leisure time and with spare money to spend on recreation. All sorts of establishments arose to fulfil the new demand for entertainment, many of them aimed at keeping people out of the pub. This talk describes where and how Oxford citizens spent their free time, and how the middle classes attempted to impose ‘rational recreation’ on their working-class contemporaries.

Pleasure Boats on the Thames at Oxford ca 1890 – image copyright held by Oxfordshire County Council

Liz lives in Oxford and has an MSc in English Local History from the University’s Department for Continuing Education. She is particularly interested in Oxford’s “town” – as opposed to “gown” – history, and in the lives of ordinary working citizens in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Looking ahead:

  • 27th May: Pam Manix on ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’.
  • 19th May, guided tour of the Fairmile Hospital site at Cholsey, led by Ian Wheeler. Meet by the Great Hall at 2 p.m., suggest car share and donation of £3 per person. More information from Sue Popham.
  • 11th July: summer outing to Hughenden Manor. More information from Gail Thomas.

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

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

 

May
27
Wed
POSTPONED: Historical Society: Pam Manix ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
POSTPONED: Historical Society: Pam Manix ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’

Postponed due to Coronavirus – date tbc


Members free, visitors £3

Sep
23
Wed
Historical Society: Kate Tiller ‘Village Lives: contrasting communities and histories’
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm
Oct
28
Wed
Historical Society: Geoffrey Tyack ‘The Architecture of Georgian Oxford’
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm
Nov
25
Wed
Historical Society: Denise Line ‘A Dorchester Christmas Past’
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm
Dec
23
Wed
Historical Society
Dec 23 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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

Members free, visitors £3

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

Members free, visitors £3

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

Members free, visitors £3

Apr
28
Wed
Historical Society
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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