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.
The Meetings and Summer Outing are open to everyone. Visitors and new members are always very welcome.
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.
Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman