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Speakers for 2021-2022


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings are now being held using the video conferencing App "Zoom". Members are informed how to join each meeting.

The meetings listed below will all be by video conferencing until futher notice. Meetings start at 7.15pm for 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday 10th February 2021
Leisure and Pleasure in Georgian times
Alison Eskriett
How did the Georgians spend their leisure time? What games and diversions entertained them at home, in the country and in town? Discover some of the amusements available to people in the 18th century, from the refined to the bawdy.

Wednesday 10th March 2021
Medieval Stone Masons
James Wright
The talk tonight is about historic stone masonry and the men who shaped not only the material but the architectural appearance of the Mediaeval period. The discussion looks at quarrying, transporting, setting out, cutting and fixing stonework.

Change of speaker for the April meeting
Wednesday 14th April 2021
Oxford - Beer Sausages and Marmalade
Liz Woolley
In the nineteenth century Oxford became well-known for its ‘Celebrated Oxford Sausages’ and for Frank Cooper’s ‘Oxford Marmalade’. The popularity of these delicacies went hand-in-hand with the city’s growing importance as a tourist destination. Meanwhile large numbers of citizens were involved in brewing, baking and the grocery trade, and the families which controlled these businesses had a powerful influence over Oxford’s economic, social and political life. This talk examines the fascinating relationship between food production, tourism and politics in the city.

Wednesday 12th May 2021
Coaching Inns of North Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire
Julian Hunt
Julian returns to take us through the architectural features of the coaching inns. They were usually quite grand with an obvious coach entrance, which in the early days was quite low as nobody then sat on top of the coach. Of course, they also had a large number of stables with space for the grooms, etc. to sleep. Posting inns hired out horses to those with their own coaches as the horses would need replacing after travelling some distance. A post boy would travel with the coach to its next stop in order to bring the horses back. The coming of the railways in the 1840s however spelt the death knell for coaching inns.

Wednesday 9th June 2021
Corsets and Codpieces - A study of Tudor underwear
Dr Nic Fulcher
Join costume historian Dr Nic Fulcher for a light-hearted journey exploring the hidden world of Tudor underwear. During the 16th century the natural body shape of both men and women was altered to accommodate the elaborate fashions of the day. One's undergarments are an essential element in achieving the desired effect, but what is actually going on under all of that silk, satin and lace?

Wednesday 14 July 2021
Summer Meeting, outdoors if possible.
Details to be confirmed.
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