Association of Oxford University Pensioners

St John's CollegeAOUP 2017/18 winter programme

Activities for social members

Winter programme 2017/18

Booking essential: please use the form sent out with Newsletter 55

Visit The Pitt Rivers Museum
(closing date for applications 9 October 2017)

A guided tour of Pitt Rivers Museum. The museum displays archaeological and ethnographic items from all over the world and was founded in 1884 with over 26000 objects. It now holds more than half a million. Unusually, objects are displayed according to type, rather than by geographical or cultural attributes Tours start at 11.00am on Wednesday 8th, Tuesday 21st & Tuesday 28 November 2017.
Tours start at 2.00pm on Thursday 9th, Monday 13 & Friday 24th November 2017


Christmas Lunch, Wednesday, 13th December 2017, Exeter College
(closing date for applications 13 November 2017)

A Carol Service in Exeter College Chapel (12 noon, doors open from 11.15am) to be followed by Christmas lunch in Hall at 1.00pm

Note: Seating in Hall is on benches and chairs with reserved seating on chairs for those for whom a bench is a real problem. Please note this on your application, and a chair will be reserved for you and anyone accompanying you, with named place cards on the table

Visit to Viridor Energy Facility (apologies not accessible by public transport)
(closing date for applications 11 December 2017)

Viridor Energy Facility began operation in 2014, treating 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste each year.  It will divert at least 95% of Oxfordshire’s residual municipal waste away from landfill and generate enough electricity to power around 38,000 homes.  Not suitable if you have a pacemaker and you will need to get there by car – it’s not easily accessible by public transport.  Emergency contact number required. Thursday 11th, Monday 15th & Tuesday 23rd January 10.00am

Walk with Liz Woolley - Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford
(closing date for applications 5 January 2018)

In the mid nineteenth century, changing employment and rising wages led to a demand for entertainment for the working classes.  Find out how and where Oxford citizens spent their free time.
Fri 2nd, Tues 6th, Mon 19 February 2018 Walks start at 2.00pm
Wed 7th, Thurs 8, Thurs 22 & Tues 27 February 2018, Walks start at 10.00am


Visit to University College, Oxford
(closing date for applications 9 February 2018)

Visit to University College, one of the three oldest in Oxford, led by Alastair Lack.  Introductory talk in the dining hall, including the many fine portraits in the hall, then the chapel, then the front quad, followed by the Radcliffe quad and finally the Shelley Memorial.
Friday 9th, Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th Thursday 29th March 2018.

All tours at 200pm

AOUP Trip to the Isle of Man
(closing date for applications 21 October 2017)
Sunday 20 – Thursday 24 May 2018.
The full itinerary can be found here.



Past Events

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Reports on previous events are available in the Newsletter


Talks (open to all members)

All the talks take place on Wednesday and will be held in the Department of Engineering Science (see the map below), starting at 2.15pm in Lecture Theatre 1. Tea, coffee and cake will be served after the talks in the Holder Common Room nearby.

Sophie Huxley -The Oxford Bestiary
Wednesday 15 November
The Oxford Bestiary is a book about all the animals in Oxford's history and their depiction in stone, in street names and in literature. The talk will look at the significance of different animals, using the many examples of animals represented in this city, with the audience adding to the list of any missed by the speaker.
Jane RobinsonBluestockings
Wednesday 6 December
Bluestockings was first published in 2009, when it was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week. It tells the inspiring story of the first few cohorts of women students at English universities - often in their own words - from the founding of Girton at Cambridge in 1869 to the outbreak of World War Two. Despite the prejudice and sacrifices they and their families faced, spirited young women from all backgrounds persevered with determination and good humour to pave the way for the generations who have followed them into academia.
Martin Kemp - Leonardo Da Vinci
Wednesday 27 January
Is there anything new to say about the world's most famous painting?  The answer is emphatically yes, providing the new things are real and not the product of fevered imaginations and proliferating myths.
A large body of important archival work now allows is to put real flesh on the previously dry bones of the main participants - Leonardo’s lawyer father, Francesco del Giocondo, commercial opportunist, and Lisa his wife, and, of course Leonardo. We now know, for example, the name of Leonardo’s mother who was a 16-year old orphan with a 2-year-old brother. On the new basis of the real people, we can look afresh at the painting to understand how the standard portrait of a middle-class woman developed into a “universal picture” that embodied all Leonardo’s aspirations for painting as the “universal” art. This involves psychology, the human body, optics, meteorology, and his revolutionary sense of the evolution of the body of the earth. This scientific basis is interwoven with a profound challenge to Renaissance poets and their beguiling evocations of “beloved ladies”, who remain for ever out of the reach of our ragged passions. The real picture now looks even more remarkable that the Lisa of legend.

Malcolm Graham - 'Oxford Covered Market: Past and Present' followed by AGM
Wednesday 21 February.
The talk will examine the creation of the Covered Market in the 1770s which cleared the streets of market stalls as part of a wider programme to modernise and transform the city. It will cover the subsequent development and expansion of the market and its changing character over the years up to the recent opening of an Oxford United stall!

 Timothy Walker The genius of the place: 400 years of garden design in the heart of Oxford
Wednesday 21 March
The history of English garden design can be told in different ways but rarely can it be told "through the lens" of one garden.  The Oxford Botanic Garden was founded at the beginning of the 17th century and its design bears all three hallmarks of 17th century design, namely symmetry, symmetry, and symmetry.  Through the next 400 years successive Horti Praefecti (head gardeners) changed the features reflecting the art of gardening, and very occasionally the science of botany.   This talk will look at how the art of gardening has changed in four centuries in four acres of Oxfordshire and how the Oxford Botanic Garden now reflects garden design at the beginning of the 21st century.