Association of Oxford University Pensioners

St John's CollegeAOUP 2018 Summer programme

Activities for social members Summer 2018

Booking essential: please use the form sent out with Newsletter 56 (guidelines can be found here)

Visit to the People's Post Railway
This outing combines a walk following the story of posting a letter from the earliest times to the coming of the GPO with a visit to the brand new Postal Museum and a ride on the Mail Rail beneath the streets of London.
Saturday 14th April & Saturday 21st April 2018

Visit to Chavenage
We visit a Cotswold Manor House, virtually unchanged for 400 years, guided by a member of the family. You may also recognise the house as Trenwith, in the television series Poldark. A buffet lunch (included in the cost) will be provided in the Ball Room.
Wednesday 9th May & Tuesday 15th May 2018

Visit to Selborne
We visit the home of Gilbert White, 18th Century naturalist and author of The Natural History of Selborne and the garden and estate where he made many of his discoveries.  The Oates Collections celebrate two explorers Frank and Lawrence Oates, (the latter travelled with Scott).  A guided tour of the garden, and a sandwich lunch are included
Tuesday 5th June & Wednesday 13th June 2018

Visit to Compton Verney 
Compton Verney is an award-winning art gallery, set in 120 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland. There will be a guided tour of the exhibitions “Marvellous Mechanical Museum” and “Rodney Peppé’s World of Invention” and free time to explore the gallery and park.
Thursday 12th July & Tuesday 17th July 2018

Garden Party at St Hugh's College
This will be held in the Maplethorpe Hall, St Hugh’s College, a bright spacious room with doors opening to the garden outside. Drinks and canapés are included.
Wednesday 1 August 2018

Visit to Old Wardour Castle and Stourhead 
The medieval Old Wardour Castle was adapted in the late 16th-century by the architect Robert Smythson.. During the 18th century the site was landscaped to appeal to the Gothick sensibility. We then go on to Stourhead with its Palladian house designed by Colen Campbell and one of the greatest landscape gardens of the 18th century.
Wednesday 12th September & Thursday 20th September 2018

Special excursion to Isle of Man
Sunday 20th - Thursday 24 May 2018

Talks (open to all members)


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

Winter events 2018

Lectures and local visits will be announced in the Autumn Newsletter

Date for the Carol service and Christmas lunch at Exeter College
Wednesday 12 December 2018

Reports for Winter Lectures

Reports of talks given in the Autumn/Winter Lecture series are published in the the AOUP Newsletter.

If any member is willing to write a report of a particular talk for the Newsletter would they please let the Editors know in advance by sending an email to:


Past Events

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