Activities for social members
Remaining event from Summer programme (booking closed)
Coach to Marlow, Henley, Cookham, and Maidenhead, and boat trip along the Thames back to Marlow
Monday 15 September 2014
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Winter programme 2014/15
Activities for social members
Booking essential: please use the form sent out with Newsletter 49
Guided tour of BMW Car Works Oxford Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 October 2014 Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 October 2014
Visit to University Church St Mary the Virgin Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 November 2014 Wednesday 12 November 2014
Christmas lunch and Carol Service at Exeter College
Friday 19 December 2014
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Wednesday 7 January 2015
A guided walk of Slimbridge
Tuesday 10 February 2015
Blue Plaques of Oxford Walk with Alistair LackThursday 5 March 2015
Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 March 2015
Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 March 2015
Monday 23 and Wednesday 25 March 2015
Special excursion to Bristol
Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 2015
Talks (open to all members)
Department of Engineering Science Lecture Theatre 1 at 2.15pm
Reggie Hayworth: Rhinos on the Lawn - Growing up in the Cotswold Wildlife Park Wednesday 15 October 2014Reggie Heyworth's father founded the Cotswold Wildlife Park in his family's 3000 acre estate, and it has since grown to hold more than 2000 animals, including the rhinos of the title. Reggie Heyworth is the current Director and he will describe what it was like to be a part of this amazing success story from the start.
Dr Graham Legget: Hot Air!
Wednesday 19 November 2014The world’s atmosphere is under continuous surveillance. Accurate and traceable measurements of atmospheric pollutants from both natural and anthropogenic sources are critical for improving our quality of life, and the health of the planet, while working to maintain a stable world economy. We’ll look at the sophisticated technologies, ambitious projects, and politics associated with the efforts to balance the needs of the natural world with technological progress
Tim Porter: Medieval Pilgrims - A Window on their World
Wednesday 10 December 2014The roads of medieval Britain were thronged with pilgrims on their way to the shrines of the saints. Why did they go, and what did they hope for? This talk will examine the urge to be a pilgrim, and show something of what’s left – shrines, statues, stained glass, churches, routes, gorgeous landscapes and much more.
Dr Michael Redley: John Buchan's Oxford
Wednesday 21 January 2015John Buchan, the writer and politician, author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, was a Brasenose man who came back to live at Elsfield north-east of Oxford after a successful career in publishing and war service as the first director of the Department of Information. He left Elsfield to be governor general of Canada in 1935, where he died in 1940. Michael will talk about what Oxford meant to Buchan, and its role in his writing and his career.
AGM and Simon Bailey:An introduction to the University Archives
Wednesday 18 February 2015The University Archives, based in the Bodleian Library, is responsible for the administrative records of the University, dating from the early thirteenth century. Simon Bailey, Keeper of the Archives, will give an illustrated overview of the history of the department and its holdings.
Simon Wenham:Pleasure Boating on the Thames (The History of the business of Salter Brothers 1958 to the present day)
Wednesday 18 March 2015This is a talk on how the firm fitted in within the socio-economic context of Oxford and the Thames, the contribution to different forms of water-based leisure and how they managed to survive given the challenges such businesses faced.