Association of Oxford University Pensioners

St John's CollegeAOUP 2016/17 winter programme

Activities for social members

Winter programme 2016/17

Activities for social members

Booking essential: please use the form sent out with Newsletter 53

Explore Oxford’s industrial past -Walking tour with Liz WoolleyTues 11th, Wed 12th, Thurs 13th October
Mon 17th, Tues 18th Fri 21st October and Monday 24th October
All walks start at 10.30am


Oxford Playhouse, Sand in the SandwichesThursday, 27th and Saturday, 29th October, 2.30pm



Carol Service and Christmas Lunch, Exeter College
Wed 14 December



The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, WoodstockTues 10th, and Fri 20th January at
10.30am, 11.30am 2.30pm or 3.30pm




Guided visit to "The Kilns" (C.S. Lewis's home)Tuesday 7th, 14th and 21st February
Thursday 9th 16th and 23rd February
Saturday 11th, 18th and 25th February
all tours start at 10.30 am





Guided visit to Trinity College, Oxford and related talk by Professor Martin Kemp, renowned art historian

10th March 2017 at 11 am in the main Lecture Theatre of the Weston Library.  This is situated in the former New Bodleian Library building on the corner of Broad St and Parks Rd.

An illustrated lecture on the recent one million pound restoration of the college’s unique baroque Chapel (1694). In his talk Professor Martin Kemp pays tribute to the masterpiece of art and architecture within his own college’s walls and discusses the issues raised by its recent restoration.


Thurs 16th March 11.00 am and 2.30pm
Friday 17th March 11.00 am and 2.30pm
Thurs 23rd March 11.00 am and 2.30pm




Please note that the college visit will also include a rare opportunity to visit the college’s Old Library. This is the original library of Durham College, the Oxford house of the Benedictine monks, which was erected between 1417-21 before the foundation of Trinity College in 1555. The earliest books in the library date from the late 15th century and also include books from Henry VIII’s library at Greenwich.

Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College.  He is a world authority on Leonardo da Vinci and has published extensively on Renaissance art and the links between art and science.


Special excursion to Chester

8 – 12 May 2017


Past Events

Go to the Photographs link at top of any page to view pictures of previous events
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.

Philip Sharman: Bees – Life-cycle and Interesting Questions
Wednesday 19 October 2016
We know how important all pollinators are, but humans are particularly dependant on the honey bee.  Beekeepers work with these insects; the difference between feral and managed is very fine.  How do honey bees differ from other social insects?  Why honey? What behaviours have allowed the honey bee to escape the predation of man, and which do beekeepers use to make their job easier?  How has the management of bees developed?  How do bees protect elephants?  These questions will be answered – accompanied by the odd anecdote.

Further information can be found here




Martin Buckland: The Invisible Brick – Revealed in Language and Literature, Film and Fiction, Music and Murder, in the local area and much more.
Wednesday 16 November 2016A different look at an article so abundant that it becomes invisible. There will be numerous pictures relating to the world of bricks - you may be surprised that many are not of bricks themselves!.

Barbara Hudson: Writing after retirement – is there a novel in you?
Wednesday 7 December 2016Barbara Lorna Hudson is an ex-social worker who has ended up as an Oxford don. When she retired she tried her hand at writing fiction. In this talk she tells of the rough rocky road to publication culminating in the release of her first novel, Timed Out, about aging and Internet dating. She offers encouragement and advice and a few warnings to anyone tempted to take up writing, be it a memoir, a few short stories or a novel.

Further information can be found here

Dr Gillian WhiteBess of Hardwick
Wednesday 17 January 2017Bess of Hardwick is one of the most fascinating women of the sixteenth century. Four times married, she became wealthier with each husband and climbed the social ladder to become England’s premier countess. A friend of Elizabeth I, sometime gaoler to Mary, Queen of Scots, and grandmother to a potential queen, Bess moved in and out of the pages of Elizabethan history.

This talk tells her story and introduces her great surviving masterpiece, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.
Further information can be found here.

AGM and Dr Bart van Es: 1594: Shakespeare’s Most Important Year
Wednesday 15 February 2017In the summer of 1594 William Shakespeare decided to invest around £50 to become a shareholder in a newly formed acting company: the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.  This lecture will examine the consequences of this decision, which was unique in English theatrical history.  By examining the early modern theatrical marketplace and the artistic development of Shakespeare’s writing before and after this moment, it is hoped that the talk will show why 1594 was, by some measure, Shakespeare’s most important year.

Further information can be found here

Mark Davies: King of all Balloons: The Adventurous Life of James Sadler, the First English Aeronaut
Wednesday 15 March 2017James Sadler (1753-1828), a High Street pastry chef, became the first Englishman to build and fly an air balloon, in Oxford in 1784.  During an adventurous life he went on to develop laboratory equipment, "philosophical fireworks", engines, guns, and explosives, both independently and while employed by the Navy. This talk describes his life.

Further information can be found here