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

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

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 (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. .

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.