Association of Oxford University Pensioners

St John's CollegeAOUP 2015/16 winter programme

Activities for social members

From the 2015 Summer programme

Coach tour of Hampstead, followed by a walk through the lanes of Old Hampstead. A guided visit of Kenwood House in the afternoon
Tuesday 8 and Thursday 17 September

Booking closed

Winter programme 2015/16

Activities for social members

Booking essential: please use the form sent out with Newsletter 51

Oxford University Press
Wednesday 7 and Thursday 15 October
Tuesday 20 and Monday 26 October



Oxford Town Hall
Tuesday 3 & Thursday 5 November
Monday 9 & Wednesday 11 November
Friday 13 November



Carol Service and Christmas Lunch, Exeter College
Wed 16 December


Burton Taylor Theatre for performances of The Trials of Galileo
Thursday 7 and   Friday 8 January 2016
Saturday 9 January 2016



A guided tour of Christ Church College
Tues 9 February 2016
Mon 15, Fri 19 and Wed 24 February.



Oxford Literary Walk with Alistair Lack
Tuesday 1 and Thursday 3 March 2016
Wednesday 9 and Friday 11March 2016 Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 March 2016
Monday 21 March 2016


Special excursion to South-East Ireland

Monday 9 to Friday 13 May 2016

Past Events

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Reports on previous events are available in the Newsletter

Database of events from 1990


Talks (open to all members)

Department of Engineering Science Lecture Theatre 1 at 2.15pm.

Toni Staples:Behind the Scenes
Wednesday 21 October 2015

This is a talk about the film and tv industry. Toni Staples is involved in pre-production and the shoot; and she will give a general overview of what that involves, and will talk about some of the productions she’s worked on, including a wide range of TV films and mini series from period dramas to Zombie comedies, such as "Hamlet", "Wolf Hall", "Sherlock" and "Call the Midwife".

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Prof Fred Taylor: The exploration of Mars Wednesday 18 November 2015

The Oxford contribution to some recent space missions to Mars, including one currently operating there, will be discussed in the context of the history of discovery and speculation about conditions on the red planet. Our current focus is on the weather and climate on Mars, in particular in comparing it Mars’s siblings Earth and Venus and trying to understand how habitable Mars is now and was in the past. The presentation will be based on the material in the speaker’s recent book, The Scientific Exploration of Mars (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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Ann Spokes Symonds:  Also-Rans The Injustice of History
Wednesday 9 December 2015

Who was the first to discover or invent the aeroplane, the steam locomotive. evolution and natural selection, vaccination, aspirin, DNA, the incandescent light bulb, the telephone, the first programmable electronic computer, the vacuum cleaner or the Modern Olympic Games?  Perhaps not who you think. Ann Spokes Symonds will tell us that those people who have received fame and praise are not always the ones who should rightly be given the credit.  History has been unjust to the Also-Rans and her aim will be to put the record straight.

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John Warren:   The achievements of Vienna’s Social Democrats in the twenties and early thirties
Wednesday 20 January 2016

Much is known of Vienna of the turn-of-the century, less well known are the achievements of what became known as ‘Red Vienna’. In the immediate aftermath of the Great War Vienna was in a desperate state: the housing situation was appalling, and diseases such as tuberculosis, the Spanish  flu and syphilis raged. In Vienna the Social Democrats, who were elected to govern the city, formed a remarkable administration, making it probably the most successful municipality in the world. A team of dedicated reformers produced the most exhilarating social movement of the post-war period in any European country, attracting the attention of reformers from all over the world (including our own Herbert Morrison).This talk will examine achievements in the areas of housing, health and welfare and education until the socialist administration was swept from power in the short civil-war of 1934. Some of the problems they faced are still with us today. For further information press here.

AGM and Muir Gray:  Sod70! and Sod60! – a Guide to Living Well
Wednesday 17 February 2016

Many people worry about ageing and some try to find the elixir of life, now a big business in California, but ageing is a normal biological process which does not cause significant problems until the nineties. The problems we associate with old age are the result of three other processes – diseases caused by social and environmental factors, loss of fitness and the wrong attitude to life.  All of these can be changed by people in their sixties, seventies and eighties and many of the beliefs about old age are myths. We can increase not only lifespan but also healthspan, reducing the duration of dependency on others but need to plan for a good death as well as a good life.

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Liz Woolley: Children and War:  Experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire
Wednesday 16 March 2016

Oxfordshire escaped major bombing during World War II but the county’s inhabitants were, none-the- less, heavily affected by the War. Preparations for possible attack and invasion altered the familiar landscape and everyday life in towns and villages was disrupted. Thousands of evacuees found refuge here and became part of residents’ homes and schools. This talk looks at how the lives of Oxfordshire children – both those born in the county and those evacuated here – were affected by World War II.

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