The Charlbury Society

The Charlbury Society was formed in 1949 to foster an understanding and interest in the history of Charlbury and Oxfordshire, and to encourage interest in the character and appearance of the town.  It does this by supporting the museum and through a series of talks and outings to places of interest.  The Society appoints the Museum Curator and the members of the Museum Committee, and the four officers of the Society serve on the Museum Committee.

Meetings are held once a month, usually on the first Thursday of each month between October and May. During the Covid pandemic, these have been held on Zoom.  These meetings have been incredibly well attended and we are delighted to have been able to welcome so many new members, with membership now the largest for quite some time.  Last season’s talks covered topics as diverse as Charlbury buildings, spying on captured German generals in the Second World War, and the Elizabethan court and the links with the Ditchley estate.

During the current Covid pandemic, meetings continue to be held on Zoom.

Talks for 2021-2022

There are just two talks remaining in this year’s programme.

7th April 2022  An evening with Charlbury Museum.  Four speakers share stories of some of the objects in the museum, the buildings in the town, and how past curators have built up such a varied collection telling the story of Charlbury’s past.

5th May 2022  Judith Curthoys: Christ Church’s land and livings in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.  Combined with the Society’s AGM.



The Society also organises visits to places of interest both locally and further afield.  In June 2019 we had a wonderful day at Chavenage Manor, near Tetbury, which is Trenwith in the Poldark TV series.  We were given a quite exceptional and fascinating tour by the owner, Caroline Lowesley Williams.  Everyone was full of praise for the visit and many said it was the best tour ever in a long series of historic house visits.

Our outings planned for 2020 and 2021 to Owlpen Manor (see photograph below) and to Ditchley Park had to be cancelled, but these will take place as soon as appropriate.

Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire

We are keen to hear your views on our society, making it as inclusive as possible, and encouraging you to submit ideas for talks.  Do please contact us with suggestions going forward, and we shall keep you updated with plans for the season.  We should particularly like to encourage members to join our committee, especially new members.  Contact Nikki Rycroft on

To join our talks or outings, please join the Society.

Individual membership: £8.50

Family membership – two adults at same address: £17.00

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