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.  Meetings are held once a month, usually on the first Thursday of each month between October and May.

Talks for 2023-24

Talks take place either in person in The Memorial Hall, Charlbury or on Zoom.  All start at 8pm.

5th October 2023  FarmEd: Who, What, Why   Founder, Ian Wilkinson, and Jonty Brunyee, Head of Sustainable Farming & Food, will talk about their work promoting regenerative agriculture, farming with nature, sustainable food and the climate crisis.  In the Memorial Hall

9rd November 2023  Drovers Roads in Oxfordshire and Beyond   Tim Healey illustrates how drovers were responsible for carving an extraordinary network of roads across Britain.  In the Memorial Hall

7th December 2023  Felicia Skene: Oxford writer, prison reformer, and friend to the poor   Liz Woolley looks at the life and work of Felicia Skene, one of Oxford’s social reformers helping those excluded by society including the homeless, sex workers and prisoners.  On Zoom

4th January 2024  Go West: the Story of the A40  Sean Gallery, Blue Badge Guide, takes us on an entertaining ride across England and Wales with many stories and surprises along the way.  On Zoom

1st February 202   Recycling in West Oxfordshire  Dr Lydia Arciszewska looks at how our recycling is sorted, where it goes, what the transport issues are and how they manage the wrong stuff in bins.  On Zoom

7th March 2024  Food of the Gods: adventures in chocolate  Melanie King, an Oxfordshire resident, shares some lesser-known myths, legends and strange adventures of chocolate.  In the Memorial Hall

4th April  2024  A History of Gardens in Oxfordshire   Robin Lane Fox is author of the UK’s longest-running weekly gardening column.  As Garden Fellow he is responsible for maintaining the gardens at New College, Oxford.  He will bring his long experience of garden writing to this entertaining lecture.  In the Memorial Hall

9th May 2024  Gloving in Oxfordshire  Please note change of date.  Carol Anderson, former Director of the Oxfordshire Museum and Manager of the County Museum Service, looks at what was a major industry in Charlbury.  She will explore its medieval origins and its development into an industry which by the late 19th century employed thousands across West Oxfordshire. In the Memorial Hall

6th June 2024  Tragedy, Bravery and Mystery: Beating the Bounds 1924  Rob Stepney will piece together the events 100 years ago when three children drowned while taking part in beating the bounds.  He will use eye-witness accounts, testimony at the inquest and the many photographs taken that day to look at how and where the accident happened, and the aftermath which shook the whole town.  As part of the talk there will be a short film made with Rob Jackson (whose mother was there that day) and Alan Snelling.  3.30pm in the Memorial Hall and Corner House garden.


To join our talks, please join the Society.

Individual membership: £8.50

Family membership – two adults at same address: £17.00

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