Events, Talks and Exhibitions


All talks take place in the Cherry Hall, with tickets on the door at £3.00.  Those joining as members in January 2023 may attend all 6 talks for £10.00.

We also produce an occasional mini mag full of interesting articles which is sent out to members in some of the months when there are no meetings.

Below is a list of planned dates and talks for 2023, all held on Wednesdays at 19.30

15th March The Kennet and Avon Canal, Past and Present Charles East, Volunteer Boatmaster
19th April Garnets in History Sally Spencer
17th May The Monarch’s Way
(Charles II’s escape route after the Battle of Worcester)
William Jackson
20th September From Michael Faraday and Ada Lovelace to Tim Berners- Lee.  The 200 year History of the Internet. Professor Mike Lockwood
18th October The History of Long Wittenham Janet Haylett
15th November Leather’s Lucky Landscape.
Medieval and modern production in Abingdon
Patricia Cooke

Displays in the Village Hall Heritage Centre/Foyer

The group is also responsible for the changing exhibitions in the Heritage Foyer, which currently houses displays on heraldic arms and information on past Royal jubilees and the main jubilees of Queen Elizabeth II.

In view of the approaching coronation, this display will feature adaptations and additions rather than complete changes as much of the existing material remains relevant.

Work in progress includes research on the Geering Almshouses, the Harwell Site, Harwell’s schools, and the church’s monuments.

It’s hoped to stage an exhibition on the latter two items in 2024.

The group is dreadfully short of researchers – if there is anyone out there who can help, PLEASE get in touch!

If there is anyone out there who is knowledgeable on the history of St. Matthew’s in particular?  The HPHG sends grateful thanks to Tony Hughes for his invaluable help to date, but any other information would be welcome.

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