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Area: Oxfordshire

'The Society organises a varied programme of meetings and observing evenings throughout most of the year and tries to cater for all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to experienced astronomers. Our closeness to both the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Oxfordshire’s “Space Centre”) and to the University of Oxford ensures a steady stream of high-quality lectures.'

'The Abingdon Museum Friends ... work with Abingdon County Hall Museum as a focal point for Abingdon’s residents and interested parties. Abingdon County Hall, completed in 1682, dominates the centre of this ancient town, once the county town of Berkshire. Its principal creator, Christopher Kempster, was one of Sir Christopher Wren’s masons ... The Abingdon Museum Friends raise funds mainly through membership subscriptions, as well as historical talks, quizzes, and events.'

Category Africa

'Apart from hosting and working with regional study groups and running frequent workshops and conferences to disseminate research findings and publicise topical issues, the Centre runs a weekly seminar on Thursdays where scholars and postdoctoral researchers in Oxford and from different parts of the world present their work. The Centre also regularly hosts prominent African statesmen, leaders, entrepreneurs, social activists, intellectuals, thinkers, scholars, writers, artistes, and others who are interested in Africa and African affairs.'

'The College hosts many lectures and seminars, including those by lecturers appointed by the University and associated with All Souls ... These lectures are open to the public and information about the lectures is posted as soon as it is available.'

'The Ashmolean is first and foremost a University museum. We are committed to making our collections and expertise accessible for academic engagement at Oxford and in partnership with universities worldwide. The Museum is a world-class resource to enrich all kinds of intellectual enquiry, and our curators' scholarship contributes to teaching throughout the Oxford curriculum.'

Category Road Transport

‘In 1998 the Aston Martin Owners Club founded the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT) to provide a permanent home for its extensive archive and collection of vehicles and memorabilia. The Trust now operates independently as a charity under its own auspices with the aim to inspire and educate people in every aspect of the marque’s heritage.'

'Every year ATOM puts on diverse, imaginative and family-friendly events to allow our community to discover world-class science and technology taking place right here, as well as learning about the companies, organisations and scientists who make it happen. ATOM helps build science capital, partnering with schools to engage young people, and encouraging everyone to develop a passion for science and its potential to change the world ... ATOM is managed by a team of volunteers drawn from the science, education and business community in and around Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.'  Normally held Early June.

'Blackfriars is a "Priory", the home of a community of Dominican Friars who open their doors to others, welcoming university students, researchers, men training for priesthood – and many local people who join us for religious services and social events. It is a place of friendly spiritual and intellectual encounter, where faith and reason enter into deep dialogue with the modern world ... Research and debate at Blackfriars are focussed around our two Institutes: The Aquinas Institute; The Las Casas Institute for Social Justice ... The Institutes’ research is propagated into the wider society by means of conferences, talks, books, online resources, and through a developing outreach programme for schools. An annual residential summer school run by the Aquinas Institute offers an introduction to theology for young adults.'

'The Bodleian Libraries is the library service supporting the University of Oxford ... Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; as well as 27 other libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries ... The Bodleian Libraries are also a key part of Oxford’s cultural community and leads an exciting programme of public exhibitions and events to engage communities with our collections ... The Friends of the Bodleian are invited to a lively programme of lectures, exhibitions and concerts designed to explore and enjoy the Libraries’ holdings.'

'Formed in early 2019, we organise monthly talks for anyone interested in military history over the last 200 years from Nelson’s times to the present day. With top quality talks given by writers, academics, former military personnel, and experts in their field with a wide variety of topics ... we can accommodate up to 100 people at each talk in pleasant surroundings, offering a warm and welcoming evening out.'

'Formed in 2005, we are well established amongst the other national societies and enjoy a strong, enthusiastic membership of all ages and abilities, the group being administered by a core committee ... We try and observe whenever conditions and other commitments allow and invite everyone to join us under the stars. Regardless of the weather, however, we also meet once a month in Chipping Norton for a talk by a professional astronomer or CNAAG member and a warm welcome is guaranteed if you care to come along.'

'Chipping Norton Literary Festival is created and run by volunteers. All the fizz and sparkle of the Festival days is a result of year round tireless work by a small army of people who put their enthusiasm and skills – and above all their love of books - to work for their festival and their community.'  Normally held Mid April.

Category Oxford

'Keep up to date with what is going on at Corpus. Read the latest news together with information about special lectures, delivered by distinguished speakers,  and other academic events.'

'The Department for Continuing Education exists to enable Oxford University to reach students beyond the full-time student body. We enhance the local, national and international impact of the University by engaging with audiences that the University would not otherwise reach, including through master’s and doctoral programmes in flexible formats, attracting high-calibre adult learners ... More than 15,000 students enrol on the Department’s programmes each year. They range in age from 18 to 98, and hail from more than 160 countries.'

'For generations people have brought their gifts and skills to enhance the life of Dorchester Abbey and this tradition continues as a huge variety of groups and organisations hire and use the Abbey each year as the venue for a wide and vibrant programme of concerts, theatre, visual arts and other events.'

Category Asia

'Launched in 2001 and, since then, has brought over 200 academics, artists and other performers from around the world to Oxford Brookes for scholarly talks and other public events.'

Category Antiquity

'The Oxford Classics faculty, with some sixty permanent post holders, is one of the largest in the world, and Classics students never have the sense of being in a small minority within the university: over 150 undergraduates and almost 100 graduates are admitted to read classical subjects each year. We can offer an unparalleled range of undergraduate and graduate courses, catering for a huge range of interests. The Faculty hosts three research centres and over twenty research projects, while the research of individual faculty members covers almost every aspect of life, literature and art in the ancient world.'

'Philosophy has been studied at Oxford for over 800 years. Some of the world’s most famous philosophers have taught at Oxford ... Today the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s great centres for research and teaching in philosophy ... The Faculty’s high standing, together with internationally renowned lecture series such as the annual John Locke lectures, attract many distinguished academic visitors, with a very large number of philosophers both from around the UK and from the rest of the world giving lectures or seminars in Oxford each year. Almost every major philosopher speaks in Oxford at some time in their career.'

'Since 1993, the Global Retreat Centre at Nuneham House (administered by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University UK) has welcomed thousands of people from across the world. They come to restore balance and focus to their life through solitude, silence and the study of spiritual values ... Our events range from residential retreats to talks and courses, for grass roots workers in the community to dialogues for leading thinkers on international and environmental issues. All aim to provide insights and experiences into the basics of meditation and the application of values. Whatever your reason for visiting, you will find a warm welcome, a calming and unpretentious atmosphere, and sensitive and experienced speakers.'

Category Rail Transport

'The Great Western Society exists to preserve, restore and operate, as a permanent public exhibition and museum, locomotives, rolling stock, equipment machinery and relics of historical operational and general interest and educational value with particular reference to the former Great Western Railway and its successors following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948 and also to collect, make available for public reference and publish information concerning the history, equipment and operation of the former Great Western and other railways ... The Great Western Society has local groups which organise meetings and events in the Bristol, Oxford, South West (Torbay), Swindon and Taunton areas. The Groups also support the Society by undertaking practical work at Didcot or locally and through the vital elements of fundraising and local publicity.'

'Green Templeton has a busy and varied calendar of events throughout the year, ranging from lectures and seminars to workshops and panel discussions, attracting high profile speakers and experts.'

'The Humanities Division is one of four academic divisions in the University of Oxford, bringing together nine faculties and the Ruskin School of Art. Our faculties are among the largest in the world, enabling Oxford to offer an education in Arts and Humanities unparalleled in its range of subjects, from music and fine art to ancient and modern languages ... The Faculties within the Humanities run a number of public lectures throughout the year.'

'The Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion (IRC) conducts research into religious beliefs and theological concepts in relation to the sciences. Research into beliefs focuses on the application of scientific tools to religious phenomena, such as in the Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR).'

'IF Oxford captures interest in "science and ideas" topics through educational projects and its quality October Festival. Events and long-term community programmes develop meaningful skills while sharing the positive impacts of innovation. Authentic connections with public audiences at the Festival increase science confidence and trust among adults and families.'

Category America - South

'As a centre for the study of the region, the LAC serves as a venue for debating ongoing research and relevant current affairs. Leading international scholars and key public figures from the region regularly contribute to the LAC’s flagship weekly seminar.'

Category Europe

'The idea of establishing a French presence at the heart of the British academic world dates back to at least the beginning of the 20th century. It was defended in particular by the members of the French Club, which existed at the University of Oxford at the time and which brought together a community of francophile students. However, it was not until after the Second World War, in more favourable circumstances that this project was fully executed. The support that the United Kingdom had provided to the Free French provoked a desire to consolidate the links between the two sides of the Channel, in cultural as much as academic terms.'

'Mansfield hosts a lively and engaging series of free public talks, every Friday from 5.30pm, during Oxford University term time ... The talks are open to all and as such are an important element of the College’s public engagement efforts.'

Category Booksellers

'Mostly Books Meets… is a podcast series that sees us speak to incredible authors, journalists, poets and professionals from the world of publishing. We’ll be asking them about the books that shaped them – from their childhood favourites to the book that changed their life.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'In 1995 Dr Ruth Barnes founded the Oxford Asian Textile Group with the aim of making the Oxford textile collections better known to specialists and the interested public.  Oxford has unusual and important collections of textiles from Asia and the Islamic world ... OATG offers an annual programme of events including lectures, study visits and seminars, covering a wide range of subjects.'

'The oldest botanic garden in the UK, founded on July 25th 1621. Established as the Oxford Physic Garden for growing medicinal plants used to teach medical students, the Garden was the birthplace of botanical sciences at Oxford. It became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden in the 1830s to reflect its role in experimental botany ... Situated in Nuneham Courtenay, Harcourt Arboretum is only 20 mins drive from Oxford Botanic Garden, with regular buses.'

'All our events are continuing to take place online. They are free and open to all. We welcome you just as warmly as ever to take part, and enjoy what’s on offer virtually. There’s a wonderful range of opportunities for you to explore some of the most pressing issues facing us today.'

''A Recognised Independent Centre of Oxford University. The principal aim of the Centre is the study of Hindu culture, religion, languages, literature, philosophy, history, arts and society, in all periods and in all parts of the world ... Lectures are a key part of the OCHS programme. One of our goals is to make lectures delivered at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies accessible to all ... As well as our general lectures and Shivdasani lectures and seminars we currently host three named lectures ...' Enquire about attendance. Note also: Friends of the OCHS  'Friends of the OCHS have formed groups across the UK holding events that raise funds and awareness for the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.'

Category Christianity

'OCMS exists to convene practitioners, scholars and leaders in creative and prophetic dialogue, and one way we do this is by fostering spaces where scholarship and practice interface for mutual learning.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Oxford Festival of the Arts is a fortnight of events across the city, which takes place each summer from the third week of June onwards. We attract nationally and internationally renowned performers and artists, as well as exciting newcomers and wonderful home-grown talent. Through our many cultural partnerships, we are able to make use of the buildings, open spaces, and performance venues that our beautiful city of Oxford has to offer. Our mission is to offer a broad programme of performances, events, and experiences embracing music; classical, contemporary and new, theatre, visual art, film, dance, comedy, and literature.'

'The Oxford Geology Group is a dynamic, growing and very active local geological society that has been in constant operation since 1957 ... Our varied programme of illustrated evening lectures runs throughout the year. Two lecture series run in parallel, one on the fourth Tuesday of the month and the other on the second Thursday of the month ... Lectures aim to cater for those starting out in the Earth and planetary sciences as well as those with some specialist knowledge.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Membership includes some of Britain’s leading Fine Press printers, a wide range of design, printing and publishing professionals – from students to the retired – and a growing number of Fine Press collectors and dealers ... Nine of the eleven monthly meetings (there is a summer break) feature a speaker of some distinction on a printing- or book-related topic or take the form of a visit to a noted library, Press or museum. There is generally time for a stimulating interchange of news and ideas between members before the talk - and afterwards an opportunity to meet the speaker.'

'In reviving the Oxford Festival – we are determined to reinforce our longstanding commitments to: * freedom of speech, debate, and diversity; and maintaining our tradition of courteous dialogue, allowing for contentious and difficult subjects to be publicly examined; * the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching; * providing platforms for as wide a range of published topics as possible.' Normally held Late March.

'The Philosophical Society is a community of enthusiastic amateur philosophers. Although it includes amongst its members academics and professionals from various fields of activity, as well as people who do hold academic qualifications in philosophy, the Society is not an academic research organisation. Its purpose is to advise and encourage anyone who has an interest in philosophy, and to help students who attend classes in philosophy organised by OUDCE (Oxford University Department for Continuing Education).'

'Oxford University Museum of Natural History was established in 1860 to draw together scientific studies from across the University of Oxford. Today, the award-winning Museum continues to be a place of scientific research, collecting and fieldwork, and plays host to a programme of events, exhibitions and activities for the public and school students of all ages.'

'Our objectives are "to further and promote the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment" ... We provide an educational programme for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper, including taster sessions, meetings and practical courses for beginners.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'Oxfordshire Gardens Trust is all about exploring and celebrating the wonderful parks and gardens in the county, both large and small, public and private, historic and contemporary. Join us to learn about them, their history and the challenge of caring for them in the 21st century. We have a fascinating programme of activities throughout the year, including lectures on a wide range of topics and guided visits to parks and gardens, often private and only accessible by special arrangement. Membership is a great opportunity to find out more and of course to make new friends.'

'We have bold aims: to be a pioneering institution challenging and crossing boundaries; to influence the lives of a diverse local, national and international audience; and to be a place of welcome, where difficult conversations can take place alongside enjoyment, awe and surprise. In a world that is increasingly divided and opinionated, and with so many people from so many communities, countries and backgrounds visiting, we want to be a place that can be of personal relevance to each and every visitor. We want to be a place that inspires people to find new ways to look at things, new ways of thinking about things but also to be a space which cares for people as well as things.'

'We aspire to be a world-class business school community, embedded in this world-class University, tackling world-scale problems ... Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a young, vibrant, and entrepreneurial business school deeply embedded in the world’s most prestigious university. We deliver cutting-edge education and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society.'

Category Arts Festivals

'We are an inclusive, community-driven arts and literature festival situated in the picturesque market town of Thame. Our mission is to inform, inspire and entertain people of all ages.' Normally held Mid October.

'A hub for intellectual collaboration and cross disciplinary research projects, based in the Humanities at the University of Oxford. While our funding, training and networks develop research projects and careers, our engagement activity increases the social impact and understanding of humanities research amongst a wider public audience.'

'To create Talks and Series (such as Seminar Series and Conferences), you need to apply to become a Talks Editor. All members of the University are entitled to be a Talks Editor, if you are a student, please ask a member of staff to approve your application ... Please be aware that your talks will be advertised quite widely in the University. They may, for instance, be included in weekly digests and be added to people’s calendars. For this reason, please be sure to keep your talk information up-to-date ... The Home Page will show you all talks for the next 30 days - you can use the tabs to see tomorrow’s or next week’s talks.'

'An eclectic and lively mixture of events covering literature, poetry, comedy, history, science, the arts and much more. Held during the October school holiday, the Festival is dedicated to promoting the love of literature in all its forms to everyone in Wantage, Oxfordshire & Beyond!'

'Wild Bicester is a joint project between the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Bicester Garden Town and Cherwell District Council and we want to invite everyone, whatever their age or background, to get involved and turn their homes and communities into wildlife rich places to create a greener, healthier and wilder Bicester ... '

'Founded in 2009 with the aim of presenting high quality talks on literature to local book lovers, offering time to socialise after the talk with refreshment (a glass of wine at evening talks/tea and cake at afternoon talks). Since then its reputation and membership have grown and we are pleased to welcome members and visitors from Oxfordshire and beyond.'

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