2020-2021 Programme

Please note during the current Covid-19 restrictions all our talks will be online.
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21 October 2020

Amy Moore, PhD student, Open University
APR Oxford Town vs Gown and Crown, 16th and 17th century

(Preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 7.30)


18 November 2020

Dr Sean Kingsley, Director, Wreck Watch

Deep-sea Shipwrecks in the Mediterranean: from Ancient Rome to Ming China

16 December 2020

Dr John Broad, Independent Researcher

Plague, Flu and Pandemic in the Buckinghamshire Countryside, 1600-1800

20 January 2021

Dr Mpalive Msiska, Reader in English and Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
The Burden of History in African Literature

Earlier in the year (2020), the BBC showed a documentary entitled: Africa Turns the Page: the novels that shaped a continent

Dr Msiska was one of the featured academic consultants. The documentary dealt with the issues arising over how Africa’s history has been presented to the West by Western writers. The consultants discussed the need to look at African history from the writings of Africans themselves.

Dr Msiska will look at the portrayals of Nigerian society in the work of the great author and, arguably, the founder of the African novel, Chinua Achebe. He will also look at the works of the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Both writers are from former British colonies. Dr Msiska will look at how these writers portrayed their countries’ pre and post colonial histories.


17 February 2021

Tom Shannon, Oxford Metrics plc and Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

‘Known onto God’ Lost in the Battle of Arras (a WWI detective story)


17 March 2021

Dr David Noy, Open University
Winslow 1640-1770: How one man changed a small market town


21 April 2021

Mike Farley, Researcher and Archaeologis

Exploring England’s Shipping and Trade in the Medieval Period

19 May 2021
Dr Jack Cunningham, Reader in Ecclesiastical History, Bishop Grosseteste Universitys

Robert Grosseteste (C.1170-1253): England’s forgotten philosopher (title tbc)

12/19/26 June 2021

SUMMER Afternoon Event: Linslade Church, led by Dr Richard Gem
(2-5 Further details will be forthcoming in the year)


Terry Bloxham, Hon Secretary, Bucks Historical Association

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