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July 2019

The Making of Melsetter

8th July 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Don't miss out on this fascinating insight into the latest collection from Morris & Co. Melsetter pays homage to the until recently unsung hero of the Arts & Crafts Movement, May Morris. Discover how the work of Morris’s younger daughter, a true designer / maker and outstanding needlewomen, inspired the Morris & Co. studio and get an insight into how fabric and wallpaper are designed and created. £7 Booking is essential, please 01491 415600 or fill in the form below. Click here…

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The Wardle Family

12th July 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Discover the story of the Wardle family who had strong connections with William Morris and find out how rivers played a part in their combined histories. Thomas Wardle, master dyer, introduced William Morris to the craft of natural dyeing and his wife Elizabeth shared Morris’ passion for embroidery. George Wardle managed Morris & Co for 20 years at a crucial stage of the firm’s development and oversaw production at Merton Abbey. The talk is given by Dr Brenda M King,…

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October 2019

The Rise and Fall of Pleasure Boating on the Thames

24th October 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Victorian period is often described as the ‘golden age of the Thames’, as it was during this time that the river was transformed into a vast conduit of leisure. It was the era of steam launch trips, Venetian fairs, regattas, picnics, carnivals and ‘three men in a boat’. This talk covers more than 150 years of pleasure boating and shows why some common perceptions about the river’s history are misleading. With Dr Simon Wenham, historian and tutor at Oxford…

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November 2019

Children and War: Experiences of the Second World War in Oxfordshire

4th November 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Evacuees at Oxford Station

Liz Woolley is a local historian specialising the history of Oxford’s “town” – as opposed to “gown” – and in the everyday lives of rural people across the county, chiefly during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Oxfordshire escaped major bombing during World War Two but the county’s inhabitants were, none-the-less, heavily affected by the War. Preparations for attack and invasion altered the familiar landscape and everyday life in towns and villages was disrupted. Thousands of evacuees found refuge here…

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The Upper Thames Patrol

13th November 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Upper Thames Patrol

A description of the formation of the waterborne Home Guard of the River Thames. Learn about the development of this unique element of the Home Guard with emphasis on the Thames from Maidenhead to Lechlade, and the structures and artefacts that can still be seen. £7 Booking is essential, please call 01491 415600 or fill in the form below.  Click here to buy tickets Sell tickets online with Ticket Tailor

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Rowing Futures: Gala Reception and Dinner

15th November 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

We are excited to announce a gala event on the evening before our biennial rowing conference - Rowing Futures: Inspiration, engagement & the future. The evening will include the launch of exciting new additions to the Museum’s Rowing Gallery: a display on Women’s Rowing and the installation of The Unbeaten Boat – the 2012 racing hull that never lost a race. As well as achieving the first Olympic Gold for Team GB at the London 2012 Games, The Unbeaten Boat…

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Rowing Futures – Conference

16th November 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Rowing at Beach Sprints

Rowing Futures: Inspiration, engagement & the future Saturday 16 November, 9.30am - 5.30pm A full day conference debating the future of the sport, innovations in format and the growth of indoor rowing, as well as an exclusive opportunity to hear from pioneers in rowing and the chance to meet current GB Rowing Team rowers. The conference also offers participants an opportunity to see an exciting new display in the rowing gallery, telling the inspirational story of women's rowing at the…

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February 2020

The Art of the River – Fully Booked

6th February 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This event is fully booked. The River Thames has inspired artists for over three hundred years and continues to do so today. Discover a selection of artists from the historical to the contemporary and experience their fascinating views of the river and interpretations of its eventful history. Talk given by Alexandra Epps, accredited Arts Society Lecturer and Art History Tutor. £7 Booking is essential, please call 01491 415600.

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‘A Gentle Wildness’: the Natural World of Gertrude Hermes

27th February 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Gertrude Hermes: Birds © The Estate of Gertrude Hermes © The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Gertrude Hermes OBE (1901-1983) was one of the most exciting and innovative wood engravers of the 20th century. This talk will demonstrate her enduring fascination with nature - from water, whales and fish to trees and flowers. With examples drawn from her sketchbooks, prints and sculpture, it will focus on her training and technique, as well as highlighting literary and personal influences on her…

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March 2020

Spotlight Talk: The Boat Race Letter – CANCELLED

24th March 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Boat Race Letter

Due to the temporary closure of the Museum to visitors, this event will not be going ahead.  Join our Curator to find out about the 1829 Boat Race letter, written by Charles Wordsworth of Oxford University to Charles Merivale of Cambridge University. The letter marks the foundation of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, recognised globally as one of the fiercest rivalries in sport. This exciting new acquisition is one of the most important letter correspondences in the history of rowing…

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