Programme 2019

Meetings take place on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm in Warmington Village Hall. Members free, guests, £2

(Page updated 30th January 2019)


21st February

 Dr Rowena E Archer: Understanding Joan of Arc

Medieval historian Dr Rowena E. Archer is a Fellow and lecturer at Brasenose College and lecturer at Christ Church. She teaches French History from 1000 – 1500 and has a particular interest in the experiences of women. Dr Archer runs a specialist course on Joan of Arc and her Age, 1419-1435

Joan of Arc was not from a noble or military family but believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its war with England. She lead the French army to victory over the English at Orléans and was then captured by Anglo-Burgundian forces, tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431 at the age of 19. By the time she was officially canonized in 1920, the Maid of Orléans, as she was known, had long been considered one of history’s greatest saints, and an enduring symbol of French unity and nationalism.

Through her researches and teaching Rowena has added greatly to the understanding of the life and times of Jeanne d’Arc.

Her talk to the group promises to be a must for anybody interested in the role of women in history and how that translates to womens’place in society both then and now.

21st March

Matt Armitage:

Tooley’s Boatyard and the Oxford Canal. 

The History of the Oxford Canal and the famous boat building boatyard and the people who worked there.


18th April

The use of Old Maps, LIDAR and Metal Detecting to Investigate Ancient Tracks and Byways.

Presented by Colin Clay and Phil Taylor.

(Lidar is a surveying method which uses light beamed from (usually) above to the ground where it is reflected back to give a detailed outline of the surface. 

Look for the area near you by going to:   Unfortunately Warmington lies just outside the surveyed area. Sounds like a very interesting talk).


16th May

Ginny Davis:

A talk on Felons. (More details to follow).


20th June

Chris Hone:

A talk on the Wroxton Mineral Railway.


22nd June (Saturday)

 A walk down the tracks from Wroxton with Chris Hone


July tbc


August tbc


19th September

Sarah Richardson:

The Cobden Sisterhood: politics and culture in the age of women’s sufferage.


17th October

Member’s Miscellany.

21st November


December tbc

Christmas Social.