Events under 'Vale branch'
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Meetings of the Vale of the White Horse branch (at Abingdon)

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Vale Branch - Yesterday's Runways

The Thames Valley and adjacent county areas contain the sites of many former airfields which are now truly 'Yesterday's Runways'. This talk outlines the development of airfields across the area from the 1930's and their peak numbers in World War II to their post war decline.  The layout structures and the historical importance of these iconic locations are illustrated and described.

Speaker: Bill King

Monday, February 18, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch - Poverty, Pestilence & Public Health

Britain may have been the 'workshop of the world' in the Victorian period, but the sceptre of poverty and pestilence loomed large over the lives of many of its citizens.  A large proportion of people were not only close to the bread line, but repeated epidemics decimated whole swathes of the population.

This talk explores the wealth and health of the British during the Victorian period and the State's struggle to improve conditions.

Speaker: Simon Wenham

Monday, June 17, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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FREE - Family History Helpdesk - FREE

Vale of White Horse Branch will be at ABINGDON library to help you start your Family History research or break down those brick walls you may have come to.

To book your free one-to-one session call Abingdon library on 01235 520374. We recommend asking for a one-hour session. Places are limited

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Vale Branch: Open Evening

Vale Branch 'What did you find at the Record Office'

A chance for attendees to talk informally and seek advice about their family history research, brick walls and/or eureka moments.  An enjoyable evening where even the most experienced family historians can learn something new.

This meeting is ideal for those new to family history.

Monday, September 16, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch: Riots, Randies & Women not their Wives

A talk explaining the social and living conditions of the 19th Century railway navvy, his recreations and pastimes and the plight of his wife and her children.

Speaker: Judy Rouse

Monday, October 21, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch: Oxford & the Spanish Civil War

In July 1936 right-wing army officers staged a coup against the democratically-elected government of Spain, prompting a three-year civil war.  More than half a million died, the majority of them civilians, and the confilt became a tragic precursor to World War II.

This talk tells the story of how the people of Oxfordshire responded to the Spanish Civil War.

Speaker: Liz Woolley

Monday, November 18, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Vale Branch Christmas Social

Save the date..... details to follow.....maybe something a bit different this year!

Monday, December 9, 2019 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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