History Society Report – April 2015

At the February AGM George Ross stood down from the Committee.  He was warmly thanked by all for his enormous contribution since the inception of the Society.  So great has been his input, it is taking about six of us to do all the things he did to keep the Society running.  The Committee is to discuss how to thank him more formally at its next Committee meeting.


RailwaysAfter the formalities of the AGM which saw the three Co-Chairman and all the other Officers re-elected, I showed a French CD which showed how the French railway system (of which only 3.5% was usable after liberation) was more or less put together over the next 18 months or so, with historic grainy footage from the SNCF archives.  As it was in fairly dense French I provided a glossary to help understand it.  It was well received.


Children in WWIIAt the March meeting Liz Woolley gave an illustrated talk on the children of Oxfordshire and the second World War.  There were fascinating details relating to evacuees, rationing and all the other experiences of the younger civilian population of the County.  It was an excellent talk and was well received.


???At the April meeting Chris Butterfield will be giving a talk on the Oxford Bus Museum at Long Hanborough.


At the May meeting Victoria Bedrata will be giving a talk on Oxford and the history of medicine.

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