The Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum are holding three Saturday talks in addition to their usual monthly talks, to raise money for the Museum. These talks will be held at 3pm in the Coach House at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, on 18 May, 8 June and 29 June. All 3 talks have the theme of buildings and architecture. Tockets are £6 and are available in advance from The Woodstock Bookshop.
18 May: The Day Parliament Burned Down, Caroline Shenton
Caroline Shenton, Director of the Parliamentary Archives and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society will talk about her prize-winning book (winner of the Political Book of the year 2013).
In the early evening of 16 October 1834, to the horror of bystanders, a huge
ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a
blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor, and
from stagecoaches on top of the South Downs. In front of hundreds of thousands
of witnesses the great conflagration destroyed Parliament's glorious old
buildings and their contents.
The events of that October day in 1834 were as shocking and significant to
contemporaries as the death of Princess Diana was to us at the end of the 20th
century - yet today this national catastrophe is a forgotten disaster, not least
because Barry and Pugin's monumental new Palace of Westminster has obliterated
all memory of its 800 year-old predecessor. Rumours as to the fire's cause were
rife. Was it arson, terrorism, the work of foreign operatives, a kitchen
accident, careless builders, or even divine judgement on politicians?
The two others talks are:
8 June: Nikolaus Pevsner - The Life, Susie Harris
29 June: Brunelleschi's Dome, Ross King
Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop
The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.
We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and listed in the recent Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.
We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.