Published: Monday, 4 September 2023

The Museum of Oxford is set to host a series of lunchtime talks covering topics of local and national history.

The talks will be on subjects including Victorian sewage systems, conscientious objectors in First World War Oxfordshire, the history of Caribbean food in the UK, and Oxford’s Jewish heritage.

One talk will take place each month between September 2023 and June 2024.

The first talk, on Wednesday 13 September from 1pm to 2pm, is titled: “The Great Stink! Engineers, sewerage systems and the Victorian battle against dirt.”

It will explore how, as the population of Britain’s towns and cities grew, Victorians found the solution to a public sanitation crisis by building a vast, hyper-complex subterranean sewage system.

The talk will be led by Dr Tom Crook, a historian of modern Britain at Oxford Brookes University.

Tickets are £5 from the Museum of Oxford gift shop (OX1 1BX) or £6 online at Eventbrite.

More information about the event can be found on the Museum of Oxford’s website.

Future talks in the lunchtime series include:

  • ‘Caribbean food in the UK’ on Wednesday 11 October
  • ‘Stories of conscientious objectors in First World War Oxfordshire’ on Wednesday 8 November
  • ‘How the English fell in love with coffee’ on Wednesday 13 December
  • ‘Oxford’s Jewish Heritage’ on Wednesday 17 January

Ticket sales will help support the Museum of Oxford’s programme of fun and accessible family activities, community engagement projects, school workshops and exhibitions.

The Museum of Oxford, which is run by Oxford City Council, reopened in 2021 following a £2.8m refurbishment that tripled the size of the museum space.

For more information about the Museum of Oxford, which is the only museum dedicated to telling the history of Oxford and its people, visit

“Located in the Town Hall, the newly refurbished Museum of Oxford provides a unique celebration of Oxford's history and culture. I am delighted that the MOX is hosting a series of lunchtime talks on local history. We invite everyone to grab a sandwich and come along for what should be a fascinating series of talks.”

Councillor Jemima Hunt, Cabinet Member for Culture and Events

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