The Wytham Estate: Histories and Communities Study Day

18th November 2023

Join us on 18th November and dig deep into the history of the Wytham Estate. Since this place was given to the University in the 1940s it has inspired and nurtured ecological projects over many decades. However the importance of Wytham goes beyond the natural ‘communities’ to which it is home: it has a rich social, economic, and architectural history, too. This interdisciplinary day school, presented as part of a wider University community history project, will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the history, buildings, and natural environment of Wytham, and perhaps whet your appetite for research into the many facets of its past that remain to be explored. 

Further information about the day school can be found on the Continuing Education website, alongside booking information.

Course fee: £99

Tea & coffee are included, lunch is at an additional cost.

Programme details

Registration at Rewley House reception

Wytham Woods past and present
Nigel Fisher and Keith Kirby

History of the Wytham estate
Bob Evans

Tea/coffee break

Wytham's prehistory and early history
Chris Gosden 

Medieval Wytham
Elizabeth Gemmill 

Wytham Abbey
Edward Impey and Nick Wright

Lunch break 

The ffennell Family at Wytham and Hill End
Mervyn Hughes

Charles Elton and the pioneering biologists who worked at Wytham, 1940-70
Caroline Pond

Wytham Woods as a lived experience
Georgina Montgomery 

Tea/coffee break

History of bird research at Wytham
Chris Perrins

Wytham Woods as a resource for research and teaching of ecology
Thomas Hesselberg

Community History at Oxford
Priya Atwal 

Course disperses