Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum

Wednesday March 3rd 7.30pm Talk: Ben Ford of Oxford Archaeology, ‘Archaeological Highlights from the Excavations at Magdalen College and the Westgate Centre in Oxford ’

Ben Ford joined Oxford Archaeology in 1996, and currently serves as Senior Excavations Director. Ben will present the most interesting discoveries from the Medieval Friary found in excavations at the Westgate centre in Oxford, and the Medieval Street found in excavations at Magdalen College in Oxford.

Westgate, a pilgrim badge depicting the murder of St Thomas a Becket.

Wednesday April 7th 7.30pm Talk: Simon Wenham, ‘James Murray and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary’

In 1879, James A. H. Murray estimated that the new dictionary would be finished in approximately ten years. Five years down the road, when he and his colleagues had only travelled from the letter ‘A’ to the word ‘Ant’, they realized it was time to reconsider their schedule. Simon Wenham tells us the story.

These talks are virtual talks using Zoom and require e-mail invitations. Invitations can be requested from or 01993 813108. (Existing Friends will receive invitations automatically.) A full programme of Talks can be found on the Group website at .