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Liz Woolley 3, Nov 09

Are you interested in the history of Oxford and Oxfordshire? How local communities have arisen, developed and perhaps declined over time?  Liz Woolley is a local historian specialising in aspects of the history of Oxford and Oxfordshire. She is particularly interested in the history of the city’s “town” – as opposed to “gown” – and in the everyday lives of rural people across the county, chiefly during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Liz has lived in Oxford since 1984. She completed an MSc in English Local History (with Distinction) at the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education in 2009, having gained a Diploma (also with Distinction) in the same subject in 2007. She is an experienced speaker, guide, tutor, researcher and writer who is keen to help individuals and groups to enjoy finding out about the history of their local area.

Click here to see Liz’s full CV.

Click here to read Liz’s First Person piece in the Oxford Times, August 2020.

Click here to listen to Liz in conversation with Jeremy Allen as part of the Oxford Lives podcast series, October 2019.

Local history publications and research interests

  • A Short History of Lloyds Bank, 1-5 High Street, Oxford, a report by Liz Woolley for Brasenose College, 2019. Read the report or download a copy here. (Cover image courtesy of Ryan Cowan.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Changing Oxford: Fifty years of Oxford Civic Society 1969 – 2019 by Liz Woolley, published on-line in April 2019 by the Oxford Civic Society. Read the report or download a copy here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Kingerlee Ltd: celebrating 150 years of craftmanship in construction, 1868 – 2018 by Liz Woolley and Siân Smith, published June 2018 by Kingerlee Ltd. The book can be downloaded as a pdf here or printed copies available from Liz Woolley.

 

 

 

 

  • DVD cover, front and spine only66 Men of Grandpont 1914-18, a 40-minute documentary film by Simon Haynes and Liz Woolley, published May 2016. Read more about it here and watch the film on-line here.

 

 

 

 

  • No Other Way: Oxfordshire and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 by Chris Farman, Valery Rose and Liz Woolley, published January 2015 by the International Brigade Memorial Trust. Available from Blackwell’s in Oxford, or by sending a cheque for £8.00 (£5 + £3.00 P&P) made out to IBMT to: IBMT, 6 Stonells Road, London SW11 6HQ. 020 7228 6054; secretary@international-brigades.org.uk; www.international-brigades.org.uk

 

 

 

 

  • “St Luke’s Church, Canning Crescent, Oxford” by David Clark and Liz Woolley. Oxoniensia, Vol 79, 2014.
  • Oxford’s Working Past: Walking Tours of Victorian and Edwardian Industrial Buildings published May 2012, second edition September 2013, by Huxley Scientific Press. Available from Blackwell’s in Oxford, or by sending a cheque for £6.50 (£5 + £1.50 P&P) made out to Huxley Scientific Press to: Huxley Scientific Press, 35 Marston Street, Oxford OX4 1JU. 01865 241073; info@huxleyscientific.com; www.huxleyscientific.com

“[Your book] took me to places I knew well but didn’t know the history of, and to other places I’d never been to before. What a treasure trove of information!”  Bob Johnson, Researcher, Oxford, September 2015

“I took the book with me into Oxford and learned more about the city’s working buildings in a morning than I had in the previous 40 years living here.”  John Grundy, ‘Great Rail Journeys’ Tour Manager and former Open University tutor, October 2012

  • “Industrial Architecture in Oxford, 1870 to 1914” Oxoniensia, Vol 75, 2010.
  • “‘Disreputable Housing in a Disreputable Parish’?: Common Lodging-houses in St. Thomas’, Oxford, 1841 – 1901” Midland History, Vol 35, no 2, Autumn 2010.
  • MSc thesis (2009): Disreputable Housing in a Disreputable Parish: Common Lodging-Houses in St Thomas’, Oxford, 1841-1901.
  • MSc research (2008/09): Child labour in the industrial revolution, with particular emphasis on Oxfordshire; The social history of architecture, 1870 to 1914, with particular emphasis on the industrial buildings of late Victorian and Edwardian Oxford.
  • “In the Footsteps of the Past” Oxford Times, Limited Edition Magazine, February 2008.
  • St Thomas the Martyr Parochial School: An Early Twentieth-century Model School in an Impoverished City Parish. OAHS essay prize winner 2007.