Oxfordshire in the Second World War

Speaker: Stephen Barker

Tue, 7 Nov 2023

About the lecture:

Oxfordshire during the Second World War
In time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Oxf and Bucks Light Infantry attack on Pegasus Bridge during D-Day in 1944, this fully illustrated talk looks at the impact on, and connections to Oxfordshire during the Second World War. The talk evaluates the ‘home front’ and also significant events in which Oxfordshire people are involved abroad. Amongst many other things, it touches on evacuation, POWs, airfields, refugees, everyday life, rationing, war work, as well as the evacuation of Dunkirk, Arnhem and the Liberation of Bergen Belsen.
Our lecturer: Stephen Barker

Stephen is an independent Heritage Advisor who works with museums, universities, and other heritage organisations to design exhibitions and make funding applications.  He worked at Banbury Museum and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Stephen has delivered projects for the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, and the Battlefields Trust, amongst many others. He delivers presentations and tours related to the First World War and the British Civil Wars. He is a Trustee of the Bucks Military Museum Trust and is an Arts Council Museum Mentor. He is the author of ‘Lancashire’s Forgotten Heroes’ – the 8th East Lancs in the Great War and ‘The Flying Sikh: Hardit Singh Malik’