Oxfordshire Record Society

Welcome to the Oxfordshire Record Society

The Oxfordshire Record Society was founded in 1919. In 2019, it is celebrating one hundred years of publishing primary sources for the history of the county of Oxfordshire and raising awareness and understanding of this vital evidence of the historic county.

The year's programme starts with a Centenary Symposium and reception, which are being held at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock on Thursday 13 June 2019. On Friday 6 September 2019, our AGM will take place at New College, Oxford, the location of the society's inaugural meeting in 1919. Also in the Autumn, our 2019 volume "The Parish in Wartime : Bishop Gore's Visitations of Oxfordshire 1914 and 1918", edited by Mark Smith, will be published. Then, on Tuesday 11 February 2020, we will move into our second century with a special joint lecture by Professor Mark Bailey on manorial records. This will be organised with our sister organisation the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society. For further details, please see https://www.oahs.org.uk/.

The society aims to publish a volume a year. The volumes appear in hard covers, and are carefully prepared by specialists in their subject. Each volume contains a substantial historical introduction to the edited text and a full index. One copy is issued free of charge to each member - both individual members and institutional subscribers.

TO JOIN US: the society welcomes new subscribers whose support is essential to continuing our work into the next hundred years. Besides the satisfaction of supporting the publication of Oxfordshire’s historical records, subscribers receive a copy of our annual volumes and may attend the AGM and events. A membership form can be downloaded by clicking on "Membership (Personal)" on the left of this page.

Suggestions for future volumes are most welcome, please contact the Hon General Secretary.

Within these pages you can access full details of the range of the society's publications and activities. We welcome all enquiries for membership from those individuals or institutions with an interest in the history of Oxfordshire.


The annual subscription for individuals is at present £12.00, entitling members to receive volumes at less than the price at which they are sold to the general public, and to attend the Annual General Meeting of the society.

The society’s Annual General Meeting is held in September, normally followed by a lecture on the subject of the society’s recent publications. The AGM's are held in the beautiful settings of a university or a country home.

New members, whether individual or institutional, are most welcome. Members are entitled to a complimentary copy of the society’s annual publication, together with special discount on previous publications. Because of these special terms, membership is for minimum of two years. Details of subscription rates and an application and standing order form can be found on the membership page.

The society’s publications are available to non-members; information is available on the publications page.


The Parish in Wartime : Bishop Gore's Visitations of Oxfordshire 1914 and 1918

edited by Mark Smith, Associate Professor in History at the University of Oxford  

Volume 73 is now in production for publication in conjunction with Boydell and Brewer later in 2019. Appropriately, in the society's centenary year, it will publish for the first time two important surveys of Oxfordshire just over 100 years ago.

In the early-twentieth century, the Church of England remained a significant institution in the lives of the people of Oxfordshire. It was for many a key provider of education and social activities as well as being a focus for religious worship and community life. The two surveys in this volume show a range of aspects of the Church at work in the last unclouded Summer before the Great War of 1914-18 and also detail the responses of both clergy and people to four years of conflict. The returns to the Bishop by clergymen in each parish reveal the opportunities as well as the struggles that the war brought to many households and the ways in which the conflict proved to be a catalyst for social and religious change. The reports are presented here in full with biographical notes on the clergy and an extensive introduction.

The volume will be on sale to the public at £30.00 plus postage and packing. The society's individual members and institutional subscribers will receive a copy without charge. Membership forms can be downloaded using the links on the left-hand side of this page.

Officers of the Society

All officers can be contacted by letter or email via the Hon General Secretary, Oxfordshire Record Society,  Paul Gaskell, 28 Bulan Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7HT.

Please see Contact and society Officers' page.