Oxoniensia

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Oxoniensia is the annual journal of Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society (OAHS). It is one of the foremost archaeological, architectural, and local history journals in the country. It includes excavation reports, surveys of buildings and standing structures, and articles on the history and topography of Oxford and Oxfordshire. The year's volume is generally published towards the end of the year.

Oxoniensia is a refereed journal.


The Archaeology of Oxford in the 21st Century

The Archaeology of Oxford in the 21st Century
Anne Dodd, Stephen Mileson, Leo Webley
A major new contribution to the archaeology and history of Oxford, including introductory chapters by Tom Hassall and David Radford.
OAHS is delighted to announce the publication of its first Occasional Paper, a 480-page, full colour volume on 'The Archaeology of Oxford in the 21st Century', available for just £30 + p&p. OAHS members can take advantage of a special offer price of £25.50 plus p&p, available until 31 March 2021.

Read an extract of The Archaeology of Oxford: Current Knowledge and Future Prospects by David Radford

To read more and order a copy, please go to the OAHS website


Brian Cohen Oxoniensia Essay Prize Information

Guided by its objective of promoting knowledge of the history of Oxfordshire and its buildings, and in order to increase involvement in such studies, the Society is offering an essay prize. The aim of the prize is to encourage articles from those who have not previously published in the field.

A prize of £250 is offered annually for the best essay on a subject related to the archaeology, architecture, or history of Oxfordshire. The winning essay will be considered for publication in Oxoniensia.

The essays will be judged by a panel appointed by the Society, the judges looking for evidence of original contributions to knowledge, quality of research, and clarity of expression. The decision of the judges will be final, and the Society reserves the right not to award the prize if there are no suitable entries.

There is no age limit for entrants, but entry is restricted to those who have not previously had their work on Oxfordshire history published in a refereed journal. Both individuals and groups are eligible.

Detailed requirements
1. The essay should be preceded by a short summary of no more than 150 words. The total length, including summary and references, but excluding any figure captions or tables should not exceed 8,000 words. A word count should be included. Shorter essays will be welcome, but longer ones will be rejected.
2. Essays must be written in English in a form intended for publication, normally in the format required for Oxoniensia. 'Notes for Contributors' may be obtained as a download from the Society's website www.oahs.org.uk or by writing to the editor at the email address below.
3. Essays may be accompanied by a reasonable number of illustrations. So long as these are clear, photocopies of photographs may be used. Drawings should be reduced to A4 size. All illustrations should be clearly numbered and captioned (including acknowledgment of sources where necessary) and reference to them included as appropriate in the text.
4. The essay should be supplied as an electronic version (ideally in Word), if at all possible.
5. The essay must not have been published previously, and if it is under consideration for publication elsewhere this must be stated and details given.
6. If an award is made and an essay is considered suitable for publication the editor of Oxoniensia will contact the author(s) about any amendments which may be required before its final acceptance.
7. The closing date for entries is 30 September each year, and the award will be announced at the following Annual General Meeting.
8. Please address any initial queries to the editor of Oxoniensia, Dr Stephen Mileson, at stephen.mileson@history.ox.ac.uk. Completed entries with your name and address (including email address) should be sent to editor.



Oxoniensia first appeared in 1936. The early volumes contain a remarkable mix of history and archaeology, including some of the very earliest aerial photography. Publication was maintained through the second world war, though paper shortages meant that volumes were short and produced in very small runs. Most of the early material now made available on this site has until now only been available in a few libraries, mostly in Oxford.


Lest it [Oxoniensia] should in time degenerate into the same sort of annual report that the Proceedings eventually became, the committees responsible for its inauguration have decided that accounts of the Society’s meetings and excursions shall not be included in its pages. And, to prevent its falling by the wayside through lack of a direct appeal to the main body of its potential subscribers—those resident in Oxford and its neighbourhood—it has been decided that no articles shall be published except those dealing directly with local topics. If those who control its policy in future years abide by these two rules, there is no reason why Oxoniensia should not go from strength to strength, and attract supporters in ever-increasing numbers from the ranks of those to whom the history and antiquities of the Oxford district are a source of interest and delight.

Editorial statement in Volume I, published 1936


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