The Culture Club

Culture Club at the Charlbury Beer Festival, Saturday 24 June 2017.


A programme of mind-expanding talks, demonstrations, music and fun.


12.30: The choirs of Charlbury Primary School, led by Jennie Grierson and accompanied by Maria Jurd, present a selection of their favourite songs


1.15:Drinking Around the Globe’Kris Butler, President of the Boston Map Society, gives insights into what sharing a drink can reveal about us – from bathing in beer in the Czech Republic and crashing a bachelor party in Germany, to sipping fermented mares’ milk in Mongolia and listening to a secret confession at a beer bar in Beijing


2.15:Poems and Polygons’ … the 2017 Charlbury Beer Festival’s Poet in Residence Dr Romola Parish in conversation with local map researcher Christine Elliott about mapping the local landscape – the many insights into the familiar landscape around us that maps can offer – and her work with the Historic Landscape Classification Project  


3.15:The Long, Long Life of Trees’ … Professor Fiona Stafford of Oxford University talks about her best-selling book (based on her acclaimed Radio 3 series), which featured on more ‘Books of the Year’ lists at the end of 2016 than there’s space to mention here! … ‘Fiona Stafford weaves together tales of their place in myth, painting, religion and literature, enlivened with her personal sense of wonder’ – Phil Gates, BBC Wildlife 


4.15: ‘Let the King Live?’ … With Cromwell’s top commander General Fairfax occupying Cornbury Park, and King Charles based in Oxford, this part of the country was very much at the centre of the English Civil War which culminated in the king’s execution – but it might not inevitably have ended that way. Mike Webb, Curator of Early Modern Archives at the Bodleian Library, talks about a little-known Bodleian manuscript which sheds light on last-minute negotiations to spare the king’s life


5.15: ‘Meet the Brewer’ with Mattias Sjöberg, Head Brewer of the Shotover Brewing Company


6.00: Dr Romola Parish unveils a brand new poem for the 2017 Charlbury Beer Festival, made up of lines suggested by you and other festival-goers throughout the day, on Post-It notes (‘Beer Po’Its) and elsewhere


Timings are subject to change … Please check the information board on the day