Tracing Ancestors in Oxfordshire - A Half-day Course on 29 October

This course will give you an overview of researching Oxfordshire ancestors, showing you the wealth of information available online and in local archives, including new and more obscure sources. You’ll also find out about some of the projects undertaken by local genealogists and family historians and how these might help you with your own research.

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The British Indian Civil Service - A One-hour Lecture on 26 October

As the power and territories of the East India Company began to increase it only slowly began to realize that it had to assume responsibilities for the governance of its newly controlled citizens. These included the collection of tax, the control of expenditure, even of the maintenance of law and order.  Initially, the governance was assumed by the military and trading authorities who were quite untrained in civil, municipal or legal management, and widespread corruption ensued. However, Clive (Lord Robert Clive of India) was sent back to India to reinstate order and with the later input from Warren Hastings, formulated a system of Civil Service which became the envy of the World and frequently copied in London.

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