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  • William Morris
    William was a practical hands on kind of lad He took on an apprenticeship with a local cycle trader and before long was mending and building bicycles on his own account A couple of failed attempts at partnerships convinced everyone that Morris was a one man band a pattern that never changed during his progression from bicycle maker to one of the most famous names in motor engineering No factory can turn out a cheap car on low wages Morris declared and he paid top rates right from the outset of his business He also introduced an incentive scheme pioneered paid holidays profit sharing sports clubs and medical centres for his workers Seeing the need to prepare for war in 1929 Morris began research into the development of aero engines but the government assuming he was motivated only by profit refused to allow him the initiative in industrial manufacture even when belatedly admitting that war was imminent It seems that an expensive education doesn t do much for myopia Thirty million pounds was disbursed by Morris to good causes during his lifetime more than by any other Englishman in history Activities of the Nuffield Foundation included building the Jodrell Bank

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  • Sir Geofrey de Havilland
    see an uncompromising man with deep set eyes in a broad intelligent forehead and the typical Edwardian walrus moustache He looks kindly despite the broken nose inflicted during some municipal rearrangement The farmhouse at Medley Oxford as it is today watercolour by David Langford Saunders was born locally of yeoman farmer stock receiving a limited education and no material advantages But he was a hard worker possessed of a fine business sense He built up a thriving transport removal and warehousing company in Oxford while running the large farm of Medley with conspicuous success He installed workshops for blacksmith wheelwright and carpenter all around the yard because all Saunders vehicles commercial and farm were made on site Even the trees for the carriage work were felled on site Saunders daughter Alice married a whimsical and impoverished clergyman Charles de Havilland and every summer their children spent at Medley where they experimented with mechanics electricity and construction techniques Young Geoffrey especially watched the Medley craftsmen at work and from them he learned He wandered across the farm and over Port Meadow watching the butterflies and moths that remained an abiding fascination for the rest of his life and from them too

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  • Untitled Document
    university students 19 000 are from Brookes Brookes began in 1865 as a one room School of Art on the ground floor of the Taylorian Institute next to the Ashmolean Museum In 1870 somewhat incongruously a School of Science was incorporated into the foundation and in 1871 the whole enterprise was somewhat unceremoniously displaced by the Ruskin School of Art who wanted its premises The school found a new home in St Ebbes but by the end of the century it was bursting at the seams and when John Henry Brookes silversmith sculptor artist and craftsman joined the staff as head of art and vice principal of the now technical college it had been dispersed to 19 different locations about the city Subjects included just about everything you can think of from catering to architecture With all those different locations one might think it a bit like Oxford University but the truth is far from that Whereas each of the Oxford colleges had its own august history and grand buildings the technical college having grown at an embarrassing rate was packed into rooms about the city of Oxford wherever there might be a temporary space In 1934 Brookes was appointed principal It was probably the most important appointment ever made by the college Brookes was a modest man but an inspirational teacher with tremendous vision A story circulates of how after the war a demobbed sergeant major arrived for an interview Seeing a small and clearly unimportant man at the door he handed over his belongings and the small man obligingly carried them upstairs for him The small man for of course it was Brookes then proceeded to interview him And one suspects he did it fairly and with humour too It was John Brookes who finally gathered his institution

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  • Sir John Evans and the Ashmolean
    to the Dickinson paper industry and eventually became head of the enterprise Not only did he run the paper manufactory he also kept abreast or ahead of his own subjects publishing numerous learned articles and the definitive textbooks on coins of the Ancient Britons and on ancient stone and bronze implements of Great Britain and Ireland At various times President of the Society of Antiquaries of the Numismatic Society the Geological Society the Anthropological Institute the Society of Chemical Industries the British Association Treasurer of the Royal Society and a trustee of the British Museum He was created KCB in 1892 No slouch then you might conclude He was also the father of five gifted and hard working children the eldest of whom was Sir Arthur Evans a similarly enthusiastic archaeologist and collector of antiquities It was Arthur Evans who reconstructed the palace of the legendary King Minos at Knossos on Crete and was Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum between 1884 and 1908 His son s enthusiasm for both art and antiquities was unsurprising Sir John Evans had amassed for himself and the country an extraordinary collection of ancient pottery Roman glass coins flint tools and stone axes Luckily the family home was large enough to accommodate them and Evans s second wife Fanny Harriet had died after the birth of their last child was supportive and understanding But what happens to such a collection after one s death The question must occur to any elderly person with such an important hoard With a son like Arthur the answer is obvious You give the entire caboodle to him I really rather wish you would not give them to me said Arthur ruefully being too absorbed in the Minoans to care a lot right now about stone axes But Just as

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  • T E Lawrence
    his life whom he brought in 1913 to his Oxford bungalow When war broke out in 1914 the government found itself in need of an intelligence expert in the Middle East and Lawrence being a young man of intense ambition remember that chip who spoke Arabic although not as well as he implied who knew the terrain though not as well as he implied and who understood the Arab people Dahoum presumably had apparently found his niche Alas while Lawrence was to become adept at boyish exploits like blowing up trains and wearing Arab dress he was not the diplomat for whom they might have hoped His letters were indiscreet an uncensored letter to Hogarth detailed the Anzac Gallipoli landings a month before the event and sketch maps he drew for the army were inaccurate What I didn t know I made up he confessed airily Lawrence hated the French Britain s allies When after the war the infamous carving up of the Middle East began Lawrence was adamant that Syria should not go to France The French education system was in his opinion not good enough The French for their part had more class If he comes to the Versailles Peace Conference as a British colonel in British uniform they said We welcome him If he remains in fancy dress he is not wanted here The Lawrence of Arabia legend was created by Lowell Thomas an American journalist in search of a scoop I was sent to make propaganda not to collect material for history he said later Thomas couldn t enthuse America about joining the war by stories of death in muddy trenches but the Prince of Mecca a blue eyed honorary Arab in flowing robes fitted the bill for a popular hero and his subsequent lecture tour

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  • Dr John Wilkins
    brietly Warden of Trinity College Cambridge and Bishop of Chester but at the time that concerns us between 1648 and 1659 Warden ot Wadham College It were happy for us he wrote If we could exempt Scripture trom philosophical controversies If we could he content to let it be perfect for that end unto which it was intended tor a Rule of our Faith and Obedience and not to stretch it to be a Judge of such natural truths as are to be found out by our own industry and experience For some years prior to his Wadham appointment Wilkins then Chaplain to the Prince Elector Palatine in London attended regular meetings at Gresham College to witness and discuss the latest scientific discoveries Christopher Wren was a contributor as was Robert Hooke perhaps the foremost experimental scientist of the day Wilkins moved to Oxford at about the same time as fellow Grenham members John Wallis and Jonathan Goddard Warden of Merton College 1651 1660 Wren was to join Wadham as an undergraduate the following year and meetings similar to those of Gresham were soon established there Thus were laid the foundations of the prestigious Royal Society of which Wilkins would be the first secretary and whose first meeting held in Londxn in 1660 he chaired In truth Wilkins was not particularly distinguished as either scientist or scholar and trod a fine line in his personal life Diarist Anthony à Wood sneers that he was a notorious complyer with the Presbyterians from whom he obtained the wardenship of Wadham with the Independents and Cromwell himself by whose favour he did not onlie get a dispensation to marry contrary to the College statute but also because he had married his sister But Wood s view was not the popular one Even Charles

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  • Michele Field - Gallery
    Show Boats SOLD Thrupp Wide SOLD Autumn Time Kidlington SOLD Kidlington Jack Frost visits Kidlington SOLD Kidlington walk Youlbury Woods Dukes Lock Oxford Napton on the Hill Oxford Canal Taurus Oxford Canal Thames Sunrise Caernarvonshire N Wales SOLD Upper Heyford SOLD Moored at Heyford Spring Lambs Braunston Lane Walk Squirrel s Having Fun SOLD Thames Walk Swans New Forest Ponies SOLD Winter Bluetits SOLD Wychwood Forest Country Walk SOLD Bumble Hole Dudley SOLD Blisworth Tunnel Sold Tackley Bluebell Woods Blenheim Woods Original acrylic painting Mounted size 20 x 16 ins Autumn Colours Blenheim Park Original Acrylic painting Mounted size 28 x 18 inch 70 x 46 cm Autumn in Blenheim Park Original oil painting done mostly with a pallet knife and much fun to do Large canvas size 40 x 20 inch 120 x 51cm Fradley Pool Nature Reserve Youlbury Scouting woods River Walk NW Longoed Walk NW Little Stream SOLD Rhine Field House Hotel Manor House Ruins West Hendred SOLD Christ Church Meadow in summer SOLD Icy Waters Eaton pond SOLD Summer Punting Hampton Gay Great Tew Falklands Arms Horse Bridge at Enslow Early start Grand Union Blenheim Woods Winter in Oxford Beckley Walk New Forest Hambleden Bluebells Shotover

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  • Michele Field - Flowers
    Horse Commission Horse Commission SOLD Horse Commission Horse Commission SOLD Large commission Large commission SOLD Specially commissioned Specially commissioned SOLD Boat commission info http www theventurer org uk about the venturer Boat commission SOLD Boat Commission Boat Commission SOLD Boat Commission Boat Commission SOLD Boat Commission Boat Commission SOLD Commissioned Work Commissioned Work SOLD Canal Commission SOLD Commissioned work Special leaving gift SOLD A special gift This commission was many

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