Welcome to the Marcham Society website!

The Marcham Society was founded in 1994 to encourage community interest in the history, natural history and environment of the village and the local area. We arrange eight evening meetings each year with talks by guest speakers or members. There are monthly walks and group visits to local places of interest. Projects include local history, building recording, coppicing and surveys of the churchyard, hedgerows, birds, and butterflies.

Ammonite, Perisphinctus pickeringius The ammonite, Perisphinctus pickeringius, symbol of the Marcham Society, is a local geological reference. The original named specimen was found in Marcham. Local Corallian limestone contains many such fossils.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month in All Saints' Church at 7.45pm.
Subscription Rates: Single £12, Family £21

To join or if you have queries about your membership please contact the Membership Secretary by email:

All our events and lectures have been postponed due to the current situation. But we will be back with a full programme as soon as possible.

The Marcham Society Talk by Martin Buckland

Canal Restoration: Benefits to Wildlife and the Environment

The talk scheduled to be in April is now going to given by Martin Live online on Tuesday 9th June at 7.30pm
The day before, Members will automatically receive an email invitation to join and participate using ‘Zoom’. (Apologies to those who have already declined our offer - this is an automated system!)

As advertised in the MAD News, non-Members wishing to receive an email invitation should contact

The Coronavirus Lockdown Project

The Marcham Society is still running the project to record the Coronavirus Lockdown and its effects on people of all ages and their everyday lives in the village. We have been contacting as many of the villagers as we can to ask them to write a few lines or more, anecdotes or even a poem, with photos if possible, and share their experiences showing how village life has changed for them.
It may be used in future exhibitions, put on a website or published in book form at some point and if you wish to remain anonymous, that’s fine.
If you have not already submitted a contribution, we would appreciate your help as we can’t do it without you. Please email your article to marchamlockdown2020@gmail.com

14 January 2020 Lecture

Annual Lecture: The League of Beleaguered Gentlemen – Comparing the impact of three Medical Officers of Health on the health of Berkshire residents in the late 19th century

Peter Steere

This presentation was affected by a power cut but will be re-scheduled for later in the year.


Marcham Remembered: supported by Awards for All To order a copy call 01865 391626 or email Marcham Remembered a village in pictures was published in November 2009 to critical acclaim. You can buy a copy directly from Marcham Society (see our publications page) or from

  • Marcham Village Shop and Post Office, North Street, Marcham (Currently Mon - Sat 08.00-10.00 but usually Mon-Fri 07.30 - 17.30 / Sat 08.00 - 12.00 / Sun 08.00 - 10.00)
  • Abingdon Museum (Open Tue-Sun 10.00 - 16.00)
  • Mostly Books and The Bookstore in Abingdon
  • or by visiting www.thematic-trails.org/oxfordshire-landscapes.htm to buy online. (Our book is approximately halfway down the page.)