Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.
Allow me to be your guide... and discover the history of Oxford with an Oxford historian.
I offer a wide range of guided walks around the city and university. These can be a general introduction to the history and architecture or looking at specific themes and subjects.
I am a Catholic and a historian based in Oxford, where I am a member of Oriel College. My research, for a long delayed D.Phil., is a study of Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln in the second decade of the fifteenth century. I also work as a freelance tutor in History and as an independent tour guide.
I was received into the Church in 2005 and am a Brother of the External Oratory of St Philip Neri at the Oxford Oratory.
This evening Magnus MacFarlane Barrow, the founder of the Scottish based charity Mary's Meals spoke at the Oxford Oratory. This year the Parish Lent project is Mary's Meals and the sense of enthusiasm for the work was strong in the meeting - one felt that this was not just a good cause for this particular Lent but one to keep in contact with for the future.
The simple but successful idea of creating and maintaining a link between providing a daily meal and educating the child being fed is elegant and easilt understood. By using local people and suppliers it builds both engagement and economies.