This blog – Life in the Floodplain – is about Oxford, as I came to know it in new ways during the lockdown period 2020.
I am a historian, recently retired from an Oxford college tutorial fellowship. I’ve lived in Iffley Fields since 1986, that is, for over 30 years. But in the early months of 2020, I started exploring and reflecting on the open spaces around me in ways that I had never done before.
These posts explore what I learned and experienced, especially in and around the Oxford floodplain.
I composed the first 39 posts between May and July 2020, writing them at the rate of about three a week. That first sequence ended with thanks, notes on my sources and other kinds of round up. Since then, I’ve continued to add to the blog in a more desultory way. The second sequence begins with the 40th post: ‘Afterthought: geomorphology’. I also continue to tinker with the whole set of posts, correcting errors when I find them and adding new information or photos when I think they’re germane.