Forthcoming Events


We very much look forward to welcoming you back in person to a series of talks over October to December 2023.

All events will be held at St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford, with a drinks reception at 7.30 pm and the talks beginning at 8.00pm. All welcome: £2 entrance fee for members, £5 entrance fee for non-members. Free admission for students. Further events will be announced including the TOIA Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, 19th October
Professor Abigail Brundin, The British School at Rome, Italian Books and their English Readers after the Grand Tour

Monday, 20th November
Professor Peter Hainsworth, University of Oxford, Castiglione Today

Wednesday 13th December 7.30 pm start
Join us for prosecco and panettone at the TOIA AGM
Mary Allen Gray Lecture Room, St Hugh’s College, Oxford


31 January 2020 Paula Claire, poet and performance artist, The Codestones of Venice (based on John Ruskin’s The Stones of Venice)

13 February ​2020 Professor John Foot, academic and author, on The Archipelago: Italy since 1945

26 February ​2020 Ferdie Addis, journalist and author, on Rome: Eternal City

2 March ​2020 In conversation: His Excellency Raffaele Trombetta, the Ambassador of Italy to the UK; The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor, University of Oxford; Sir Ivor Roberts

16 October 2019: Lecturer Tim Porter on Puccini’s La Bohème

24 October 2019: Marco Varvello, BREXIT Blues

30 October 2019: The Rowe Memorial Lecture, Professor Brian Kelly on Raphael the Architect in Context, Magdalen College

7 November 2019: Professor Diego Zancani, How we fell in love with Italian Food

18 November 2019: Dr Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Last Supper in Pompeii

21 November 2019: Film screening, Lazzaro felice