Weather observations have been made at the Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford since 1772, and continue to this day. This makes them the longest continuous record in the British Isles and one of the longest in the world. From the prolonged frosts of January 1776 to the sparkling summer of 2018, Stephen Burt delves into 250 years of British weather. When was Oxford’s hottest day? Greatest flood? Has it ever snowed in summer? What do the records from the Radcliffe Observatory tell us about climate change? Illustrated throughout with contemporary local photographs and expert analysis.
Stephen Burt will be available after the talk to sign copies of his new book ‘Oxford Weather and Climate since 1767’ written with Tim Burt. The book will be stocked in the Museum’s shop.