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There is wide ranging opportunity to become involved with county or national groups.

The Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society (OAHS) was formed in 1972 by the amalgamation of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society, established in 1839 and one of the oldest of the county societies, and the Oxfordshire Archaeological Society. OAHS is concerned with the archaeology, architecture and history of Oxford and Oxfordshire and provides a series of lectures during the winter with a varied programme of excursions through the rest of the year. The society also produces an annual journal, Oxoniensia. There is a Victorian group and closely associated Listed Buildings Committee, through which the society attempts to safeguard historical buildings and monuments.

The Oxfordshire Record Society was founded in 1919 and publishes transcripts, abstracts and other primary sources relating to the County of Oxford. The society aims to publish a volume each year.

The Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) is an association of many of the local societies in the county.It has two meetings a year, a quarterly newsletter and an occasional journal.

The Oxfordshire Buildings Record (OBR) seeks to advance education and promote research on the buildings of Oxfordshire whilst also encouraging the recording of buildings. Practical training is provided in building recording. The society produces a quarterly newsletter entitled The Oxon Recorder. 

Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) has a large membership and produces the Oxfordshire Family Historian three times a year as well as a number of other publications. Meetings are held monthly at Exeter Hall, Kidlington and the society has its own research centre for members at the Holford Centre, Stanton St. John.

The national Federation of Family History Societies is an educational charity and has 160 member societies worldwide. It produces a range of publications, makes accesible primary source material for genealogists and provides a number of other services.  

Oxfordshire Gardens Trust was established in 2002 to promote the understanding, enjoyment and protection of the county's parks and gardens.

Many specialist interest are catered for by national organisations, such as the Vernacular Architecture GroupMedieval Settlement Research Group and Local Population Studies Society.

The Intute website offers a gateway to many history websites for research and study.

The list of national or special interest groups is wide ranging and the examples highlighted here represent just a small proportion of those available.

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