The Remarkable Life of Olive Gibbs

Olive Gibbs was born in the ‘tough but full-blooded’ parish of St. Thomas’s in West Oxford in 1918.  She went on to become a redoubtable local Labour politician, peace campaigner, and founding member of CND.  During her long political career she helped to stop the building of an inner relief road through Christ Church Meadow, prevented the mass clearance of housing in Jericho and was instrumental in the demolition of the infamous Cutteslowe Walls.  She protested against the Spanish Civil War with Denis Healey and later led anti-nuclear marches with Marc Bolan, Joan Baez and Donovan.

In this talk we will learn more about Olive’s extraordinary life and legacy.

Non Members Welcome £5 pp

Large Free Car Park adjacent to hall.


Mon 18 Sep


Doors open at 7.15pm
19:30 - 21:45


Abingdon Branch
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP


Abingdon Branch - Berkshire FHS


  • Liz Woolley
    Liz Woolley

    Liz Woolley is a local historian specialising in aspects of the history of Oxford and Oxfordshire. Shine is particularly interested in the history of the city’s “town” – as opposed to “gown” – and in the everyday lives of rural people across the county during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    Liz has lived in Oxford since 1984 and has an MSc in English Local History. She is an experienced speaker, guide, tutor and researcher and writer who is keen to help individuals and groups enjoy finding out about the history of their local area.