Lecture Recordings

Inaugural Lectures

When a new statutory Professor is appointed to the Faculty of History, they give their Inaugural Lecture to the public at Examinination Schools. Below you will find a selection of Inaugural Lectures from the past few years.

Women's History Events 2021


Inaugural Lecture of Professor Brenda Stevenson (Hillary Rodham Clinton Professor of Women’s History)

Monday 25 October 2021

"Creating History (and an archive) at the Intersection of Gender, Jim Crow and Remembrance: Susie Byrd’s Life and Lessons"


Women’s History: The Future, Roundtable Discussion followed by Address by Sec Hillary Rodham Clinton

Tuesday 26 October 2021

A panel of five leading historians of women, gender and sexuality set out their vision of what women’s history should be doing in the next thirty years. The roundtable event was moderated by Professor Ruth Harris, Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford. Directly following the discussion was an Address by Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th U.S. Secretary of State.


Women Making History


Women Making History

Thursday 15 October 2020

For the first time, on October 14, 1920, the University of Oxford granted degrees to women, many of whom had successfully completed the work necessary to earn those degrees decades earlier. To mark the Centenary of this transformative event, Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson partnered with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to create a new endowed chair in women’s history at Oxford, the first post of its kind in the world. Professor Brenda Stevenson was soon appointed the inaugural Hillary Rodham Clinton Professor of Women’s History. Vice-Chancellor Richardson launched Oxford’s year-long Centenary celebration in an insightful and thoroughly enjoyable discussion with Secretary Clinton and Professor Stevenson.

The James Ford Lectures in British History

The Ford Lectures in British History were founded by a bequest from James Ford, and inaugurated by S.R.Gardiner in 1896-7. Since then, an annual series has been delivered over six weeks in the Hilary term and they have long been established as the most prestigious series in Oxford and an important annual event in the History Faculty calendar.

*Please note: The lectures featured below are those that the Faculty currently had permission to publish at this time *