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Chris Day

Emerita/Emeritus Fellow 

BA Manchester, MA Oxford, Hon LLD, FSA


Chris Day worked until 1994 for the Victoria County History, engaged in researching and writing the history of the city of Oxford and of Oxfordshire rural parishes from a base in the Clarendon Building in Broad Street. The ‘History’ nationally is owned by the University of London, of whose Institute of Historical Research he was made a Research Fellow. It was in recognition of his work as a local historian that in 1987 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

He joined the Department for Continuing Education in 1994 as University Lecturer in Local History. His ultimate role was that of Director of Studies for Local History, with special responsibility for the MSc programme. In 2006 he moved to the Department’s International Programmes Division, where he was Director of Academic Programmes.

In 1994 Chris became a Supernumerary Fellow of Kellogg College. He was elected to a full college fellowship in January 1999. He was Tutor for Admissions from 2002 until 2005 and became Senior Fellow in 2007. He was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship in 2011. His academic work for the College has primarily involved teaching and supervising its part-time MSc students reading local history.

His published work has appeared primarily within the volumes of the Victoria County History, works that he suspects are often purchased more for their magnificent red and gold bindings than for their contents. He wrote a chapter for Volume 6 of the History of the University of Oxford and co-authored another. He was for many years General Editor of the Oxfordshire Record Society and Deputy Chairman of the Oxfordshire Local History Association. From 2012-17 he was President of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society.