In Memory of Geoffrey Smedley-Stevenson
Geoffrey taught in the History Department of Lady Spencer-Churchill College and later Oxford Polytechnic.
Geoffrey joined the History Department of the then Lady Spencer-Churchill College in Wheatley in September 1970. He made substantial contributions to the content of the courses bringing his work on historical demography and local history into the curriculum for the teachers in training.
In 1977 he published Oxfordshire, volume 2 in the Barracuda Guide to County Histories. At the amalgamation of the College with the then Oxford Polytechnic Geoffrey continued to work at the College as well as becoming a member of the Polytechnic History Department. He retired to Brighton where he continued to work on the diaries of William Cotton Risley, vicar of Deddington 1849-1869, and following other interests including learning Arabic. Risleys Diaries were published by the Banbury Historical Society, the final volume appearing this year and enthusiastically reviewed in Oxoniensia, Vol. 78. Geoffrey brought a strongly academic thread to the teaching of teachers at Wheatley and then to the degree courses at Headington. He always enjoyed good health until cancer struck in June this year.
Written by former colleague and member of the Brookes Society, Mary Hodges.