THE partnership between the University of London and the Oxfordshire County
Council, as described in the Editorial Note to Volume IX of the History of
Oxfordshire, has continued, and the University of London, for which the Victoria
County History is published, again records its thanks to the Oxfordshire County
Council for the generosity with which it has met the costs of compilation, aided
by important contributions from the University of Oxford.
In Oxfordshire the work has been supervised by an Advisory Sub-Committee
which reports to the County Council's Museums, Arts, Libraries, and Leisure
Committee, the staff of the Oxfordshire V.C.H. being part of the Department of
Leisure and Arts.
Almost all the research and writing for this volume was done in the years
1990-5. The help of many institutions and private persons who gave information
and advice, or granted access to houses or to documents in their care, is
acknowledged with gratitude. Many are mentioned in footnotes, and others are
named in the preamble to the lists of illustrations and maps, but special thanks
are rendered here to Bodley's Librarian and the staff of the Bodleian Library, to
the Oxfordshire County Archivist and his staff, the Oxfordshire County Library
service, particularly the staff of the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies, the Oxford
Archaeological Unit, the staffs of the Public Record Office, the Department of
Manuscripts of the British Library, and of the National Monuments Record, the
archivist of Berkshire, his Grace the duke of Norfolk and the archivist of Arundel
Castle, the most Hon. the marquess of Bath and the archivist of Longleat House,
the Dean and Chapter of Exeter cathedral and their archivist, the governing
bodies and archivists of Balliol, Brasenose, Christ Church, Exeter, Jesus, Lincoln, Magdalen, Mansfield, New, Regent's Park, St. John's, Wadham, and
Worcester Colleges, Oxford, Mrs. H. Babington Smith, Mr. P. Best, Dr. J. Blair,
Major R. A. Colvile, Dr. A. Millard, Mr. R. Rosewell, Miss S. Stradling, and
Mr. D. Sturdy.
The General Introduction to the Victoria County History, published in 1970,
and its Supplement published in 1990 give an outline of the structure of the series
as a whole, with an account of its progress.