The Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society
The AAAHS was founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region.
The society organises monthly lectures by acknowledged authorities on topics related to history and archaeology and to those of Abingdon in particular. There is also, during each summer, a programme of visits to sites of particular significance. Members receive a bi-annual newsletter for which they are encouraged to write.
The society encourages its members to pursue their own research interests, either independently or within its special interest groups, and supports these financially so far as its means allow. Its archaeological group, the longest established, has carried out numerous excavations in and about Abingdon; many of these have been published while others are currently being prepared for publication. The local history group was established in 2000 and since then has taken a number of initiatives, notably including the Ock Street Heritage project of 2006-8 and the 'Abingdon Buildings and People' history website . The society provides guides and lecturers, and cooperates with other local organisations on projects of civic importance.
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Thursday, 18 February, 7.45 pm, at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon: MAP
The talk will focus on six principal aspects of the river’s influence on historical events and especially on the lives of the local population. Since the earliest of times, the Thames has provided an effective political and social boundary and has determined the siting of settlements which grew into today’s towns and villages. A wide range of employment opportunities developed and the river was an important source of food during medieval times. Until the coming of the railway, the Thames was a main highway for goods, people and ideas. Today, the river is a highly valued social and environmental resource and continues to influence the lives of those who live along its banks.
Peter has lived in the Thames Valley for many years and is actively engaged in local history and heritage matters in his home village of Wargrave. His interest in the river arose from research for his dissertation at Reading on the importance of water transport in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is involved in editing and publishing of books relating to Wargrave’s history.
See the complete lecture programme and additional information for this talk HERE