Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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MG Apprentices

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High Street, Abingdon, ca 1910


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Ock Street Flooded, 1894


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The Causeway, 1909


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Abingdon Before Developments


 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 are encouraged to write for the Society's bi-annual newsletter, which is published on the website.

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.

 If you want to join the AAAHS, there's a membership form on this website, or you can contact any of the committee members.

Visitors are very welcome to attend meetings at a cost of £3.

The AAAHS has an online Bulletin Board at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/aaahs
You can also follow us on Twitter - click to go there.

 Next Talk:

Thursday 15th February 2018 at 7.45pm

Various Presenters: Old Images of Abingdon - various images and what they show.

Old Anchor E. Duncan

Following the popular success of this evening in the 2017 schedule it will be repeated in 2018. As planned, the 2017 event had a variety of presentations from old photographs and paintings to the mural in the pedestrian underpass. The different speakers also brought their own unique styles to their presentations. In addition a number of pictures were displayed for the members to look at after the presentations were over. 
The 2018 event will follow the same template with volunteer speakers choosing their own image to talk about. The only guidance is that it must have an Abingdon connection. Do you have something you could share? Please get in contact with me at  local@aaahs.org.uk. If you need help we can sort out the visuals presentation.  John Foreman
Image shows the Old Anchor Inn by E. Duncan



Next Local History Group meeting:

These meetings are usually held on a Tuesday  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon, starting at 7.45 in the Pendarvis Room.

The next meeting will be held in February 2018.

We do encourage anyone who has done some research into Abingdon’s past to come and show what they have done, or even if you have a question or mystery to clear up. The other people at the meeting usually have a good understanding of Abingdon’s past and even if they do not know the answer, will point you in the correct direction. We love finding out more.

Do come if you are able,

John Foreman

AAAHS Local History Group convenor. Contact me, John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk


Please find details in the Current Activities - Local History section on this site.