Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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High Street, Abingdon, ca 1910


Ock Street Flooded, 1894


The Causeway, 1909


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 16th November 2017 at 7.30pm.

Mike HurstTracks to Trenches. Ambulances and Military Transport Trains in WW1

WW1 Railway Red Cross

This will be an affecting account of railway activities in the South of England and in France during the Great War. Railways permitted the mass movements of munitions, equipment and men and the harrowing resulting casualties, many of whom were taken through the Thames Valley. As well as the many technical innovations introduced by the GWR they were the pioneer of ambulance trains. This talk will include the transport and care of the wounded back to Blighty with some focus on South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire. [Image shows a WW1 Railway Red Cross Train]
Mike Hurst
Mike Hurst trained as a microbiologist, but has always been interested in history, particularly transport and industrial history. He helps run Goring Gap Local History Society and, since moving to Goring in 2004, has carried out original research on various aspects of the local area and its past inhabitants. 
He is a volunteer at Sir William McAlpine's private railway at Fawley Hill near Henley, runs the Goring Gap Transport History Group and acts as a Schools Guide, Museum Steward and Guard at Didcot Railway Centre.



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.