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 March 2018 at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS

Bryan Brown:   A Celebration of the Life of John Henry Brookes (1891 - 1975): The man who inspired a University.

All members of The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society are invited to attend as guests of AAAHS.

John H Brooks

Bryan Brown the author of the recently published biography  John Henry Brookes: The man who inspired a University, will talk about the modern founder of Oxford Brookes University. Brookes developed the first further educational institution for the working people of Oxford and it was not an easy path. The Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s, through World War Two and its deprived aftermath until the glimmer of recovery in the 1950s, was the most challenging of contexts. However his achievement is perhaps unparalleled in British education. Bryan will talk about his character and influences, his Oxford years, his work as an artist/craftsman/author and his outstanding legacy.
Bryan BrownBryan Brown is closely associated with John Henry Brookes. He was born in Oxford, attended Cheney School which was founded by Brookes and similarly trained as a designer. Bryan practised design and helped to forge the design consultancy sector whilst Brookes focussed on education. In 1992 when Oxford Polytechnic became a university, he recommended the name and developed the brand identity for Oxford Brookes University. Bryan is an Honorary Fellow and Doctor of the University and has led a campaign to reassert John Henry Brookes fading legacy. Bryan also unearthed the photographic work of the Oxford photographer Henry Taunt and published his college thesis as a fully illustrated biography in the 1970s. He has lived in Abingdon for over 40 years and after running his company from the town centre is now very engaged in Abingdon civic and community life and is the current chairman of The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society.





Next Local History Group meeting: 

Tuesday 20th February 2018 starting at 7.45pm in the Pendarvis Room  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5AG. Further details will follow.

For security reasons we have to keep the front door locked, so ring the bell and you will be let in.

I do tend to have a casual approach to organising these meetings along the lines of “if you build it, they will come.” Much to my relief (and many others) that usually happens, but it is often the same people who come along with their observations, work or questions about Abingdon and our near neighbours. Not that there is anything wrong with that, and a thank you to them, but it would be good if we had some fresh input. That means you! If you have any questions about Abingdon’s past, where you live, what used to be where do bring it along. It might help if you let me know what it is beforehand so the query can be circulated so the ‘experts’ can check or research, but not essential. Please get involved!

Do come if you are able.

John Foreman

Contact me, John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk

AAAHS Local History Group Convenor

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