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 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.


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


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Next Local History Group meeting:

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 7.45 pm, at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon.


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


 Next Talk:

Thursday 15 September 2016, 7.45 pm, at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon:  MAP 

The meeting will start with the AGM.

This will be followed by a talk by Bob Evans:  Tales from God’s Acre. Some Sunningwell Lives

Sunningwell church and pond 1907Sunningwell church and pond, 1907


These days it’s become much easier to piece together information about some of the people buried in country churchyards. This talk introduces a number of Sunningwell folk, whose forgotten careers turn out to be diverting and instructive, as well as often surprising. They provide insight into both the typical activities of villagers in times past, and the linkage between local and national events.


Bob EvansBob was Regius Professor of History at Oxford until his retirement, and specialised in the post-medieval history of east-central Europe. He has now added to this a current interest in the past of Abingdon and its area, especially the village of Sunningwell.