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.
Festival of Archaeology Open Day
22 July 2017
Sunningwell C of E Primary School Spinney Dig Open Day: 10am - 3pm
And you will be able to fortify yourself with the tea, coffee and cake which will be on sale.
21st September 2017
The first presentation of the 2017-2018 speakers' season will be preceeded by our AGM, with the election of the Committee and the usual reports, but no other business. We expect the AGM not to take long.
Jackie Smith: The Development of Albert Park
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 is expected to be held in October 2017. Futher details will follow.
This is your opportunity to share what you know about Abingdon, learn more about the town and hopefully have your questions answered.
The Group is run by John Foreman, the AAAHS Local History Group Convenor, in his own inimitable style.
You don't have to have something to say, but if you have you'll be welcome to say it. It's as formal or informal as you please, and there is coffee.
John writes: 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 was 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 their research, but not essential. If you have done any research into anything that may fit into the “Local” heading we are interested in that. If we do not get enough content I may have to show a bit more research into the Turner painting of Swift Ditch. You have been warned. Please get involved!
If you are at all interested in local history do come.
Contact me, John Foreman, at email@example.com
Please find details in the Current Activities - Local History section on this site.