Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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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 AAAHS Constitution can be viewed here.

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 20th June 2019 at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS

Members' evening.

AAAHS Talk Days at the Abingdon County Hall Museum
Why not come and listen to local experts talk about interesting topics at the Abingdon Museum?  Each talk will last thirty minutes and will be about a different subject or object in the Museum collection.
  • Find out what ice age Abingdon was like.
  • Who were the first inhabitants?
  • What was the Great Abbey of Abingdon like and why was it destroyed?
  • Learn about the people that worked at the MG factory and hear about some of their stories.

The next talks will  take place on 18th May 2019.

11.30am Robert Evans - 'The Spinney Dig: Uncovering a lost cottage in Sunningwell. Kempster room. Museum Basement.

       1pm Bob Frampton -  'Abingdon in WW2'. Kempster Room, Museum Basement

More details are available on the Abingdon Museum website.


Next Local History Group Meeting:

The next meeting will be on Thursday 30th May 2019 starting at 7.45pm in the Pendarvis Room  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5AG. Please note change of date.

For security reasons the front door is kept locked, so ring the bell and you will be let in. Go up the stairs and the Pendarvis Room is on your left.

For more information contact John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk

AAAHS Local History Group Convenor

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