Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

We are closely following the latest government advice from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public  and we will keep you informed of any changes we make. Some of these changes may be at short notice so do check the web site before attending meetings.

In the meantime you may be interested in some virtual archaeology. Details are available under the Links tab.

Take a self-guided walk through Abingdon’s history. Choose one of seven walks that take you to more than 40 buildings. Each walk gives you direct weblinks to articles on the buildings and the people associated with them.



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 AAAHS Talk:

     Thursday 19th November 2020 

This online Zoom presentation is available to our members. It will take about 50 minutes. Invitations will be sent to members the day before, do look out for them.  Please make sure we have your latest email. 

We will start letting members in from the waiting room at 7.40 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7.45 p.m.


The Appleton Area Archaeology project is a large landscape archaeology project focusing on the ridge area south-west of Oxford. Until recently almost no archaeological research at all had been done in this significant Thames-border region and the results of the project’s work so far have challenged many assumptions made about the area. It is unusual in its lack of Roman archaeology, early Anglo-Saxon potential, mix of village types and wealth of moated manors. Has this character been shaped by the area’s strategic location by the Thames and across some of the most important approaches to the Oxford area?

J Harrison


Jane Harrison is Senior Tutor and Research Associate at OUDCE and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle and has run excavations across the UK, in particular in Orkney and Oxfordshire. She specialises in the Viking/Early Medieval period, in buildings and landscape archaeology and in the creation of major community-focused research projects.


Next Local History Group (LHG) Meeting:

The next LHG meeting for 2020 will be on the following date:

  • Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 19.45 on Zoom, people being admitted after 19.30. Do make a note of this date.

The Local History Group had a meeting in October that went well and it was decided to have them on a monthly basis, till not.  This is an informal meeting so microphones will be turned on so anyone can talk. We decided to make a theme for this one, and it is ‘Resources for local history research.’  It will probably stray off subject, but that is where we will start.

Zoom invitations will go out the day before. Click on the link and wait to be admitted..

Following meetings will continue throughout the year on the third Tuesday of the month on Zoom.

 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.