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.
Next AAAHS Talk:
Thursday 17th September 2020
Annual General Meeting (AGM) starting at 7.45 with sign in starting at 7.35 p.m.
The AGM will be followed by the talk by Bob Evans:
'The Bayworth Coal Mine Débâcle. The Cautionary Tale of a 19th-Century Local Landowner'.
Bob 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. He is a past Chairman of AAAHS.
Next Local History Group (LHG) Meeting:
The next LHG meeting for 2020 will be on the following date:
- Tuesday 20th October 2020
Meetings start at 7.45 in the Pendarvis Room at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon OX 14 5AG.
For security reasons the front door of 35 Ock Street 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
AAAHS Local History Group Convenor
Please find further details in the Current Activities - Local History Group section on this site.