Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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High Street, Abingdon, ca 1910

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Ock Street Flooded, 1894

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The Causeway, 1909

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Abingdon Before Developments

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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 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:

15th June 2017

Open Evening

This evening used to be called the Members' Evening, but feedback told us that the title confused some as they thought it was just for Members. We always encourage visitors as we hope they will enjoy their time with us and become Members. What the old title meant was that it was an evening when Members could come and talk, in a small way, about a project of their own rather than it being a more formal talk by a brought in speaker. Hence the new title and the explanation. Now we have that sorted out we all know that this evening relies on the Membership to fill the evening with four or five short talks. We should have two of them sorted but now need the rest. Please come forward with anything you have done, even if not finished, that you can  share with us.

Please contact me, John Foreman, at local@aaahs.org.uk

 

 

Next Local History Group meeting:

To be held on Tuesday 30 May 2017  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon, starting at 7.45 in the Pendarvis Room.

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.

John Foreman

 

Contact me, John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk

 

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