Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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High Street, Abingdon, ca 1910


Ock Street Flooded, 1894


The Causeway, 1909


Abingdon Before Developments


 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:

Thursday 19th October 2017 at 7.30pm.

Michael Heaney: Percy Manning, the extraordinary antiquary of Oxfordshire (with a bit of Berkshire) 

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Percy Manning (1870-1917) was an extraordinary collector of all things Oxfordshire; his diverse interests ranged from archaeology and local buildings history to cricket and Morris dancing. Manning was interested in all periods of history and prehistory, collecting stone age tools, Roman coins, medieval tiles, and relics of ways of life that were disappearing in his own day, such as decorated police truncheons and local pottery.  He moved beyond material objects to uncover and document superstitions, folklore and customs. Although he was working to the old county boundaries, there is also a considerable amount of material relating to Berkshire hidden in the collections. The talk will look at his life and work and take a special look at the Berkshire elements.
Michael Heaney
Michael Heaney is a well-known researcher into folk music and folklore who has published widely on the subject. He combines this with extensive knowledge of the collections in the Bodleian Library where he spent his professional career. He is a Editor of and chief contributor to the book Percy Manning: The Man Who Collected Oxfordshire. Folk Music Journal (2017) and curated the centenary display on Manning at the Bodleian Library.



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 will be held on 17 October 2017. ( This is the day after the run-away fair.)

We have managed to get some speakers organised in advance of the meeting so you know there will be something interesting. Firstly we have Jackie Smith, who needs no introduction. She will be talking about The Paddocks, a house on Vineyard Farm, as a prequel to Bob’s talk. Bob Frampton, who hardly needs an introduction, our well-known author on local matters,  will be talking about the local business, Penlon, a long-time employer in Abingdon. 

I, who am interested in the strange and obscure of Abingdon, if time permits, will talk about Muhammad Ali and his connection with Abingdon. 

We do encourage anyone who has done some research into Abingdon’s past to come and show what they have done, or even if you have a question or mystery to clear up. The other people at the meeting usually have a good understanding of Abingdon’s past and even if they do not know the answer, will point you in the correct direction. We love finding out more.

Do come if you are able,

John Foreman

AAAHS Local History Group convenor. Contact me, John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk


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