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 receive a bi-annual newsletter for which they are encouraged to write.

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.


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Next Local History Group meeting:

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 7.45 pm, at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon.


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


 Next Talk:

Thursday 20th October 2016, 7.45 pm, at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS:  MAP 


Air Vice Marshall Peter Dye: Above The Dreaming Spires ‘Oxfordshire’s Great War Aviation Story’

Above the Dreaming Spires

The lecture will describe the role played by what is now Oxfordshire in the development of military aviation from 1912 until the end of the First World War. It will focus on places and people, discussing the impact of aviation on individuals and on the county. It will draw on the exhibition unveiled at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in 2015, as well as supporting material that could not be included for reasons of space.

Peter DyeDr Peter Dye served in the Royal Air Force for 35 years, retiring as an air vice-marshal. He graduated in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College and served in a variety of engineering, training and staff appointments. He was Director General of the RAF Museum for six years until retiring to write and research on military aviation. ‘The Bridge to Airpower’, on aviation logistics in the First World War, was published in 2015 by the Naval Institute Press. He is currently writing the biography of Sir Robert Brooke-Popham (due to be published next year), soldier, pioneer airman, Governor of Kenya and CinC Far East when the Japanese attacked Malaya in December 1941.