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.
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Next Local History Group meeting:
This will be held early next year (2017) , 7.45 pm, at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon.
Please find details in the Current Activities - Local History section on this site.
Thursday 17th November 2016, 7.45 pm, at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS: MAP
Judy Dewey: 'Wallingford - the impact of the Civil War'
Wallingford was a royalist stronghold throughout the main period of the Civil War from 1642-46, acting as a southern bulwark to the king's court at Oxford. It was also the last stand for the royalists, enduring a final siege of 12 weeks in 1646 when almost all other places had surrendered. The talk will consider Wallingford's role in the war, but will also look at the more personal aspects of life at the time for the inhabitants and the repercussions that followed.
Judy Dewey is a local historian who has studied Wallingford's history for many years. She has written and published numerous local history books and some academic papers, which have included work on the Civil War period. She and her late husband were the founding Secretary and Chairman of The Wallingford Historical and Archaeological Society and were instrumental in setting up Wallingford Museum. This has been run entirely by volunteers since it began in 1981 and is now a Charitable Company. Judy is one of its Directors and its Hon. Curator.