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:

Please note the different location and start time for the following lecture.

20th  April 2017 The Lambrick Lecture (Jointly hosted with The Friends of Abingdon)

This event is held in the famous Unicorn Theatre, Checker Walk, Abingdon OX14 3JB http://www.abingdonabbey-unicorntheatre.org.uk/findus.html It starts at 7.30 pm and finishes at approximately 9.30. Afterwards there will be light refreshments and a chance to visit the Long Gallery and other parts of the Buildings, as well as the Abingdon and Abbey Timelines.
David Clark: The Long Gallery at Abingdon Abbey  in context of communal living in the middle ages
David Clark
David Clark became an architectural historian following a career with the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He specialises in vernacular buildings, and ran a certificate course on the subject at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education. He has published on medieval shops, timber framing in Berkshire (for the revised Buildings of England volume) and co-wrote Burford: buildings and people in a Cotswold town, for the England’s Past for Everyone project. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Unfortunately there is no parking at the Abbey Buildings, although drop-off and pick-up is possible. Parking is available in both the nearby Abbey Close and the Cattle Market car parks. There is limited space for wheelchairs in the theatre: please contact the Curator on 01235 525339 if you would like a space to be reserved for you, or have other questions about accessibility. Sadly, access to the refreshment area and the Long Gallery is only possible by stairs. Attendance for members of either AAAHS or the Friends of Abingdon is free and visitors are welcome (suggested donation: £3.00).

The Lambrick Lecture is sponsored by George Lambrick in memory of his mother, Gabrielle Lambrick.. George is an archaeologist and member of our society.

Mrs Gabrielle Lambrick was a highly respected medieval historian who died in 1968. She did a lot of work on Abingdon Abbey. Most notably, she and C F Slade edited Two Cartularies of Abingdon Abbey, published in two volumes by the Oxford Historical Society in 1990-2. These are collections of legal and internal documents of the abbey. She contributed to a set of papers on 'The Early History of Abingdon, Berkshire, and its Abbey' in the journal Medieval History, Vol XII, 1968. She wrote a booklet for the Friends of Abingdon in 1966 on 'Business affairs at Abingdon Abbey in medieval times' describing the obedientary system and numerous other papers in the academic journals.



Next Local History Group meeting:

To be held on a Tuesday evening in May 2017 (exact date tbc) at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon, starting at 7.45.

As usual we will have a mixed bag, some of which I know now, but I hope you will bring your questions as well as anything interesting you know about Abingdon and the area. 

Do come if you can,

John Foreman

AAAHS Local History Group convenor.

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