|AAAHS 50th Anniversary Programme to be announced shortly|
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.
Thursday 19th April 2018 at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS
The 2018 Lambrick Lecture
The Lambrick Lecture is sponsored by George Lambrick in memory of his mother, Gabrielle Lambrick. George is an archaeologist and a 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.
Manfred Brod. Abingdon: Monastic Estate to Borough
What was it like living in Abingdon as it became a self-governing community in the mid-16th century? What really changed? Who gained, and who lost? How did the new rulers legitimise their authority? How was Abingdon different from other towns being chartered about the same time? These questions cannot be fully answered, but Manfred has been looking hard at what the records and the physical remains can tell us. [Image of Richard Mayott]
Manfred Brod trained as a historian after retirement from paid work, obtaining a doctorate in English Local History. He specialises in the 16th and 17th centuries and in Abingdon and Berkshire in particular, and is author of two books and numerous published papers. He has been a member of AAAHS for many years, and has filled most of the administrative posts in the committee. He is currently convenor of the Abingdon Buildings and People website group which is part of the Society.
Next Local History Group meeting:
The next meeting will be in Spring 2018 starting at 7.45pm in the Pendarvis Room at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5AG. Further details will follow.
For security reasons we have to keep the front door locked, so ring the bell and you will be let in.
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 is 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 or research, but not essential. Please get involved!
Do come if you are able.
Contact me, John Foreman, at email@example.com
AAAHS Local History Group Convenor
Please find details in the Current Activities - Local History section on this site.