Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

The Local History Group 

35 Ock Street pictureThe Local History Group provides a forum and meeting point for members with a particular interest in the local history of Abingdon and its region. 

There are three meetings in 2017, starting on February 21st, with subsequent meetings in May, and October. At each meeting, one or two members give short presentations on their current research, which are discussed. Tea and coffee are provided, and there is usually ample opportunity for socialising and informal talk on historical subjects. 

There are also sub-groups which form from time to time for specific purposes. One that is currently active is the Abingdon Buildings and People group, which manages the Abingdon historical website, http://www.abingdon.gov.uk/partners/history

Meetings are on Tuesday evenings, 7.45 pm, in the Pendarvis room at 35 Ock Street. For the subjects of the next meeting, WATCH THIS SPACE.

We welcome anyone with a question about Abingdon local history as we usually have a knowledgeable audience who can answer them. There is also the opportunity to share anything you have done about Abingdon or the surrounding area with those present.

Please let me know so that I can make sure we allocate you some time.

 All AAAHS Members and guests are welcome. For further information contact local@aaahs.org.uk

Picture © M Brod 2013 


Next Local History Group meeting:

This will be on Tuesday 21 February 2017, 7.45 pm, 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. Despite what I jokingly said at the Thursday meeting, Bob Frampton will chat about the life and works at MG. Manfred Brod has something to say about John Blacknall's will and what was really going on at St Nicholas Church around 1626. I have some pictures I have taken and wonder if anyone knows their meaning. We also hope to have some film of work inside Abingdon Brewery.

Do come if you can,

John Foreman

AAAHS Local History Group convenor.

Last Meeting
 The last  meeting of the Local History Group was on the 18th of October 2016, at the usual venue of the Pendarvis Room, 35 Ock Street, Abingdon.  Bob Frampton was again talking about his books. We shall have to have more meetings to keep up with his production. It may be about Abingdon in WWII or MG or even both! The rest of the menu is more flexible depending on what you bring, but we have some backup topics if you do not. The Ron Chung papers are now published on the AAAHS site. There is the WWI Abingdon trench system and the Bellinger site redevelopment. If you wish to present something or have questions to ask, just turn up but it would be helpful to send me advance notice so I can be sure to fit you in. Contact me at local@aaahs.org.uk