Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND GRANT FOR ABINGDON ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT

  


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 AAAHS Constitution can be viewed here.

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
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 Next Talk:

The next talk will take place on Thursday 21 November at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS.

 

Dr Simon Wenham: More than three men in a boat: the rise and fall of Pleasure Boating on the Thames 

Lady punting

The Victorian period is often described as the ‘golden age of the Thames’, as it was during this time that the river was transformed into a vast conduit of leisure. It was the era of steam launch trips, Venetian fairs, regattas, picnics, carnivals and ‘three men in a boat’. This talk covers more than 150 years of pleasure boating and shows why some common perceptions about the river’s history are misleading.

Dr Simon Wenham
Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department where he teaches courses on the Victorian period. His doctoral research at the University of Oxford was on the history of Salter Bros Ltd, an Oxford-based Thames boat firm. The thesis was turned into the book Pleasure Boating on the Thames: a History of Salter Bros 1858 – Present Day. Simon is on the Scientific Committee of the ‘European Rivers and Towns‘ initiative and he is currently working on further writing projects, having recently produced an academic article on the history of camping (for Oxoniensia) and a number of popular-level articles, including one on the Oxford suffragettes (for Limited Edition).
 
 

Next Local History Group Meeting:

The next meeting will be in Spring 2020 starting at 7.45pm in the Pendarvis Room  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5AG.

For security reasons the front door is kept locked, so ring the bell and you will be let in. Go up the stairs and the Pendarvis Room is on your left.

For more information contact John Foreman,  at local@aaahs.org.uk

AAAHS Local History Group Convenor

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