Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

We are closely following the latest government advice from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public  and we will keep you informed of any changes we make. Some of these changes may be at short notice so do check the web site before attending meetings.

In the meantime you may be interested in some virtual archaeology. Details are available under the Links tab.

You can now view the panels from the AAAHS 50th Anniversary exhibition held in Abingdon Museum in 2018.

Take a self-guided walk through Abingdon’s history. Choose one of seven walks that take you to more than 40 buildings. Each walk gives you direct weblinks to articles on the buildings and the people associated with them.



The Abingdon Area Archaeology and History 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.


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 Next AAAHS Talk:

 Thursday 21 October 2021, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS.

(The Lambrick Lecture 2021) 

Dr. Tania Dickinson (York University, retd.): "The Staffordshire Hoard: an Anglo-Saxon Treasure"
Staffordshire PommelSince its discovery in 2009 near Lichfield, the ‘Staffordshire Hoard’ has dazzled and perplexed scholars and the public alike. The assemblage – the largest yet known of early Anglo-Saxon gold – exists solely as fragments, mainly from swords and military parade gear but also from some of the earliest pieces of English ecclesiastical treasure. How did this unique assemblage come together and why was it buried, apparently alone? In 2019, the results of a six-year research project by a team of conservators, archaeologists and historians were published, as a book and online. The talk will provide an overview of the arguments: it will outline the character, dating, origins and social contexts of the material, and the wider archaeological and historical contexts into which it might be placed. Explanations are far from exhausted, however.
Image shows a Staffordshire Pommel

Dr. Tania Dickinson 

Tania Dickinson

 Tania Dickinson read history at St Anne’s College, Oxford, followed by a DPhil at the Institute of Archaeology, studying the early Anglo-Saxon burial sites of the Upper Thames region. She was a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, University College, Cardiff, before in 1979 becoming a founder member of academic staff at the Department of Archaeology, University of York. Since retirement in 2011, she has been an honorary research associate of the Department. She has published widely on Anglo-Saxon archaeology, especially its burials, artefacts and art, including papers on the Oxfordshire ‘princely’ burials of Cuddesdon and Asthall. She was an academic co-editor of The Staffordshire Hoard: an Anglo-Saxon Treasure, published by the Society of Antiquaries of London, of which she is a fellow.


Next Local History Group (LHG) Meeting:

The next LHG meeting for 2021 will be in the Autumn.

 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.