Abingdon Area Archaeology and History 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. We are very pleased to have resumed our meetings in the Northcourt Centre. For conditions of use see: Northcourt Centre Special Conditions.

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 16th December 2021, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS

Ian Giles Historical Christmas and Winter Folk Songs and Music -  Live Talk and Perfomance
 ian giles
Ian Giles is a traditional folk singer who also plays various traditional instruments. He has been perfoming and recording with Oxford folk group Magpie Lane and The Oxford Waits for over 25 years. The Oxford Waits are a revival of a medieval tradition of town bands which played for festive and ceremonial occasions. The modern Oxford group specialise in the music of the 17th century through its changes in political and religious fortune. 
For our Christmas event, Ian will give a costumed talk and perfomance of folk and traditional songs for Christmas and the winter season, particularly but not exclusively from the 17th century.

Next Local History Group (LHG) Meeting:

The next LHG meeting will be in the Spring of 2022 at 35 Ock Street Abingdon OX14 5AG at 7.30pm and on Zoom.

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