Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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MG Apprentices

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High Street, Abingdon, ca 1910


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Ock Street Flooded, 1894


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The Causeway, 1909


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Abingdon Before Developments


Abingdon Archaeology @ 50



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.

The AAAHS has an online Bulletin Board at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/aaahs
You can also follow us on Twitter - click to go there.

 Next Talk:

Thursday 20th December 2018 at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS

Roger Thomas: 50 Years of Archaeology in Abingdon
Judy White: A Display of 50 Finds from Abingdon’s Past
Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society was founded 50 years ago. This event is our last event commemorating this anniversary with Roger presenting an overview of the various archaeological digs that the society members have done. Judy will be highlighting a particular find from 1984, the Islamic glass that was made around 1250 and found in Lombard Street.
It is fitting that Roger and Judy will be speaking as they have both been in our Society from the beginning.
We shall also have a number of archaeological finds on display as well as hot punch and mince pies.
Roger Thomas
Roger Thomas grew up in Abingdon. He was a founder member of the Society and went on to become a professional archaeologist, working for Historic England until 2017. He has lectured and published widely, including on the archaeology of Abingdon. He was Chairman of the Society between 2008 and 2014.
Next Local History Group meeting: 

The next meeting will be in Spring 2019 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.

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 section on this site.