Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

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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 17 October at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS.


Claire Bolton: Printing in Abingdon from 1476 to 1901 Printer

Generally people don’t see print or think about printers. This talk aims to correct this and will look at Abingdon’s connection with print from the 15th to the end of the 19th century. The town had impressive early connections, but that was short lived, and there was a gap of almost 250 years before anyone printed again in Abingdon.  The talk is illustrated with many images of printed works from 18th and 19th centuries, and some attempts to locate their printshops.


Claire Bolton



 Claire Bolton has been a letterpress printer for over 40 years, printing and publishing limited edition books which are now in collections and libraries throughout the world. She is also a printing historian, specialising in 15th century printing. She has taught many letterpress workshops and at Summer Schools on Oxford, London and Dunedin.


Next Local History Group Meeting:

The next meeting will be on Thursday 24 October 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. 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.