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




 Exploring Abingdon's Past: 50 years of

Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society.

An Exhibition at Abingdon Museum from 7th July to 23rd September 2018


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 18th October 2018 at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS

 Victoria Bentata Azaz: Oxford in the History of Medicine from the 13th to the 21st Century.
From the award of the first DM in the 13th century, Oxford has been a hotbed of medical inquiry.  An extraordinary bevy of geniuses emerged in the 17th century to make ground-breaking discoveries about the nature of the human body and the natural world. In the 20th century, Oxford was at the forefront of medical research, with numerous Oxford scientists winning Nobel Prizes in Physiology or Medicine for everything from Penicillin to the development of the Hepatitis B vaccine.  It remains one of the worldís leading centres of medical research and teaching in the 21st century.  Come and learn about some of the personalities and ideas involved in Oxford's medicine over the past 800 years.
Victoria Bentata
Victoria Bentata Azaz is a graduate of Oxford University and a Green Badge Oxford tour guide. She gives tours on all sorts of subjects to all sorts of people. For more details, see  www.oxfordcitywalks.co.uk 

Next Local History Group meeting: 

The next meeting will be in October 2018 starting at 7.45pm in the Pendarvis Room  at 35 Ock Street, Abingdon OX14 5AG. (Further details to follow.)

For security reasons the front door is kept locked, so ring the bell and you will be let in.

We usually have a mid-year meeting of this group. This year we have decided to forgo this meeting as we have been doing so much that fills this brief. Our Abingdon History Day at the Northcourt centre was very successful with a capacity audience and we have the Exploring Abingdon’s Past: 50 Years of AAAHS exhibition that will be at the Abingdon County Hall Museum from the 7th of July 2018. 

We will be going back to our usual schedule for October.

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.