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 19 December at 7.45pm in the Northcourt Centre, Abingdon OX14 1NS.

Please note that access to the Northcourt Centre will be from the Wootton Road only. Please allow extra time for your journey and do travel safely.


Richard Dudding: Radley Large Wood: Monks, Deer, Riots, Canal and Bluebells


For almost a thousand years, this ancient wood has been one of the most valued parts of the parish of Radley and has played a central role in some of its defining events. Richard’s talk gives a preview of new evidence found during research for the Club's new book ‘Radley Manor and Village’ launched on the 30th November 2019 at The Mansion at Radley College.

Dudding Richard

Richard Dudding is Chairman of the Radley History Club. He studied history at Jesus College Cambridge, and has returned to the subject after a career in central and local government. 



Do come along and have a mince pie and glass of hot punch.

There will be a small prize for the most outrageous Christmas jumper!

Next Local History Group Meeting:

The next meeting will be in Spring 2020 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.