Thursday 21 September 2017 [Please note this meeting starts at 7.30pm.]
The meeting will start with the AGM.This will be followed by the talk:
Jackie Smith: The Development of Albert Park
Albert Park, established on Conduit Field was described by John Betjeman as England's finest example of a Victorian suburb. The park itself, now with mature specimen trees and pleasant walk and views, dates from the 1860s. Shortly afterwards building plots were offered and soon the wealthy of Abingdon had villas built. Streets were built to access the area and these were filled with new houses that now make Albert Park probably the most desirable area to live in Abingdon. Jackie Smith will tell the story of the Park, street and houses that make this area such a local asset. (The image shows the Albert Memorial.)
Jackie Smith has been an AAAHS member since September 1969 when she became interested in Abingdon's history, particularly in all aspects of the Albert Park area and 19th century Abingdon. She worked for about 17 years in the Centre for Oxfordshire Studies now the Oxfordshire History Centre. She has been Hon Archivist to Abingdon Town Council since 1995 and to Christ's Hospital since 2008. She has co-authored three books, one on Abingdon pubs and two on Christ's Hospital and currently contributes monthly articles to The Herald.
Thursday 19th October 2017
Michael Heaney: Percy Manning, the extraordinary antiquary of Oxfordshire (with a bit of Berkshire)
Mike Hurst: Tracks to Trenches. Ambulances and Military Transport Trains in WW1
Thursday 18th January 2018
Various Presenters: Old images of Abingdon. Various images and what they show.
Thursday 19th April 2018
The 2018 Lambrick Lecture
The Lambrick Lecture is sponsored by George Lambrick in memory of his mother, Gabrielle Lambrick.
George is an archaeologist and member of our society.
Mrs Gabrielle Lambrick was a highly respected medieval historian who died in 1968. She did a lot of work on Abingdon Abbey. Most notably, she and C F Slade edited Two Cartularies of Abingdon Abbey, published in two volumes by the Oxford Historical Society in 1990-2. These are collections of legal and internal documents of the abbey. She contributed to a set of papers on 'The Early History of Abingdon, Berkshire, and its Abbey' in the journal Medieval History, Vol XII, 1968. She wrote a booklet for the Friends of Abingdon in 1966 on 'Business affairs at Abingdon Abbey in medieval times' describing the obedientary system and numerous other papers in the academic journals.
Manfred Brod. Abingdon: Monastic Estate to Borough
What was it like living in Abingdon as it became a self-governing community in the mid-16th century? What really changed? Who gained, and who lost? How did the new rulers legitimise their authority? How was Abingdon different from other towns being chartered about the same time? These questions cannot be fully answered, but Manfred has been looking hard at what the records and the physical remains can tell us. [Image of Richard Mayott]
Manfred Brod trained as a historian after retirement from paid work, obtaining a doctorate in English Local History. He specialises in the 16th and 17th centuries and in Abingdon and Berkshire in particular, and is author of two books and numerous published papers. He has been a member of AAAHS for many years, and has filled most of the administrative posts in the committee. He is currently convenor of the Abingdon Buildings and People website group which is part of the Society.
Jonathan Healey is Associate Professor in Social History at the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. He writes about the history of ordinary people in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. His first book, The First Century of Welfare, about poor relief in Lancashire in the seventeenth century, was published in 2014.
Thursday 20 September 2018
The meeting will start with the AGM. This will be followed by a talk by John Foreman on
"Louis Davis: The Last Pre-Raphaelite".
The image on the left is the speaker, John Foreman.
The image on the right is Louis Davis, the artist.
Thursday 18th October 2018
Victoria Bentata Azaz: Oxford in the History of Medicine from the 13th to the 21st Century.
Michael Bloom: A History of Georgia in the Caucasus Mountaims
Thursday 17th January 2019
Ruth Weinberg: Abingdon on Tap: the Story of our Water.
Abingdon managed with local water supplies until 1880, utilising its springs, streams and rivers. Although there had been at least one attempt to provide water to the richer inhabitants of the town, until the Council constructed its original reservoir and water main, there were no known attempts to create a public supply other than by providing stand pipes and wells. After 1880, there was a continuous search for more and more sources of clean water to meet an ever-growing demand, a search that did not really end until the formation of Water Boards. This talk looks at the efforts made through the years to provide Abingdon with the clean water it needed.
After an adventurous life, Ruth came to Abingdon 14 years ago and found an interesting town with a great historical group. Together with the help of some of these lovely people, she built up a little local knowledge and started researching the town’s story. Out of all this came the idea of the Abingdon Buildings & People project, now with more than 100 articles and still going strong. This talk is built on one of those articles that Ruth spent several years wrestling with.
Thursday 21st March 2019
Silvia Joinson: Kings we never had.
A trip through a thousand years of English history looking at various individuals who might have ruled; some interesting and controversial characters.
Would things have been different if they had come to the throne?
The image shows Prince Henry.
Silvia is a retired secondary school history teacher who still enjoys exploring her subject. She has lived in the area since childhood - the last 55 years in Abingdon.
Thursday 18th April 2019
The Lambrick Lecture
The Lambrick Lecture is sponsored by George Lambrick in memory of his mother, Gabrielle Lambrick. George is an archaeologist and member of our society.
Mrs Gabrielle Lambrick was a highly respected medieval historian who died in 1968. She did a lot of work on Abingdon Abbey. Most notably, she and C F Slade edited Two Cartularies of Abingdon Abbey, published in two volumes by the Oxford Historical Society in 1990-2. These are collections of legal and internal documents of the abbey. She contributed to a set of papers on 'The Early History of Abingdon, Berkshire, and its Abbey' in the journal Medieval History, Vol XII, 1968. She wrote a booklet for the Friends of Abingdon in 1966 on 'Business affairs at Abingdon Abbey in medieval times' describing the obedientary system and numerous other papers in academic journals.
Dr George Speake FSA ‘Helmets and Headaches: Reconstructing the Staffordshire Hoard Helmet'
The Staffordshire Hoard helmet, despite its incomplete state, is the grandest of the crested-type helmets to survive from the 6th/7th centuries, and it is believed to have been made in AD 600-650. Its golden ornament can be contrasted, in particular, with the iconic and contemporary helmet of silver appearance from Sutton Hoo with tinned-bronze decorative coverings. In its gilded state the Staffordshire Hoard helmet is more like late Roman examples. The Staffordshire helmet is also unique in having had an actual crest, indicated by the channel formed by its metal crest, as on all others the ‘crest’ forms only a low metal ridge. Again, the inspiration for a hair crest can be traced back to Roman helmets, and it can easily be seen how prominent it would have made its royal wearer on the battlefield. Indeed, its magnificent form with the great rarity of helmets generally from this time in England points to the fact that first and foremost it was a ceremonial object of state, and we should regard it therefore as no less than a crown.
Dr George Speake an archaeologist and art historian, who initially studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London before studying European archaeology at St John’s College Oxford.
His doctoral thesis Anglo-Saxon Animal Art and its Germanic Background was published in 1980 by the Clarendon Press, Oxford. Most of his subsequent time has been spent teaching Fine Art at the art colleges of Oxford and Banbury.
He is currently an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford.
Thursday 16th May 2019