Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

Meetings Programme 2019-20  
Northcourt Centre
Welcome to our meetings page. You can see that our year runs from September through till June. All presentations (apart from the Local History Group) are usually held at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Rd. Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1NS. at 7.45 pm. [See the image on the right and  MAP ]
Attendance for Members is free and visitors are welcome (suggested donation: £3.00). If you are interested in joining the society, please speak to any comittee member who will be identified by their badge.
There is on-site parking and dedicated disabled spaces. Refreshments are available on most evenings.
Please check this page for changes and updates.

 Thursday 19th September 2019 


 The meeting will start with the AGM.


  Thursday 17th October 2019

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.

Thursday 21st November 2019

Lecturer: Title (TBC)

Thursday 19th December 2019  
Lecturer: Title (TBC)



Thursday 16th January 2020

Lecturer: Title (TBC)
Thursday 20th February 2020

Lecturer: Title (TBC)



Thursday 21st March 2020

Lecturer: Title (TBC)


Thursday 18th  April 2020

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.




Thursday 16th May 2020

Lecturer: Title (TBC)

 Thursday 20th June 2020
Members' Evening