Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

Meetings Programme 2021-22

Welcome to our meetings page. Our year runs from September through till June.
Meetings are normally held in the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS, starting at 7.45pm. 
We will be adding to this page with updates and further information as soon as we have it. 
 

 Thursday 16th September 2021, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS

The talk will follow the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

 How Pagan were Medieval English Peasants?

For most of the twentieth century most historians believed that the common people of medieval England had remained substantially pagan in their religious beliefs. This view has now disappeared, for reasons that will be explained, and the time seems right to ask three questions about medieval popular religion in England. Why did belief in a pagan medieval populace develop and last so long among experts, and then be abandoned? What is the actual evidence for medieval popular religion? What new perspectives can be obtained on it by comparing it with paganism? This talk aims to suggest answers to all three.

Professor Ronald Hutton

Ronald Hutton

Ronald Hutton is the senior Professor of History in the University of Bristol, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries, the Learned Society of Wales, and the British Academy. He is the historian on the board of trustees which runs English Heritage, and chair of the Blue Plaques panel which awards commemorative plaques to historic buildings. He has published seventeen books and eighty-one essays on a wide range of subjects including British history between 1400 and 1700, ancient and modern paganism in Britain, the British ritual year, and Siberian shamanism.

Professor Hutton’s face is well known as he appears in many historical television documentaries, and his insightful observations on the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of people in past times invariably enhance our understanding of an area of life not always fully appreciated. We are extremely fortunate that he has agreed to come and speak to us – a talk not to be missed. 


Thursday 21st October 2021, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS 
 
Dr. Tania Dickinson (York University, retd.):
"The Staffordshire Hoard"
(Lambrick Lecture 2021)
Thursday 18th November 2021, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS
 
 Tony Rayner (Cholsey resident):
Talk on aspects of the history of Cholsey, probably including notable residents such as Agatha Christie
 Thursday 16th December 2021, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS
 
Ian Giles (Oxford Waits Band): live costumed performance of historical Christmas and winter folk songs and music
Thursday 20th January 20227.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS
 
Katharina Ulmschneider (Director of HEIR):
"The Story of the T'ang Dynasty Camel in the Ashmolean Museum - An Example of Art Looted by the Nazis"
Thursday 17th February 20227.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS
 
Timothy Walker (Oxford University):
"The History of Oxford University Botanic Garden"
Thursday 17th March 2022, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS 
 
Nina Morgan (OU Museum of Natural History):
"William Smith and the History of Geology in Oxfordshire"
Thursday 21st April 2022, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS
 
Stephen Barker (Heritage Advisor):
"Oxfordshire (the modern county) in the English Civil War" with especial reference to the Abingdon area
Thursday 19th May 2022, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS
 
 Ed Peveler (Archaeology Officer at Berkshire Archaeology, formerly Landscape Heritage Officer, Chilterns AONB):
 "The Use of LiDAR in Archaeology" with especial reference to the Chiltern Hillforts Project and sites in Berkshire
(Lambrick Lecture 2022)
Thursday 16th June 2022, 7.45pm at the Northcourt Centre, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1NS
 
Members' Evening