Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

  Meetings Programme 2020-21

Welcome to our meetings page. Our year runs from September through till June. At the moment all our presentations will be on Zoom and are open to members who will be sent invitations to join. We plan to have live meetings again as soon as we feel they will be viable. 

We will be adding to this page with updates and further information as soon as we have it. 

 Thursday 17th September 2020 

This will be our first online meeting and will be via Zoom. Invitations will be sent to members the day before. Please make sure we have your latest email. 

Annual General Meeting (AGM) starting at 7.45 with sign in starting at 7.35 p.m. 

The AGM will be followed by the talk by Bob Evans

 'The Bayworth Coal Mine Débâcle. The Cautionary Tale of a 19th-Century Local Landowner'. 

Bob Evans

Bob was Regius Professor of History at Oxford until his retirement, and specialised in the post-medieval history of east-central Europe. He has now added to this a current interest in the past of Abingdon and its area, especially the village of Sunningwell. He is a past Chairman of AAAHS. 




Thursday 15th October 2020 

This online meeting will be the second of our Society's Zoom talks available to our members. It will take about 30 minutes. Invitations will be sent to members the day before, do look out for them.  Please make sure we have your latest email. 
Have you investigated if you can plug your computer into your television? You could then watch from your lounge.

A talk and presentation by John Foreman starting at 7.45 p.m. with sign-in starting at 7.40 p.m. 

 'The history of the Spring Road Cemetery and a detailed look at a few of the graves there'. 

The Spring Road Cemetery in Abingdon is typical of the many municipal Victorian graveyards that were established around the same time. This talk will look at why this is so and also look in detail at a few of the graves there.

John Foreman


John Foreman is the Chairman of AAAHS and is interested in family and social history, which both feature strongly in this talk.


 Thursday 19th November 2020 
This online Zoom presentation is available to our members. It will take about 50 minutes. Invitations will be sent to members the day before, do look out for them.  Please make sure we have your latest email. 

We will start letting members in from the waiting room at 7.40 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7.45 p.m.


The Appleton Area Archaeology project is a large landscape archaeology project focusing on the ridge area south-west of Oxford. Until recently almost no archaeological research at all had been done in this significant Thames-border region and the results of the project’s work so far have challenged many assumptions made about the area. It is unusual in its lack of Roman archaeology, early Anglo-Saxon potential, mix of village types and wealth of moated manors. Has this character been shaped by the area’s strategic location by the Thames and across some of the most important approaches to the Oxford area?

J Harrison


Jane Harrison is Senior Tutor and Research Associate at OUDCE and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle and has run excavations across the UK, in particular in Orkney and Oxfordshire. She specialises in the Viking/Early Medieval period, in buildings and landscape archaeology and in the creation of major community-focused research projects.


Thursday 17th December 2020

A Zoom talk and presentation starting at 7.45 p.m. with sign-in starting at 7.40 p.m. The invitations will go out the day before.

Martin Buckland: Canal People

Canal People

Martin Buckland


Martin Buckland has been interested in Industrial Archaeology from the age of 4 when watching Great Western trains with his Dad at Iver where he was born. Nearly seven decades later he is involved with the Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre and with the restoration of the Wilts & Berks and other canals.He gives talks at Abingdon Museum to primary school children about what it was like to live on a working narrow boat and leads walks along the historic and proposed routes of the Wilts & Berks Canal and another covering the rivers of Abingdon. He is a valued member of AAAHS