Abingdon Area Archaeology and History Society

The Autumn 2021  newsletter in now available.
October 2021

The Spring 2021 newsletter in now available.
April 2021
You can now view the panels from the AAAHS 50th Anniversary exhibition held in Abingdon Museum in 2018.
March 2021
The Berkshire Industrial Archaeological Group – BIAG – is giving free membership for 2021 and there is an online newsletter that is really interesting.

January 2021

      June 2020   
We are very pleased to have received a very interesting article form Manfred Brod.
        He has written about Abingdon Epidemics, a topical subject but here he deals with the historical Abingdon occurrences. 
May 2020
There's a new upload on the Abingdon Buildings and People (ABP) website - an article on Abingdon Airfield.
It is based on work by Bob Frampton - thanks, Bob - and by individual members of the ABP group.
You will find a new link to the site on the Current Activity tab.
April 2020

Members, we now have a AAAHS Facebook Group to help fill the gap we now have in our activities.

It is private so does not show if searched for and can only be found by invitation. Members should have received an invitation, but if you have not please contact the Chairman.

The group is for the discussion of all things archaeological and historical primarily around Abingdon.

Do join and take part in this new venture of ours.

John Foreman



In the meantime you may be interested in some virtual archaeology. Details are available under the Links tab.


Following the latest Government advice the next three meetings in March, April and May are cancelled.

We hope to meet later in the year.

March 2020

 Archive of previous News items

The Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society is taking part in the
Festival of Archaeology which runs from 13th to 28th of July 2019.
Join  Abingdon Museum and AAAHS for a day of Archaeological  Discoveries on Saturday 2oth of July 2019.
July 2019


Since January 2019, as part of the Society's 50th anniversary project supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, a group of volunteers has been working through the finds from past AAAHS excavations. The group was previously working on material from the Marcham 'Trendles' excavation project https://trendlesproject.com/and the work is taking place at Marcham, in a portacabin very kindly made available to us by the Trendles project.

The work involves identifying, recording and repacking finds of many different kinds. Photographs of some them can be found at this link www.noirplus.uk  

Many thanks to Simon Blackmore, who leads the group working on artefacts and who took the photos.

January 2019

A Talk on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 2.30 at Trinity Church Hall, Conduit Road OX14 1DB

Abingdon Area Archaeological & Historical Society: 50 years of uncovering Abingdon’s wonderful past. By Roger Thomas and Bob Evans.

Founded as a working group for rescue archaeology around Abingdon, then expanded in response to the rising enthusiasm for local history, the AAAHS looks back in 2018 on half a century of activity, often working closely with the Oxford Unit of Archaeology. Abingdon has a long and chequered history and the Society has been instrumental in uncovering much of it. Roger, a founder member and former chairman, and Bob, the current chair, reflect on what the society has achieved and the challenges it faces.

November 2018

On Friday 23rd November there is a special exhibition at the Bridge House Care Home:

Abingdon in Fifty Boxes

November 2018


The Lambrick Lecture 2018

In the new Past Talks section of the Research Archive we have the full text of Manfred Brod’s Lambrick Lecture talk, “Abingdon – monastic estate to borough".
April 2018

Vacancy on the AAAHS Committee

Manfred Brod is no longer serving on the committee as he has served his maximum time there. He was Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Web-master. So well did he do these jobs that we have yet to find an individual who is willing to take them all on. If you are able to help the running of this Society by helping with just one of these jobs, or would like to know more – no commitment – then please contact any member of the Committee. You will be greatly welcomed!
January 2018
The AAAHS are always looking for new material to exhibit - photographs, information, memories..... If you can offer something please get in touch through this site or take it in to the library, where photographs will be scanned and returned.
December, 2016
Two New Recollections
 We have two new additions to the Recollections section in the Research Archive.

 One is the Ron Chung papers; Old courts and slums of Abingdon.  Ron was a resident of both the courts and ‘Hollywood’ and was able to record who lived where before the courts were removed. The papers are in the form of notes for a book that was never published.

 The other, The Argyle Dairy, is by Sandra Lewis, living in Canada, who has combined family tradition with her own research to give an account of the Argyle Dairy originally set up by her great-grandparents in Victoria Road.

November, 2016
Lecture by Air Vice Marshall Peter Dye: Above The Dreaming Spires ‘Oxfordshire’s Great War Aviation Story'.
Dye and cadetsOn the 20th of October we had a very successful talk by Air Vice-Marshal Dye. He outlined some of the characters and places that are part of our local early flying military history. Due to advance enquiries we had we expected a large attendance and on the night we nearly ran out of chairs. We were honoured to host a group from the local Abingdon Air Cadets that had seen the talk was on and wished to attend.
John Foreman, October 2016