We are beginning to post our speakers for the coming season. The posts will be done one or two at a time to keep the excitement and anticipation at a fever pitch!In November we have the return of Dr Simon Wenham talking about "The history of pleasure boating on the Thames". On 20 February 2020 there is a talk by Dr Wendy Morrison: "Beacons of the Past – investigating a prehistoric Chilterns landscape". On the 19th of March 2020 we shall be having James Mather, a successful detectorist celebrated for finding The Watlington Hoard. He will be talking about that as well other finds.
A link to the Meeting Programme 2019-20, which provides further details, is here
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HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND GRANT FOR ABINGDON ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT
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.
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.
On Friday 23rd November there is a special exhibition at the Bridge House Care Home:
The Lambrick Lecture 2018
Vacancy on the AAAHS Committee
uploaded. A gentlemen's dining club of the eighteenth century - and it still exists! Look for it on:
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.