A key source for architecture, history and heritage across the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
BAS Active Archaeology Group.
At Bucklands Wood.
Grand Union Canal Boiler House. Three Locks, Soulbury
Artist's View of Chalfont St Giles. Slocombe1883.
The reality. Chalfont St Giles c 1900.
The Society focuses on all aspects of our historic county, working to protect and record our heritage and historic environment. Historic buildings and ancient churches, documentary research and the landscapes of the past, local history – as well as archaeology and fieldwork – all are within our remit. We are just as concerned about the present as the past: our members are active in assessing the impact that the HS2 and the Oxford-Cambridge Express Way will have on the county’s historic buildings and landscapes. We were formed in 1848, over 170 years ago, our collection is curated by the County Council in the County Museum, Aylesbury [an historic building in shared ownership between the Society and the Council] and at the Centre for Bucks Studies (see LINKS menu above). County heritage data can also be accessed via the Bucks and Berks historic environment sites (see LINKS menu). For details of how to join the Society, visit our membership page.
We recently launched an appeal for funds to complete the cataloguing of the BAS deeds collection of over 11,000 documents, an important resource for the history of people and places in Bucks. Having had a good initial response we are currently are 38% towards our target of £4250.
The complete professional cataloguing of these documents will be a major boost to the ability to remotely search this very large collection which includes documents from all except 20 of the 247 historic parishes in Bucks. If you are a local historian, a genealogist, or a student of the people or places in Bucks this will be of benefit to you.
Saturday July 25th Elizabethan Theatres – Recent discoveries in London Speaker: Sandy Kidd, of Historic England A guided tour of the excavations and research since 2000 that have revealed the London theatres of Shakespeare’s time.Register for this On-line lecture Here.
Saturday August 15th Amersham – Brewing in a Market Town Speaker: Julian Hunt, BAS President A investigation into the evolution of Brewing in a Buckinghamshire Market town.Register for this On-line lecture Here.
Our lectures are free and (normally) located in the County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP starting at 2.30pm. Lasting about one hour plus time for discussion. Refreshments are available after the event.
The society had planned four Summer Outings in 2020 to visit Hedgerley, Three Locks, Northampton and Brill before the imposition of the Covid-19 virus restrictions. These have now prevented the first three outings going ahead in the form originally planned. Two have been replaced by on-line illustrated talks.
For full details and news about the BRILL OUTING, planned for Saturday 29 August and led by archaeologist Mike Farley, click here.