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 the 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 Buckinghamshire Archives (see LINKS menu above). County heritage data can also be accessed via the Bucks Heritage Portal (see LINKS menu). For details of how to join the Society, visit our membership page.
Saturday 12 December:Stories from the Amersham Museum Speaker Alison Bailey, Trustee, Amersham Museum After her recent talk at the Bucks Local History Network Conference in October 2020, Alison Bailey will now turn to the many stories of Amersham people and places which feature on the Museum website at https://amershammuseum.org/history/people. Register for this online lectureHere
You can find the full BAS Winter Lecture programmeHere
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’s recent appeal for funds to complete the cataloguing of the BAS deeds collection of over 11,000 documents has raised £2,455 – and we will be able to add to this by reclaiming tax under the Gift Aid scheme.
So thanks are due to all who have donated. The fund will be sent to the Bucks Records Society, who are funding the work at Buckinghamshire Archive. The new catalogue will make the document collection accessible for research.
The Active Archaeology Group (AAG) meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month during the winter. These meetings are now online (Zoom) while COVID-19 precautions continue. Our new programme starts in October 2020
Thursday 10 December, 7.30pm: (Online Zoom virtual party) Virtual Christmas Party and AAG round-up of the year’s activities – Host Doug Stuckey Quiz (for fun), review of HS2 archaeology 2020 and Great Linford Manor Ha-ha excavations. Register for this meetingHere
• All meetings are at the Bucks County Museum in Church Street, Aylesbury, and start at 7.30pm. Entrance is from the footpath on the side of the building that faces St Mary’s Churchyard. • All meetings are in three parts: a practical archaeology session or speaker on a recent excavation; a break for tea, coffee and biscuits; then reports on our current and recent archaeology projects. All welcome.