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.
The Church Crawl with Michael Hardy, we will visit an area to the North of Bucks this time, more details later.
Coach will leave Amersham 8.45am, Gt. Missenden 8.55am, Wendover 9.05am, Bedgrove 9.15am Aylesbury 9.20am and Wing 9.40am (details below).
Expected return times: Wing 5.40pm, Aylesbury 6.00pm and Amersham 6.35pm.
For N Bucks and MK people, the first church will be in the MK area so you might like to meet us there. Details in September.
The cost of the day will be £24.00 to include the coach fare, driver’s tip and donations to churches.
Location of picking up and dropping off points for the coach:
• Old Amersham High Street, wait outside Elmodesham House HP7 0EN
• Great Missenden Link Road, beside car park HP16 9AE
• Wendover War memorial, High Street HP22 6DU
• Bedgrove On the main Wendover Road, the junction with Camborne Avenue, at the bus stop nearer to Aylesbury HP21 9PB
• Aylesbury Walton Street facing the Lending Library HP20 1TZ
• Wing – Stewkley Road, outside Café Zeera LU7 ONE
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SOCIAL HOUSING – FROM ALMSHOUSES TO RIGHT-TO-BUY
A one-day conference on the changing face of housing for the people: cottages on manorial estates, the 18th-century workhouse that provided work, the 19th-century workhouse that enforced it, ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ that launched council-provided housing after the First World War, then the New Towns and Milton Keynes after the Second, and its dismantling through Right-to-Buy.
PLUS displays and bookstalls by the county’s local history and archaeology societies.
Saturday 5 October 2019
at The Oculus, the Aylesbury Vale District Council conference centre in Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury
Records of Bucks (volume 59) includes articles on newly-discovered Romanesque wall painting at St Mary’s Church, Old Linslade, the effects of the Wars of the Roses on Chesham, and Marlow’s medieval manor hall.
The Beacons of the Past – an early excavation opportunity
The Beacons of the Past project has received permission for its first community excavation, in the two weeks 9-20 September– and anyone is welcome to take part.The excavation will be in Burnham Beeches, on the southern edge of the Chilterns between Beaconsfield and Slough, where the outline of a ‘hillfort’ or settlement can been seen in medieval woodland.
To join, go to the enrolment form, where you can sign up for as many half-day excavation slots as you like (though if many people apply these may be rationed).
Beacons of the Past – Hillforts of the Chilterns Landscape (to give the project its full title) is being run by the Chilterns Conservation Board. Go to Beacons of the Past for full details. There will be many more future opportunities to get involved.
If you don’t want to dig, there will be a Free Open Day at the Burnham Beeches dig site on Saturday 14 September for anyone who goes along.
HS2 Archaeology – Discoveries from Year 2
is the title of the Bucks Archaeological Society’s
conference on Saturday 23 November in Winslow. The county’s biggest archaeological dig, on the route of the high-speed rail line, is turning up various unexpected settlements.
Marlow Archaeology, THURSDAY 12 September 2019 at 8pm Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD Anglo-Saxon Estates and Defences
Dr Ryan Lavelle– Reader in Early Medieval History, University of Winchester
Pay at the door: Members of MAS/AiM £3, Visitors £4.50, full-time students £1.50
Talk by Mike Farley, Bucks Archaeology from the Air, illustrated by many of his own photographs. 17th October, 8pm in the Garden Room at Liston Hall, Marlow SL7 1DD.
On Saturday 5th October, CBA South Midlands will be jointly hosting a conference to consider how recent work has advanced our understanding of the research questions that have been highlighted in the East Midlands Historic Environment Research Framework (EMHERF) – which, unlike the CBA, includes Northants! It will include demonstrations of… Continue reading