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 June 13thA walk around Hedgerley, featuring the Old Quaker House and the lost mansion. Led by: Julian Hunt This lecture will be held online using Zoom meeting.
If you want to participate in this virtual walk, please registerhere.
Saturday June 27th The historic buildings of the Ffestiniog Railway. Speaker: Bob Zeepvat This lecture will be held online using Zoom meeting.
If you want to be invited to this online lecture, please registerhere.
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 has planned Summer Outings in 2020 to visit Hedgerley, Three Locks, Northampton and Brill.
The HEDGERLEY OUTING will not now run because of the continuing Covid-19 virus restrictions. In its place on 13 June Julian Hunt will give an on-line talk and presentation about the history of the village – click here to Register for this.
Saxon palace excavation
This year’s summer outings were planned and agreed before the Coronavirus epidemic started. The earliest is two months away in mid-June, the latest not till the end of August. This is in the hope that social-distancing restrictions may be lifted, allowing some outings to go ahead.
A decision to cancel or go ahead will be made one month ahead of each outing. Until then please book your place but send no payment. If cancelled, the society plans to run a ‘virtual on-line tour’ instead – a talk and presentation that will be viewable from home over the web.
Two hundred people signed into the society’s first Conference-on-the-Web on Saturday 4 April. They heard and watched new archaeological discoveries across Buckinghamshire ahead of the construction of the HS2 high-speed rail line. They were all sitting safely in their own homes.
The speakers told of a Saxon longhouse excavated at Great Missenden, what appears to be a ceremonial circle on the route through the Chiltern escarpment at Wendover, Roman farm buildings in the Colne Valley, and a Saxon ‘sunken-floor’ building at Chetwode.
The on-line conference was a joint effort between the Bucks Archaeological Society and Fusion, who are the main archaeological contractors for HS2. Fusion provided the speakers and organised the ‘webinar’ technology which delivered the four-hour conference into people’s homes. Applause is difficult to project on-line, but a stream of email messages followed the end of the conference complimenting the speakers and the organisers.
The society’s members led the way by assessing the impact of HS2 on the county’s archaeology as soon as the HS2 project was announced in 2010.