Historic document cataloging appeal

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.

If you have not yet donated we urge you to do so by clicking here.

If you are running a newsletter for a society please include this appeal in it or otherwise make your members aware of the appeal. Their help is needed to make this resource accessible to all.

See here for more details. Including adding gift aid and donating larger amounts.

BAS Saturday Lecture

Saturday June 13th  A 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 register here.

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 register 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.

Bucks Archaeological Society Summer Outings 2020

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

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.



Hs2 conference-on-the-web has audience of 200+

HS2 Conference online

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.

The online conference was recorded. We will try and bring you a link to it as soon as we can.