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.
Our Conference will be Going ahead – on the web! Saturday 4 April starting 1.30pm, on a screen in your home.
This Conference has finished. It was recorded and we hope to be able to post a link to the recording when it is available.
You will be able to hear HS2’s archaeologists describe the most recent finds from their excavation sites along the route of the planned high-speed rail line across Buckinghamshire and into Warwickshire.
They will tell of new discoveries from the middle stone Age, of Roman settlements in North Buckinghamshire, an Anglo-Saxon hall in the Chilterns, medieval Burials in Aylesbury Vale and the Battle of Edgcote in 1469.
The afternoon programme Click here will include a short tea break, for home refreshment. So set aside the afternoon of Saturday 4 April for our HS2 Archaeology Conference-on-the Web.
• 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.
Hedgerley: a South Buckinghamshire village. Speaker: Julian Hunt
A historical review of this village.
From March 19th The County Museum is closed for at least 14 days, as part of CORVID-19 precautions. This meeting may not go ahead. Please watch this notice for updates.
Our lectures are free and 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.