SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4, Afternoon OUTING TO AYLESBURY HILL FORT AND HISTORIC CENTRE
A guided tour of Aylesbury’s hill fort, historic buildings of the county museum and St Mary’s, its former minster church, led by archaeologist Mike Farley and former museum curator Sarah Gray. We plan for this outing to be in person but will change to a Zoom meeting if needed to meet Covid rules.
Buckinghamshire Artists Speaker Sarah Gray BAS Hon Librarian Depictions of the County’s people and places from the nationally known – van Dyck for Lord Wharton at Wooburn – to the recent artists who have lived in Buckinghamshire.
Register now for this online lectureHere (We will email the Zoom meeting invitation to you).
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 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 programme will start again in October 2021, hopefully in the Museum , with the session streamed on Zoom for those that cannot get to the Museum.
• 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.
The new County Council have launched the long awaited update to the online Heritage Portal for Buckinghamshire. The new online service has a current search engine and is linked directly to the HER database – so new entries are available via the portal immediately.
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.