University of Cambridge reveals ‘changing face of UK’ in aerial photos

A news item from the BBC:

A collection of aerial photographs described as the “historical Google Earth” has been made available online by the University of Cambridge. RAF pilots were asked to capture the bomb-scarred post-war period to the emergence of motorways and new cities. The collection dates back to 1945, with more recent images captured in 2009 for a university project. The first 1500 images of 0.5million are now available on the Cambridge Digital Library   including this one of Dorchester on Thames in 1948.

Thurs. 14 March – THE ANGLO-SAXONS OF THE UPPER THAMES: dress and identity

Dr Toby Martin

Lecturer in Early Medieval Archaeology, IoA, University of Oxford


Thursday 14 March 2019 at 8pm


Liston Road, Marlow  SL7 1DD


During the 5th and 6th centuries, the Upper Thames went from being a late Roman complex of villages, villas and towns, becoming a simpler agricultural landscape dotted with small rural hamlets. In economic terms, therefore, the situation became greatly simplified.  In terms of politics and identity, however, the situation became highly complex, with later historical sources recording the violent progress of West Saxons through native Romano-British communities.

Poster at this link: MAS poster A-S of Upper Thames March 14 2019

This talk will attempt to separate fact from fiction by looking at how the people we call Anglo-Saxons living this in region dressed, focusing primarily on the jewellery worn by women,  and what this might tell us about how they thought about themselves and their relationships with far-flung and local communities.


PLEASE PAY AT THE DOOR:  Visitors: £4.50    Members MAS/AiM £3     Students £1.50
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Bucks Gardens Trust talk – Dr Gill Clarke on Stanley Spencer – Saturday 30 March

Just a reminder of Dr Gill Clarke’s talk on Stanley Spencer, to be given to the Bucks Gardens Trust on Saturday 30 March at the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury, starting at 2.30pm with tea to follow.


If you have not already booked, but would like to come, please could you be kind enough to let me know:


The cost of the talk is £12 for Bucks Gardens Trust members with £14 for guests, to include tea.

Bucks Gardens Trust talk – Saturday 23 February

A reminder of our Bucks Gardens Trust talk on Saturday 23 February to be given by Richard Mawrey QC on, ‘The Phantom of the Trianon’.

The talk will be held at the Bucks County Museum starting at 2.30pm with tea to follow at a cost of: £12 for members and £14 for guests.

Regarding Richard Mawrey’s talk: in 1911, Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain published a book entitled An Adventure under the names of Elizabeth Morison and Frances Lamont. Their book describes a visit they made to the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles where they claimed to have seen the gardens as they had been in the late eighteenth century as well as ghosts, including Marie Antoinette and others. Their story caused a sensation and was subject to much ridicule.

A garden that is haunted, not only by the ghosts of its inhabitants but also by the spectre of its former landscape, must be unique. How fitting that this garden should be the most famous in Europe – Versailles.

If you would like to attend, please could you be kind enough to contact Rosemary Jury at : or 01296 715491.

BAS lecture on Saturday, 9 March, at 2.30pm in the Bucks County Museum

The next BAS lecture will be on Saturday, 9 March, at 2.30pm in the Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, when Gareth Chaffey of Wessex Archaeology will be speaking on:

Extracting the Past: early settlement and monuments in the Middle Thames Valley.

This talk will focus on the Wessex Archaeology excavations at three quarries, namely Kingsmead Quarry, Langley and Riding Court Farm and the extraordinary early prehistoric archaeology  from each site including Neolithic houses and a causewayed enclosure.


Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, which is free to members and non-members of the Society.

Wingrave with Rowsham Heritage Association next talk Friday 22 February

Wingrave with Rowsham Heritage Association is pleased to present an illustrated talk on Aspects of the history of local canals, namely the Wendover Arm and Grand Union Canal on Friday 22nd February at 7.30pm in Wingrave Community Centre.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Entrance is free to members of the Association, but there is a fee of £4 for visitors. The Bar will be open.

Our Speaker is Doug Stuckey, the Secretary of the Bucks Archaeological Society and a member of the Society’s Active Archaeological Group.
Recent projects by the Group have included excavation and survey surveys of the former Whitehouses Pumping Station on the Wendover Arm and the former steam-generating boiler house at the Three Locks on the Grand Union Canal. Doug’s talk is a must for anyone interested in industrial archaeology, but it is also highly recommended to those who enjoy walking local towpaths or navigating the canals.

Historical Association – Buckinghamshire Branch, 20 February

The Buckinghamshire Branch of the Historical Association meets again next Wednesday, 20 February, at 8pm, when the Reverend Douglas Dales will be speaking on ‘Pastor Pastorum’: the Papacy of St Gregory the Great.

Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Rickfords Hill, Aylesbury HP20 2RT.

Everyone welcome: admission charge of £3 to non-members of the Historical Association.

More information on the Branch may be found at their website:

How Woughton kept its Green – Talk 9th Febuary

The next BAS lecture – open to all and at no charge – will be on Saturday 9th at 2.30pm in the Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP. Julian Hunt will now talk on How Woughton kept its Green:  the story of the ancient village green at Woughton on the Green which survived Parliamentary enclosure, the construction of the Grand Junction Canal and the creation of the New City of Milton Keynes. This talk is a prelude to a proposed BAS summer visit to Woughton when we will inspect the house platforms, sunken lanes and ridge and furrow in and around the Green as well as visiting the church and the remaining timber-framed farmhouses.

Bucks Archaeological Society Library team, County Museum, Church Street Aylesbury HP20 2QP, Tel. 01296 397200

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The Library is open to researchers each Wednesday 10am – 4pm. Do drop in but it would be helpful if you could make an appointment so that we can prepare for your visit. Please ring (Wednesdays or voicemail other days) or email to make an appointment.