BAS Saturday Lecture

Saturday July 25th  Elizabethan Theatres – Recent discoveries in London
Speaker: Sandy Kidd, of Historic England
A guided tour of the excavations and research since 2000 that have revealed the London theatres of Shakespeare’s time.  Register for this On-line lecture Here.

Saturday August 15th  Amersham – Brewing in a Market Town
Speaker: Julian Hunt, BAS President
A investigation into the evolution of Brewing in a Buckinghamshire Market town.  Register for this On-line lecture 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 had planned four Summer Outings in 2020 to visit Hedgerley, Three Locks, Northampton and Brill before the imposition of the Covid-19 virus restrictions.  These have now prevented the first three outings going ahead in the form originally planned. Two have been replaced by on-line illustrated talks.

For full details and news about the BRILL OUTING, planned for Saturday 29 August and led by archaeologist Mike Farley,  click here

 

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.

BAS AAG Thursday evening meeting

Our Thursday monthly meetings have been postponed, due to COVID-19 precautions.  A new programme planned for September 2020 (see the Saturday lectures online)

See the full meeting schedule here.

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.

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.