Cirencester Archaeological  and Historical Society The Regal: Picture Linda Walls A plaque saved by CAHS: see Projects: picture Florence Beetlestone
Established 1955 and still going strong
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Cirencester’s History and Archaeology There is an excellent summary of the Town’s history on the Town Council’s website  Local  bookshops and the Bingham Library will  yield more detail, as will our extensive  publications. The library has a list of books  about Cirencester, and a collection of local  material, but there are still subjects not  well covered, giving you plenty of scope for  exploration. A good starting bibliography, as well as good guide to the town is in:  CIRENCESTER A History and Guide, Jean  Welsford, 2nd Ed rev Alan Welsford 2010.  This is rumoured to be out of print but Alan  Welsford may be able to supply a copy. It is  available as an e-book for Kindle.  The Corinium Museum on Park Street  displays our past very well.    
Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. Do let us know if anything does not seem to work, or if you cannot find what you are looking for. We now have more pages, but differently arranged, so much of the previous information is still here. If you get lost there is now a sitemap, which can be found from all pages. News items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens. Our next meeting is our AGM followed by a talk on the sixties. AGM papers are being sent out if you did not collect them in April. Do please consider helping the Society by joining our committee. Ask any committee member how onerous it is! Many hands make light work.  
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Research Help There is a list of other local societies websites on our Sitemap Page. If you are keen to delve into some historical research you will find lists of Primary Sources and Secondary sources, with justification for these categories on the web pages of the County Society, Gloucestershire Local History  Society. This website has all sorts of other aids as well as lists of most societies in the County, whether or not they are members. Our own contacts page also contains useful advice. Breaking News... David Viner will be responsible for the Turnpikes input to the Victoria County of Gloucestershire volume for this area, which should encourage him to bring together our Society Members work in this area for publication (for which the Society received a grant from CDC some years ago).  
Entertainment / learning Help You can find links to various local and not quite so local museums on our Policies page. This list will change from time to time as there are many such organisations.  
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Major Bannatyne and his Memorial Staircase Simon Fielding of Rendcomb has provided detail of Major E J Bannatyne’s military career before his death in an aircraft training accident at Rendcomb airfield during the Great War. He is listed on the North Cerney War Memorial, although he was from Croom in Ireland.  More> The Oak staircase in Cirencester Memorial hospital is a memorial to him, provided by his family. We hear this week that the local plan proposes that the hospital site is used for housing. See CDC website for more information on the local plan. Simon has also suggestions about two of our “missing names”. If you can help solve these mysteries do contact us.  
Latest Addition to WW1 news - 13 Feb 2014
Everyman’s War The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham opens the World War 1 remembrance in the county with a celebration of the local war poet, Will Harvey.  
Have you time to spare this summer? Cotswold Archaeology is looking for volunteers to sort finds from Crickley Hill at its Kemble HQ (in the dry). Good experience for budding archaeologists.