Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical SocietyWe 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. Our major activity last season was the WW1 Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15 August to 14 September 2014, See the WW1 blogNews items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens.
Page last updated 31 January 2016
Commemorating The First World War16th August – 14th September 2014Corinium Museum, Park Street, CirencesterCirencester Historical and Archaeological Society illustrated the impact of the First World War on Cirencester and residents through this retrospective exhibition. If you visited the exhibition or not, do keep on sending in your family notes if your family had Cirencester connections during that period.Don’t forget that the Timeline in the Parish Church runs until 2018. See “A Century Ago...” below.
Cotswold Archaeology offers free e-booksAs part of its 25th anniversary, CA has made available a number of its publications that are now out of print for free download as photocopy pdf files. You can browse them, and paid-for publications on their website.The most notable might be “Cirencester- Town and Landscape”, 1994 by Tim Darvill & Chris Gerrard.Take a look at their 25 highlights while you are there. There are also job opportunities.
Latest WW1 Project News - 23 Nov 2015The Man not on any memorial?All the detailed biography pages of the names on Cirencester’s first world war pages are now released here.
Richard Reece, retired local antiquarian
has published a number of studies concerning the early church in Cirencester, the Tar Barrels and local hedges on the web recently.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 24th February 2016 at 7.30pm in Cirencester Parish Church when we join with the Civic Society and the Friends of Cirencester Church to hold the annual Croome Lecture. This Year Professor Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol will be talking on
A Century Ago...ARTHUR A LEWIS – Private 4/South Wales Borderers was one of the last men killed in action on Gallipoli, on 7 January 1916 when hours before the final secret evacuation the Turks attacked his Division at Cape Helles. ARTHUR had been born and enlisted in South Wales and his battalion was billeted in Cirencester in the winter of 1914-15. He left a widow at 114 Cricklade Street.1916 January 24: Parliament voted for the Military Service Act, introducing conscription.1916 February 21: Germans launched offensive “to bleed the French white” at Verdun; fighting around Verdun continued throughout 1916, the longest and costliest battle on the Western Front.Timeline written by Dale Hjort
From Thursday 4th February, the recently discovered tombstone from the former Bridges Garage site will be on display in the Corinium Museum. The inscription is easy to read. Work out the mystery for yourself! Complete Roman tombstones are rare in Britain. What a find under a car showroom.