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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. A recent major activity was the WW1 Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15 August to 14 September 2014,  See the WW1 blog News items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens.  
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Commemorating The First World War 16th August – 14th September 2014 Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester Cirencester Archaeological and Historical 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-books As 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 may also be job opportunities.  
Latest WW1 Project News - March 2016 The Man not on any memorial? By a stroke of timing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has started a project on war graves in local churchyards. All the detailed biography pages of the names on Cirencester’s first world war memorials are now released here.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies dies

Sir Peter died on 14 March 2016. He was music master at Cirencester Grammar School for three years from 1959. Were you there then? His methods were unconventional. He wrote “O Magnum Mysterium” for the school as well as “Five Klee Pieces”. This was his only schoolteaching post; he latterly was Master of the Queen’s Musick Telegraph Obituary This report produced a letter from PMD to Cirencester Junior School- see our Facebook page.

Gloucestershire Archives

If you wish to visit the archives, read this page about changes to their working times and practice first, to avoid a wasted journey.
Professor Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University is leading another summer dig at Sisters Barrow, Abbey Home Farm. He has arranged a private view for members at 6.30pm on 24th August. Find out about it here (This item has 5 pages), Warning: NO access via Organic shop or road to farmhouse. Follow guidance in leaflet. The Heritage Open Days leaflet produced by Cirencester Civic Society is now available here. Can you help steward buildings open to the public during Heritage Open Days? (9-11 Sep) If so, please contact our chairman, Aileen Anderson Our Summer Newsletter, bigger than before, has now been mailed out to members. Contents are listed in publications and the new programme is now on line. Our last meeting of the season was our AGM and a talk on Highwaymen of Gloucestershire by John Putley, held in April. The new season starts in September, and will have more meetings, with the upcoming “Abbey 900” commemorations. As Abbey 900 is coming up, we have a page showing some of what members have written and done over the years, about the Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary, starting from almost our first year, and ending with a cautionary tale! Do keep revisiting us, or watch our Facebook page during the summer for information on what else you can do. All last season’s lectures are reviewed online on the Reports Page. An addition to the republication of Newsletter articles is one about Wiggold Aerodrome by Philip Griffiths. David Viner’s Obelisk is now a web page rather than a pdf, with a note on recent change to the area. We intend to republish all the pages that are currently in pdf form, as it makes additions of pictures and editing easier. This will take some time! The latest [and possibly last!] County Newsletter is here. Do read it for the testament of youth. If you have tidbits for facebook contact the webmaster, who can give you direct access to the page. All copies of the History Reports issued by GRCC History Committee, now defunct, have been put on line by the successor organisation GLHA. There are several articles by members. Find them at
A Century Ago... 1916 August... WALTER J ELDRDIGE had served in India and South Africa with the Welsh Regiment and then became a miner in the Nottinghamshire coal fields. He had been wounded at Gallipoli and was killed as a Sergeant with 10/Sherwood Foresters on 8 August 1916. THOMAS W DRUETT - Corporal 10/Gloster was killed on 16 August 1916 REGINALD STEPHEN GILES - Private 1/Glosters was killed on 20 August 1916. His parents Stephen and Fanny lived at 30 Lewis Lane CHARLES GIBBONS - Lance Corporal 1/5 Glosters was wounded on 7 July and evacuated home but died of his wounds on 21 August 1916. CHARLES is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. He was son of Charles and Mary of  20 Cricklade Street. His brother ALFRED was killed in action only three weeks later. THOMAS COX - Private 1/Glosters, aged 21, son of G W and J Cox of 24 Chester Street, was killed on 22 August 1916; EDWARD TIMBRELL - Private 1/6 Glosters died of wounds on 25 August 1916; HOWARD PRESTON SHILL - Private C Company 13/Glosters - the “Forest of Dean Pioneers” - died of wounds on 26 August 1916. He was 19 years old and son of Richard & Louisa Ellen 142 Kemble, who were to lose another son after the Armistice. ALAN JOHN TRINDER had enlisted in August 1914 in 5/Glosters and had been awarded the Military Medal. His parents William and Leticia Emily lived in Querns Hill. ALAN was killed on 27 August 1916. He is commemorated in Cirencester Cemetery. EVAN O. R. MAY - Private 10/Glosters died on 31 August 1916. 1916 September 2 - First “Zeppelin” shot down over Britain by Lt Leefe Robinson [who had trained at Chedworth]. Timeline written by Dale Hjort
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If you got this far down , you must be keen.  Attached are some recent newsletters from Avon Local History Association. Their editor has a wicked wit, even if you are not a Bristolian. Do give them a try! Several good ideas for your own articles. ALHA January 2016 ALHA February 2016 ALHA April 2016
Know Your Place West is underway. Do keep following it, as it will cover Gloucestershire one day. If you have an interest in Bristol or South Gloucs. then the maps are up and running. The headline map to several introductory pages is of Somerford Keynes. By chance a copy of this map was presented to the village last year!