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 24 November 2015
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.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 25th November when John Looseley will be talking about what allotments did for our forefathers.Our new season programme is now available. This, and the latest newsletter have now been posted to members.
We held a recruitment drive at the Society’s Fair in Bingham House over lunchtime on Thursday 24th September. About a dozen local organisations took part. One new face joined us in October! Thanks to all who helped mount the display, which was almost the largest in the room.
A Century Ago...Ooops... The last excerpt was accidentally from 1914, not 1915No locals were reported killed in November or December 1915, but one local man died in Seaford Military Hospital on 10th November. See the blog entry above. Over 250 wounded men died of their injuries in that hospital.1915 October 19: Edward Handy, tenant farmer at Manor Farm, North Cerney, received notice that Government intended to take over his farm. The land is to become Rendcomb Aerodrome.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.