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 29 May 2016
Commemorating The First World War16th August – 14th September 2014Corinium Museum, Park Street, CirencesterCirencester 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-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 may also be job opportunities.
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 MusickTelegraph ObituaryThis report produced a letter from PMD to Cirencester Junior School- see our Facebook page.
If you wish to visit the archives, read this page about changes to their working times and practice first, to avoid a wasted journey. (new for June!)
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 will start in September, and will likely have more meetings, with the upcoming “Abbey 900” commemorations. Do keep revisiting us, or watch our Facebook page during the summer for information on what else you can do.We now have reports of lectures up to April this year online on the Reports Page. An addition to the republication of Newsletter articles is one about Wiggold Aerodrome by Philip Griffiths. Wiggold will again be studied by Bournemouth University this summer. Look out for the opportunity to see the dig.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.
A Century Ago...ARTHUR LYONS served at Aldershot as Driver with a horse transport Company and died on 14 May 1916.ALFRED JAMES PANTOLL was Staff Sergeant Major at the Headquarters of 16th [Irish] Division at Bethune, a French town within range of German heavy artillery, when he died of wounds on 22 May 1916, aged 25. His father Samuel James Pantoll was recruiting Sergeant at Cirencester Barracks at the outbreak of war.GEORGE SEYMOUR KILBY - Private Royal Gloucestershire Hussars died in Mesopotamia on 22 May 1916;ARTHUR GEORGE HUTCHINGS - Sergeant 10 Brigade Royal Horse Artillery, husband of Florence of 18 Gloucester Street, died in Mesopotamia on 28 May 1916, the first gunner from Cirencester to die.SIDNEY RATCLIFF died of heat stroke in the Sudan on 4 June 1916. He had served for twelve years in the Scots Guards and was recalled from the Special reserve to serve as S RATCLIFFE in the Garrison Battalion of the Royal Warwickshires. He lived in Stepstairs Lane and left a wife and children.1916 May 31-June 1: Battle of Jutland - nearly one hundred ships of the Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet clashed in the North Sea. The Royal Navy losses were greater but the High Seas Fleet returned into harbour for the remainder of the war.WILLIAM PEACHEY, Stoker RNR died when his armoured cruiser H M S Black Prince was sunk fighting alone against five heavier battleships;ERNEST TIMBRELL, Stoker First Class, was in the battle cruiser H M S Indefatigablewhich was blown up in the opening stages of the battle. Ernest’s cartoon showing him on board and dreaming of home had been used to raise money for Ciceter Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Comforts Fund. Timeline written by Dale Hjort
The recently discovered tombstone from the former Bridges Garage site is now 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!The Saxon stone stolen from All Saints Church Somerford Keynes, later recovered together with many other church artefacts from across the country, is now in the safekeeping of Corinium Museum. It is expected that it will be displayed in a new saxon section. Story
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 2016ALHA February 2016ALHA 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!