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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. Our major activity  last season 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 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-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 pages 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 note about changes to their working practice first, to avoid a wasted journey.  
Looking for the article about Percy Geyton? It has moved to the Detailed Biography pages.
We follow Cotswold Archaeology’s Annual Mick Aston Lecture, the story of the King under the Car Park  with our April meeting on 27 April. For the last two years we have been amazed by the students of Cirencester College and their description of their own archaeological discoveries. Do come and hear what the latest students have unearthed. We now have reports of lectures up to February this year online on the Reports Page
A Century Ago... 1916 April 5: Battle of Kut - third and final attempt to relieve an Anglo-Indian force besieged in Kut since December 1915. From November 1914 they had been in Mesopotamia [modern Iraq] to protect the oil fields and attack the Turkish armies defending Baghdad. The Kut garrison finally surrendered on 29 April 1916 - HERBERT GARDENER, Private 5/Wiltshires, was killed in Mesopotamia on 9 April 1916, JESSE WITTS, Private 7/Glosters on 19 April 1916, and … WALTER STOCKWELL Private 7/Glosters on 25 April 1916. All three had enlisted in New Army battalions early in the war and had fought at Gallipoli. MICHAEL HUGH, VISCOUNT QUENINGTON, Lieutenant Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, was wounded at the battle of Sannaiyat and evacuated to Cairo where he died on 23 April 1916. He is buried there with his wife who died whilst working as a volunteer nurse. He was 39 and Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury. FRANK MOSS - Private Somerset Light Infantry died whilst in training on 11 April 1916 aged 33. Timeline written by Dale Hjort
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Bodicacia Headstone at Corinium Museum

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 two 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
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!