Established 1955 and still going strong
Welcome to CAHS
Cirencester’s History and Archaeology
There is an excellent summary of the Town’s
history on the Town Council’s website Local
bookshops and the Bingham Library will
yield more detail, as will our extensive
publications. The library has a list of books
about Cirencester, and a collection of local
material, but there are still subjects not
well covered, giving you plenty of scope for
exploration. A good starting bibliography, as
well as good guide to the town is in:
CIRENCESTER A History and Guide, Jean
Welsford, 2nd Ed rev Alan Welsford 2010.
This is rumoured to be out of print but Alan
Welsford may be able to supply a copy. It is
available as an e-book for Kindle.
The Corinium Museum on Park Street
displays our past very well.
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.
Do let us know if anything does not seem to work, or
if you cannot find what you are looking for. We now
have more pages, but differently arranged, so much
of the previous information is still here. If you get
lost there is now a sitemap, which can be found
from all pages.
News items will usually be on this page. Feel free to
hover over and click any picture to see what
Our next meeting is our AGM followed by a talk on
the sixties. AGM papers are being sent out if you did
not collect them in April. Do please consider helping
the Society by joining our committee. Ask any
committee member how onerous it is! Many hands
make light work.
Page last updated 24 April 2014
There is a list of other local societies websites on
our Sitemap Page. If you are keen to delve into
some historical research you will find lists of
Primary Sources and Secondary sources, with
justification for these categories on the web pages
of the County Society, Gloucestershire Local History
Society. This website has all sorts of other aids as
well as lists of most societies in the County, whether
or not they are members.
Our own contacts page also contains useful advice.
David Viner will be responsible for the Turnpikes
input to the Victoria County of Gloucestershire
volume for this area, which should encourage him to
bring together our Society Members work in this
area for publication (for which the Society received
a grant from CDC some years ago).
Entertainment / learning Help
You can find links to various local and not
quite so local museums on our Policies page.
This list will change from time to time as
there are many such organisations.
Major Bannatyne and his Memorial
Simon Fielding of Rendcomb has provided detail of
Major E J Bannatyne’s military career before his
death in an aircraft training accident at Rendcomb
airfield during the Great War. He is listed on the
North Cerney War Memorial, although he was from
Croom in Ireland. More>
The Oak staircase in Cirencester Memorial hospital is
a memorial to him, provided by his family. We hear
this week that the local plan proposes that the
hospital site is used for housing. See CDC website for
more information on the local plan.
Simon has also suggestions about two of our “missing
names”. If you can help solve these mysteries do
Latest Addition to WW1 news - 13 Feb 2014
The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham opens
the World War 1 remembrance in the county
with a celebration of the local war poet,
Have you time to spare this
Cotswold Archaeology is looking for
volunteers to sort finds from Crickley Hill at
its Kemble HQ (in the dry). Good experience
for budding archaeologists.