Cirencester Archaeological  and Historical Society The Regal: Picture Linda Walls A plaque saved by CAHS: see Projects: picture Florence Beetlestone
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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. This website has over 50 pages. Have you really looked around!  
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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.  
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 Music 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.
Our new season has begun with cracking talk by David Jacques FSA  about the oldest human settlements found in the area. David revealed to us first the news that hit the papers and TV on the 7th October. If you missed it, look out for a report in the WGS. Our next meeting is on 26th October with a talk about what happened here after the Romans. Subscriptions are now due if you do not have a standing order (over 150 members do, it saves hunting for money as you are rushing out to the meeting!) Guests are welcome to try us out for only £3. See you all at our October meeting! See the Memorial Hospital note below

Gloucestershire Archives

The Archives invite all to a dropin session in their building in Gloucester. See our Facebook page for detail

Black Jack

You've probably seen in the press over the last year or so that there are plans to reinstate the statues of John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary in the niches on the Cirencester parish church tower. The public consultation mentioned before is now cancelled. It is unlikley to happen before the year end for bureaucratic reasons. Our Summer Newsletter, bigger than before, has now been mailed out to members. Contents are listed in publications and the programme is now on line. 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! A new inclusion is a copy of Alan Welsford’s recent letter on why Abbey900 is worthwhile. Do keep revisiting us, or watch our Facebook page. 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 October... MACDONALD WARRINER BROWN - Captain 17/Manchesters, was killed in action on 12 October 1916 during the battle of Le Transloy. He was 26, son of a clergyman and husband of Jean, who lived in Guildford. JAC T HEYWOOD is thought to have been JOHN THOMAS HEYWOOD, 20 year old Private in 2/Lancashire Fusiliers, whose mother Dorothy lived in Colne, Lancashire. JAC was killed on 12 October 1916. Timeline written by Dale Hjort
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!
The Cirencester Memorial Hospital in September 2016
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) holds the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It is looking very dilapidated now as CDC has been wanting to knock it down for years. Do you think it should be saved? Click the picture to read David Viner’s notes on the Hospital and the Staircase.