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 last meeting was on Wednesday 28th November, when Paul Barnett took us on a historical journey along the Sharpness canal, charting the fortunes of the county’s waterborne trade. We now take a Christmas break, and will resume on Wednesday 25th January. Ruth Iliffe, a long standing member, and currently our talks editor will talk to us about Gertrude Bell, archaeologist, historian, explorer, diplomat and maker of a nation. Great Ryburgh, Norfolk, first came to our attention with news of one of the names on the Church memorial. Archaeologists have now discovered rare Anglo-Saxon graves there, rare because the graves were wooden, and thus mostly decay, but these have been preserved in waterlogged ground.(most newspapers 16 November) REMEMBRANCE 1916 A letter in WGS asking about a name on the Church War Memorial reminds us to point new readers to our pages about these names, which start here We are very happy to receive more information, should you have it. The information produced from that one enquiry has required a new page to fit it all in See who died a century ago this month below 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 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. Watch this space to find out how you might volunteer. 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 December... ALFRED A KENT - Private 10/Glosters, aged 28 with a wife at 28 Castle Street, died of wounds on 7 December 1916 at Edgehill Casualty Clearing Station at Dernancourt on the Somme. THOMAS A WILKINS - Private 2/Glosters, died on 7 December 1916 near Lake Doiran in Salonika, now the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. At the outbreak of war 2/Glosters were on garrison duty in Tientsin, the British trading post in China. They had been recalled and landed in France shortly before Christmas 1914, and transferred to Salonika in November 1915. THOMAS was 28 and left a widow, Mabel, at Holmwood, Purley Road. 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.