Cirencester Archaeological and Historical Society

Our latest talk was given by Martin Graebe  about Alfred Williams
and the Folk Songs of the Upper Thames.  

Like all our talks this was presented at the Ashcroft Church, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester GL7 1RA  

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We also held our Annual General Meeting before the talk which covered  one or two administrative issues such as the proposed new society rules that can be viewed here. 

Lunch in the Park this year had a strong focus on World War II brought about by the recent 80th anniversary of the D Day Landings on the 6th June 1944.

Huge thanks to Sue and Alan Strickland for compiling all the local information and creating the display including Anne’s apron and headscarf! The display also included documents and artifacts from around that time such as  maps, photographs, posters and a selection of artifacts to guess their purpose. 

The stars of the display were Sue Strickland and our Chairlady Anne Buffoni  both wearing period costume and beaming smiles!!

Photograph Credit Alan Strickland. 


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There is much to explore on this site.  See Projects, Places to Visit and Publications. If we have your email address, we can send you items of interest from time to time, including occasional  meetings of sister societies.


The demolition and rebuilding of flats off The Avenue, Cirencester, brought an article in our Newsletter 49 of 2009 on public art to the fore. The planning assessment shows much archaeology under the site, believed to be the original Roman town centre. The site has now been rebuilt.


Gloucestershire Archives are always keen to hear about any old documents, maps etc that are coming up for sale by auction in order to bring them to public access. Sometimes they are able to raise money to buy them for the archives before auctions push the price up. Claire Collins is Head of Collections and can be contacted by anyone with any information.


We are still receiving updates and enquiries about our information on those who died and even survived World War I. If you have more information than we have published about any of the people on the Cirencester monuments, do drop us a note.


Know Your Place West now has mapping for Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Maps from about 1840 to date can be compared and after moderation you can add historical information. Do watch the video to see how to use it! Have fun! Tithe maps have been added where they exist.