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8 September 2012 is ‘Origins of Aylesbury' Day
5 June 2012

Have you ever wondered just how old is the town of Aylesbury?

Did Aylesbury ever have an iron-age or bronze-age hillfort, like several nearby hills in the Chilterns? Did the Roman Akeman Street pass Aylesbury by, and if so why? After the Romans left, how important was this 'burh' to the Anglo-Saxons? How close did the Viking invasions come to Aylesbury?

You'll find answers to some of these questions on 'Origins of Aylesbury' Day on Saturday 8 September, when there will be:

• An evening talk in St Mary’s Church on the Origins of Aylesbury by archaeologist Michael Farley.
• Free guided walks around the town on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Displays on the history of Aylesbury, past and present, in St Mary’s.
• Heritage Open Days organised by the Aylesbury Society.
• Special displays on the archaeology of Early Aylesbury at the County Museum in Church Street.

See our 'Origins of Aylesbury' Day for full details

Records of Bucks 2012 now out
5 June 2012

The 2012 volume of Records of Buckinghamshire was published in May. This is Volume 52 in the series and runs to 304 pages.

Its leading articles include:
• For palaeontologists, 'Discoveries of ice-age mammals in central and north Buckinghamshire', by Michael Farley.
• For those who prefer their archaeology a little younger, an excavation of a medieval settlement associated with Chicheley Hall, by Mark Phillips.
• For local historians, there’s 'The Barons of Twelfth-century Buckinghamshire', by Donald Matthew, and 'The Black Death in Chesham', by Dr Garry Marshall.
• If you’re into family history, 'The Goodalls of Dinton and Eton' is a posthumous article by Alan Dell.
• And for transport historians, there’s 'Bridges on the Turnpike Road from Wendover to Buckingham', by Sydney Eveleigh.

In short, there’s something for everyone.

• Members receive their copy of Records free each year. For non-members copies are £16.50, including postage. To get your copy, complete our New Publications Order Form and return it to us by post.

• For a full contents list, see the Records 52 page.

Old Handwriting Workshops NOW FULL
9 January 2012

The Society's series of 'Handwriting Workshops' for those tackling 16th and 17th-century 'secretary hand' have attracted a lot of interest. With 21 participants already signed up, and seven more expected to join, the series of four workshops is now full.

In fact the meeting place for the workshops has had to be changed: the workshops will now be held in the Learning Zone at the County Museum in Church Street, Aylesbury. The original room at the Centre for Bucks Studies is, sadly, not big enough.

The workshops offer help with deciphering those old documents, wills and parish records. The series will run on one morning a month for four Saturdays between January and April. Full details are at Old Handwriting Workshop 2012.

• If you are interested but have missed this opportunity, please let us know. If there is sufficient interest a second series may be run later in the year.
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