The Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society (BAS) was founded in 1847 and is the senior body in the county in the fields of Archaeology, Architecture and Local History.
The Records of Buckinghamshire
Every member of the society receives a copy of the annual journal, Records of Buckinghamshire. The journal publishes reports of archaeological excavations, local and industrial history and all aspects of times past in Buckinghamshire.
The society’s library, containing a comprehensive collection of books and pamphlets on Buckinghamshire is housed in the museum. There are books and journals on local history, archaeology, natural history and architecture. Open to the public and to members by appointment. A valid readers ticket also entitles you to a 10% discount in the museum shop, and for special exhibition tickets.
The Newsletter and email notices
Spring and autumn newsletters are sent to all members. These and the regular eMail updates from our librarian contain information on winter lectures, summer outings, and all manner of history and archaeology events run both by the society and by other local organisations. Members are invited to contribute with articles for the Newsletter and items of interest for circulation by eMail.
During the Autumn and Winter the society presents a wide variety of talks at the County Museum on Saturday afternoons, and summer visits are organised to local historic sites, churches, houses and gardens. The programmes for 2017 are now set Click here for full details
Under the auspices of the Bucks Local History Network, a major one-day meeting is held each year in late September or early October with academic speakers and stalls from local history and archaeology societies.
The society also has active special-interest groups. For example our Active Archaeology Group surveys archaeological sites, organises evening meetings, runs visits to excavations, and puts members in touch with groups organising archaeological ‘digs’. Another group of members focuses on the impact that the HS2 high-speed rail line will have on the county’s historic and archaeological heritage.
Other recently active groups have focused on historic buildings, natural history, and the art of reading medieval documents.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, you can find full details and an application form on our website at http://www.bucksas.org.uk/membership.html