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Gloucester Cathedral Archaeological Reports
Gloucester Cathedral has had an archaeological consultant since 1983. The reports which result from archaeological interventions, including observation of masonry repairs, have seldom been formally published but are retained in the archaeological archive at the cathedral. Copies are in the Cathedral library and have also been deposited in Gloucestershire Archives and with the Heritage Environment Record at Gloucester Museum. The reports are prefi...
A fairly brief history
The Society was founded in 1876, putting it in the middle range of the many ‘county’ societies set up in the Victorian era. The following outline chronology notes some of the key dates and events – illustrating both continuity and change. 1840s – First attempts to found a county archaeological society fail to take root 1875 – Local antiquarians and people interested in building conservation invite Dr John Beddoe FRS to convene a provisional commi...
This listing of grants made by the Society over the last ten years will give you an idea of the great range of research and practical work we have supported. 2020 Grant paid to University of Gloucestershire for a prize to encourage undergraduate work in history Grant paid to Slimbridge Local History Society towards geophysical investigations Series of grants paid to Crickley Hill Archaeological trust towards digitisation of investigation records...
Report of the BGAS Annual General Meeting for 2022
The 145th Annual General Meeting was held online on Saturday 23 April 2022. Fifty-six members were present. The meeting was opened by the General Secretary, who welcomed members to the AGM. Before the start of the formal business Dr Barton reported the results of a consultative ballot all members had been invited to participate in prior to the meeting. President for 2021-22, Mr Michael Hare, then took the chair and invited the Honorary General Se...
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Search the Gazetteer This is an online version of Volume 9 of the Gloucestershire Record Series, published in 1997. It’s an historical A-Z of some 3,000 street- and place-names in the present borough of Cheltenham, from Saxon times to the end of the twentieth century. There has been some updating and correction of entries since the print edition. The Society is greatly indebted to Dr Ray Wilson for producing this searchable online version. From t...
The following images represent all the recorded royal arms in churches in Bristol and Gloucestershire. If anyone knows of royal arms not included here, we would be delighted to hear from them. Abson St James Acton Turville St Mary Alderley St Kenelm Almondsbury St Mary Alveston St Helen Ashchurch St Nicholas Ashleworth SS Andrew and Batholomew Aylburton St Mary Barrington, Little St Peter Beckford St John the Baptist Bisley All Saints Bitton St M...
Older Record publications ("the Green Series")
Between 1952 and 1985, the Record Section of BGAS issued 13 editions of Bristol and Gloucestershire records and related material, along with a one-off joint production with the Bristol Record Society in 1988. They are all now out of print, but can generally be found on second-hand book sites. The content of these books remains of value, so we have scanned all titles as searchable pdfs. Here is a checklist for the whole series, with pdf downloads...
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Sir Harry Preston was a Brighton businessman and sportsman. In the 1920s and 30s, he made the Royal Albion Hotel into the town’s most fashionable place to stay and sponsored the first ‘Motor Race Week’ on the sea-front. Born in 1860 of “poor but honest parents in London” (he was actually born in Cheltenham) Sir Harry Preston reportedly said he entered the hotel trade in Ramsgate and by 1900 was running The Royal Hotel in Bournemouth. In the early...
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Alan Ball Awards 2020: congratulations Record Series!
Since 1986, the Local Studies Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals/Library Services Trust has given annual awards to recognise outstanding contributions in local history publishing. There are currently three awards – for hard copy, digital and community publications. The Award is named after Alan Ball, the former Chief Librarian of the London Borough of Harrow, whose publications include a number of books on t...
Transactions: latest reviews
There’s sometimes an unavoidable delay between our receiving book reviews, and their formal publication in the next issue of the Transactions. We therefore post selected items here, to give readers an early sight of them. The reviews are in order of the most recent. John Bryant, Excavations at Minster House, Bristol, 1992, (BAR British Series, 669, 2021) – review by Joseph Bettey Timothy Darvill, Andrew David, Seren Griffiths, Jonathan Hart, Heat...
We believe in putting as much as we can in the public domain, but to keep on doing this, we need practical support – this means your involvement. Free is good, but joining is so much better! Become a member, and enjoy these benefits* The latest Transactions, delivered to your door each spring, full of the latest research on the history and archaeology of our area Community and contacts: opportunities to share and learn with more than 500 other me...
Safeguarding Children and Young People and Vulnerable Adults Policy, July 2019 BGAS promotes the study of the history and archaeology of Bristol and Gloucestershire and supports the conservation of the historic environment. This may occasionally include direct services or support for children, young people or vulnerable adults and BGAS recognises that safeguarding these members of society is everyone’s business and that all may become vulnerable...
Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire
Technically a standalone body, but for many years closely associated with BGAS, the role of CAG is to promote archaeology in all its aspects, with special reference to Bristol and Gloucestershire. It does this primarily by bringing together representatives of the organisations directly involved with archaeological work in the county, both professional and independent. Areas of Concern The aspects of archaeology that concern CAG include: How infor...
Volume 35 - 'The Gloucestershire Court of Sewers'
The Gloucestershire Court of Sewers held jurisdiction over the maintenance of sea walls and watercourses (sewers) on low-lying coastal land along the Severn. The survival of a sewer court’s records from this early date, and in such detail, is very rare, and this edition thus has national importance. The remarkable flood of January 1607 was just one event in a perennial battle with the powerful tidal waters of the Severn. The burden of sea defence...
Gloucestershire Record Series - full list of titles
All Volumes Published since 1988 For earlier ‘Record section’ titles (green covers) see here. * = Out of Print / Unavailable. Five volumes out of the first ten have been scanned and are available here as downloads (note: larger volumes are split into two or more pdfs, to keep file sizes manageable). We are hoping to put the remaining older volumes online as searchable pdfs in the course of 2022. Transportees from Gloucestershire to Australia, 178...
Data Processing Policy
BGAS Members BGAS holds the following personal data for each of its members, being name, honours, awards and titles, address and (where provided) telephone number and email address; state of subscription, whether gift aided, and any arrears; category of membership and whether member of BGAS Record Series; and other information relevant to or connected with the individual’s membership, including necessary financial information from those electing...
Victoria County History of Gloucestershire
The VCH’s ‘Big Red Books’ Ever since the VCH – the ‘greatest publishing project in English Local History’ – got under way in Gloucestershire in the early 1900s, BGAS has followed its progress with keen interest, and there have always been many personal links between the VCH and this Society. When in 2010 local public funding for the Victoria County History came to an end, individual BGAS members were heavily involved in the setting up of the Glo...
Archaeological Societies and Related Bodies
Intro Code numbers (1-4) are used to indicate areas of expertise where 1 = fieldwork, 2 = excavation, 3 = artifacts and 4 = publication Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Stonehatch, Oakridge Lynch, Stroud, Glos GL6 7NR 01452 302610 John Loosley www.bgas.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org General 4 Bristol & Avon Archaeological Society 14 Goldney Road Bristol BS8 4RB 0117 9620161 Gundula Dorey www.digitalbristol.org/members/baas G...
County and City Archaeology Services
Intro Code numbers (1-4) are used to indicate areas of expertise where 1 = fieldwork, 2 = excavation, 3 = artifacts and 4 = publication Gloucestershire County Council Archaeology Service Environment Dept. Shire Hall Gloucester GL1 2TH 01452 425683 Toby Catchpole www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archaeology email@example.com Finds Liasion Officer: Kurt Adams firstname.lastname@example.org 01452 425705 Will identify and record arch...
Museums and National Groups
Intro Code numbers (1-4) are used to indicate areas of expertise where 1 = fieldwork, 2 = excavation, 3 = artifacts and 4 = publication Bristol Museums Queens Road Bristol BS8 1RL 0117 9223571 www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/museums-and-galleries email@example.com General 3, 4 Chedworth Roman Villa National Trust Chedworth Roman Villa Yanworth Cheltenham GL54 3LJ 01242 890256 01242 890544 www.nationaltrust.org.uk chedworth...
BGAS supports conservation of Roman stonework
...Helped by a grant from BGAS, recently discovered stonework at St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester, has now been professionally conserved. Andrew Armstrong, city archaeologist, tells the story in this short video....
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