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Astons History Group

Our Publications and Past Exhibitions:


Our latest publication - to mark our 25th anniversary - priced at £5:

"An Astons journal: the 'diary' of Stephen Elliott and Tom Powell. 1885-1984." (2019). A fascinating, annotated transcript of this window into village life during a century of great changes - with many photos and images from our archive.

The following booklets are priced at £2 each:

Aston Tirrold & Upthorpe: a history.” By Lucy Fuller. (1921). A fascinating record of village life, given as a talk to the Astons Women's Institute. An Astons History Group reprint. 2005.

 “Aston Tirrold & Aston Upthorpe -  history and walkabout.” (2019). Road by road, house by house. An invaluable guide to our beautiful villages.

 “Sir John Leigh Hoskyns’ : Rector of St.Michael’s Church Aston Tirrold. 1846 to 1911.” by Vivien Biggs.  (2006). The life of a Victorian rector whose 60 year tenure saw many changes in village life.

 “Sir John Leigh Hoskyns’ Diary of a village.” (extracts, selected by Vivien Biggs).  (2000).

 “The Stockwell Players.”  by  Robin Sewell. (2000)An drama group who performed outdoor productions for nearly thirty years, with early appearances by Prunella Scales and Alan Bates. Fore-runner of the Blewbury Players.

Our 2014-2018 WW1 project "We will remember them."

The following booklets are priced at £4 each.

  •            Wee Joe: From Galloway to Flanders Fields.
  •            Astons fallen soldiers. (our 16 village soldiers)
  •            The Astons Home Front: the role of women during WW1.

Our Past Exhibitions:

Our (first) exhibition in 1997 to mark the rec's centenary
         Our 2000 exhibition to mark the Millennium

Art in the Astons, part of the 2010 Garden Safari Weekend

Our November 2018 WW1 exhibition.

Celebrating the centenary of the Armistice and end of war November 11th 2018.


2019 "Our 25th Anniversary Exhibition - 1994-2019"

An 'illustrative' exhibition to mark the completion of the Whitwell-Page Archive Room project.

2018 "We will remember them:" Armistice and end of WW1.

2014 "We will remember them:" Centenary of the start of WW1. 

(Our two English Heritage Lottery funded exhibition weekends remembering the impact of the First World War on our villages).

2011 "Our History Group Archive"

  • The Curry Slides, a display and digital presentation, plus the original glass lantern slides from the 1890s
  • The Village Millennium Photo Albums.
  • The Village News Archive (1968 - to date, and including the setting up of the village website
  • The Slade Letters (19th century correspondence between Australia and the Astons).

2010 "Art in the Astons" 

An exhibition of village art dating from the 18th to the 21st century – mostly on loan from village residents.

2004 "The Astons through the ages"

A village history exhibition, to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary (1944) and Ruby Anniversary (2004) of the Village Hall.

2001 "The Village Hall Re-opens"

An exhibition in collaboration with the Village Hall committee to celebrate the re-opening of the refurbished Village Hall.

2000 "Millennium Exhibition" 

An ambitious comprehensive display of the Group’s Archive as part of the villages’ Millennium Celebrations.

1997  “Now and Then : 1897 to 1997” (our first exhibition).

An exhibition to celebrate the purchase of the village recreation ground in 1897 - displaying the ‘Curry Slides’ of village scenes taken on glass lantern slides in the 1890s, alongside photos taken of the same scenes in 1997.