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OBHAG - Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group

Oswestry & Border History & Archaeology Group, usually known as OBHAG, is an active and friendly group with a wide appeal to anyone interested in the heritage of this area. Our programme encompasses a broad range of archaeological and historical topics, and members are actively engaged in a variety of projects and initiatives.

OBHAG's origins can be traced to mid 1970s when the discovery of a substantial Roman marching camp at Rhyn Park, St Martins, by Professor Barri Jones of Manchester University ignited enthusiasm, and drew together some like-minded people. Almost forty years later the group is still going strong, with around one hundred members, and with more joining each year. Some of OBHAG's many achievements are listed below, and we hope there will be more to come. A recent innovation allows members to apply to the group for small amounts of funding to support their particular project.

Meetings with talks are held at 7.30 pm on the second Friday of the month in the Memorial Hall, Oswestry, and non members are welcome. In the early summer there are two evening visits to local places of interest and in July a day long trip with an expert guide; recent venues include Lichfield, Wigmore Castle and Leominster Priory and Mellor Mill, Stockport (industrial archaeology of the cotton industry).

So for all those interested in our local heritage, Oswestry & Border History and Archaeology Group offers a very warm welcome. There is up to date information and membership application forms on our websites, Original site - New format site ........
......or simply come along to one of the talks from the exciting new programme.

OBHAG Projects

The Rhyn Park Excavation

Wroxeter Hinterland Project: Working with others and the County Archaeology Service in further excavation of an Iron Age rampart on Llanymynech Hill.

The Morda Valley Research Project: Three years of research produced a comprehensive report with topics which included local field and place names, details of Offa's Dyke within the area, the mills formerly operating in the Morda Valley, and the small 'Oswestry Coalfield' which was worked from about 1750 to 1891 together with its associated local transport system. Many of the sites associated with this once thriving coal mining industry in and around Trefonen and the Morda Valley were formally recorded and the group received an Oswestry Hills Community Grant of 2,000 for the preservation of the top of a coalmine shaft at Trefonen.

The Old Oswestry Landscape and Archaeology Project (OOLAP). This project aimed to increase understanding of the landscape surrounding one of the most impressive Iron Age hillforts in Britain and ran for seven years. OBHAG worked in conjunction with the Oswestry Borough Council and others, successfully applied for Big Lottery funding and produced a celebratory Iron Age Festival. In addition a series of seven annual one day seminars held at the Marches School covering the archaeology and history of the Northern Marches from earliest times up to the Norman Conquest attracted capacity audiences and speakers of national renown. The seminar reports are still in demand and there are plans create a digitised resource.

The Lle Hanes exhibition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales at Meifod in 2015

Heritage Open Days. For the past five years OBHAG members have worked closely with The Oswestry Heritage Forum in delivering a programme of events recognised nationally as a model of good practice and again attracting Big Lottery funding

Oswestry Castle Research Project. With the aim of carrying out an extensive archaeology study of Oswestry's castle this is exciting project is led by OBHAG member Roger Cooper, and is affiliated to OBHAG.

The Victoria County History of Shropshire. We are currently exploring ways in which OBHAG members can become involved.

If you have an idea for a project or would like to take an active part in the group please let us know we need new blood!

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