Bristol History & Archaeology Society (BHAS) – Keynsham Abbey Working Group
After the construction of the by-pass through the remains of Keynsham Abbey during the 1960s, the Society Working Group decided to plant out what was left of the foundation walls with herbal monastic plants.
A small group of volunteers now maintain the gardens and remains located in the Memorial Park with a little help from Keynsham Council. We are always looking for help from adults of all ages with weeding, plaining and repairing the walls.
We provide information events about Keynsham Abbey – e.g., annual open days, guided tours, group events and ad-hoc visiting tours when we are working on site. In 2008 we held an exhibition as part of the National Archaeological Week.
Our members include those who were involved in the Archaeological dig of Keynsham Abbey (which ended in late 1990s), historical enthusiasts, keen gardeners and a researcher, who is currently working with the University of Exeter. We are all volunteers and are keen to recruit new members.
CREATING A LEGACY FOR KEYNSHAM
Speaking with many residents of Keynsham, it is clear that the history and significance of Keynsham Abbey is not well known within the local community. We are attempting to rectify this by preserving the Abbey Site, and where possible, increasing knowledge of the history and importance of Keynsham Abbey and the religious importance of location where the Abbey was built.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
If you would like to join our group and help preserve the importance of Keynsham Abbey, please fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page. We look forward to meeting you.
PRESENTATIONS & VISITS
If you would like more information on Keynsham Abbey, would like to arrange a visit or would like a member of our team to provide a presentation on the history of Keynsham Abbey and/or Bishop Heahmund, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.