Within a few years of its formation in 1845, our Society looked beyond the restoration of the Abbey and other churches. Together with our partners, we've focussed on the discovery of more of the history of the city and its environs. We've campaigned to protect our built heritage and archaeological sites. We've innovated pioneering techniques for investigation, conservation and documentation. And we've sought to inform the interested public of our shared history, through our website, publications and lectures.