ALHA is the umbrella group for local history and archaeology societies in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
We help member societies by compiling an annual list of recommended speakers, and by publicising societies’ activities through our newsletter and website. We organise a local history study day each year, and our AGM is accompanied by a lecture with a distinguished speaker.
Each year we publish 3-
We have strong links with the Regional History Centre at the University of the West of England, and with the libraries, archives, museums and other organisations in our area.
We offer both Society and individual membership, and further details can be found here..
Click on About Us for how to contact ALHA
Click on Publications for information about our publishing programme, and how you can contribute to the written history of our area.
Click on Events for details of the meetings, walks and other activities organised by our member societies.
Click on Groups for links to our member societies, and details of what they do and how you can contact them.
Click on Archive for back copies of ALHA publications “Quest” and “Avon Past”.
The end of August update is now available, and can be downloaded here.
Previous Newsletters, and monthly updates, are all available for download in the Archive section of the website.
The ALHA Diary of Events now appears in a different format. The three website pages showing the diary by date, society and speaker have been replaced by three downloadable pdf files. The files can be easily downloaded and printed, but unfortunately no longer include a clickable hyperlink to the website of the organising society. The three new files are:
Click on the file you want.
If your group is a member of ALHA and you would like to see events listed, please send them to the webmaster.
The ALHA Annual General Meeting and Joseph Bettey Lecture wil be held on Saturday afternoon, 6 October 2019, at St Michael’s Centre, North Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8PD. The AGM will be at 2 p.m., followed by refreshments. The Joseph Bettey Lecture follows at 3 p.m. and will be given by Dr. Madge Dresser, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, UWE, after many years as an Associate Professor in Social and Cultural British History. Her lecture is titled Landscapes of slavery -
The Lecture is free of charge and open to all. Please click to download the notice of meeting, annual accounts, secretary’s report, and minutes of the 2018 AGM. These documents will be available at the meeting.
The Crew’s Hole coal-
Brian Vincent, PhD, Dsc, FRSC is emeritus professor and senior research fellow in chemistry at the University of Bristol. To date he has published more than 300 original research papers, review articles and books including ALHA titles (no.18) The Herapaths of Bristol and (no.21) Chemistry in Bristol into the Early Twentieth Century.
Raymond Holland, B.Sc., Vincent’s long-
This latest ALHA publication was published on 15 September 2019 and costs £3.50 (plus 65p for p & p). Click for an order form.
Two new books will be published by ALHA on 6 October at our AGM, and as usual they can be ordered in advance at a reduced price. The two titles are:
The cover pictures show portraits of John King as Surgeon with a skull, and as artist with sketch pad and brush. For he, like several other surgeons, was also a prolific artist, one of what has been called the Bristol School as it flourished in the period 1800 – 1840. Here Michael Whitfield (author of many other ALHA booklets) tells their story.
This book is shorter than our usual volumes, but it contains a dozen fine re-
ALHA No 28
This picture of the Bedminster Temperance Hall and Free Library, built in 1853, well brings out the strong religious tone and affiliations of the temperance movement in Bristol.
Here Alan Clarke gives a fully documented account of the movement and the opposition to it – not only from the drinks industry. Although never quite achieving its aims, at the level of individual conviction or of national legislation, it spread temperance hotels and coffee houses all over the townscape – and remnants are still to be seen today.
ALHA No 30
The full price of each will be £3.50 (plus 65p for p & p). But only £2.85 plus 65p p&p for orders before 5 October 2019. Click for an order form.
Alan Clarke will be talking about his research at the UWE Seminar at “M” Shed on Thursday 19 September -
Because our print runs are short, ALHA publications can become unavailable quite quickly. Some of our publications are already out of print, while stocks of others are very limited. Others which were formerly unavailable have recently been reprinted. If you wish to order copies, please bear this in mind. Full details of availability can be seen on our Publications page and on the order form.
If you were unable to get to the Local History Day, were unable to hear or see some of the talks, or just want to refresh your memory, the text of four of the five talks can be downloaded here.
An exclusive event showcasing the archaeology and finds from excavations at North End, Yatton. Experts from Wessex Archaeology and North Somerset Council's archaeologist will be on hand to discuss the archaeology uncovered during excavations in 2017 and 2018.
Friday 20 September, 3 -
The day will be an opportunity for anyone who needs help or advice on family history matters to have face-
Representatives from Bath and Bristol Archives will be on hand to give information and advice. A number of local history societies and museums will also be attending to allow visitors to gather more information on the work and living conditions that their ancestors may have experienced. New and second-
Bristol & Avon FHS itself will be launching its new CD of transcriptions and indexes of Bristol Apprentices Books in Bristol Archives covering the period 1532 to 1724.
The first seminar in the 2019 will be on Thursday 19 September. The speaker is Alan Clarke, and his subject is Taking the Pledge: the Temperance Movement in Victorian and Edwardian Bristol. Alan Clarke is the author of the new ALHA publication on the same subject. Details of the series of seminars can be found here.
This September, ALHA member SGMRG are opening the coal mine sites at Oldwood Pits near Rangeworthy, Brandy Bottom, Pucklechurch, and Ram Hill near Coalpit Heath. Click for further details and dates.
ALHA offers grants to assist local history research, publications, events, conservation and other projects which accord with its charitable objectives. The Committee has wide discretion over the kind of work to be assisted and the terms of the assistance. Recent grants include one to support the publication of volumes of the Victoria County History to cover parts of Gloucestershire.
Details of the conditions and how to apply can be had from the Treasurer.
Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, walks and other activities taking place in Bristol in future weeks and months.
Click for details of the exhibitions, tours, and talks taking place in Bath.
The ALHA Summer Walk at Thornbury, August 2019
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The photo of Chipping Sodbury market was found on the Facebook page entitled Chipping Sodbury Photographs. The photo of Stanton Drew Stone Circle is by Michael Day and is taken from flickr. The photo of the Netham Lock in Bristol was taken by the webmaster. Click on each photo to see a full-
The photo of the summer walk is by Jan Packer.
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